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Israel controversial reforms

The Israeli president has urged the cabinet to halt its controversial judicial reforms, a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sacked his military affairs minister for opposing the move. Isaac Herzog asked Netanyahu to stop the judicial overhaul to protect what he called the unity of people. Netanyahu sacked Yoav Gallant after he called for a one-month pause in the process, citing the turmoil in the ranks of the military over the reforms. The dismissal drew widespread criticism from Israeli officials. It also followed massive street protests, which involved scuffles between police and demonstrators.

Germany strike

Travel chaos in Germany as transport sector workers begin a massive 24-hour walkout across the country. Workers at airports, ports, railways, buses and metro lines have joined the strike. They demand higher pay in the face of soaring inflation. Workers' unions have asked for a 10-12% rise in monthly salaries. However, most public and private sector companies have so far refused the demands. The strike is one of the biggest in Germany in decades. It follows industrial actions in several sectors in recent months. Germany is one of the major European economies that have been reeling from soaring cost of living since the beginning of the war in Ukraine.

Korean Peninsula tensions

South Korea says the North has test-fired two short-range ballistic missiles amid heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula. South Korea's military said the projectiles were fired into the sea off North Korea’s east coast, also known as the Sea of Japan. Meanwhile, Japan's Coast Guard said the projectiles fell in waters outside the country’s exclusive economic zone. Japanese media said both missiles flew to an altitude of 50 km, covering a range of 370 km. The latest launches came as Seoul and Washington are carrying out a joint amphibious landing exercise, just days after wrapping up their largest combined drills in five years. The allies claim that such drills are essential for regional and global stability. However, Pyongyang considers them as a hostile act and a rehearsal for the invasion of its territory. It says the recent drills are a practice for occupying North Korea.

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