Israel political crisis
The Israeli prime minister has announced a pause to divisive judicial reforms moving through parliament, after weeks of street rallies that drew tens of thousands of protesters. Benjamin Netanyahu says he has made this decision to prevent a rupture among people. A party allied to Netanyahu says he has decided to delay the process for discussions on the reforms package until next month. Israel has been rocked by 12 consecutive weeks of street protests against Netanyahu's plan. Earlier on Monday, Israel’s top trade union also announced a general strike. The reforms have also created divisions inside the cabinet. Netanyahu sacked his minister for military affairs for opposing the plan. The Israeli president urged the cabinet to halt its plan to protect what he called the unity of people.
Condemning Qur'an desecration
Iran has strongly condemned the recent desecration of the Holy Qur’an by a group of far-right extremists in Denmark. Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan’ani censured the silence of self-proclaimed human rights advocates, saying such acts instigate hatred and extremism and spread violence. Kan’ani said turning a blind eye to such sacrilegious acts is completely against international human rights principles. The spokesman said the Islamic Republic expects that Danish officials prevent the repetition of such incidents. Members of a far-right group in Denmark, dubbed The Patriots Go Live, burned a copy of the Qur’an on Friday in front of the Turkish embassy. The move drew strong condemnation from several Muslim countries.
UK industrial action
In the UK, an industrial action by civil and public servants is set to continue for a month, culminating in an all-out strike by 133,000 workers on April 28. The Public and Commercial Services union says its members want to increase the pressure on the government and are not backing down. They are mainly protesting over their pay, but other bones of contention include pensions, redundancy terms and job security. The UK has seen a wave of strikes across various public sectors in recent months with workers demanding inflation-matching pay rises amid a cost of living crisis. The country's inflation hit a 40-year high of more than 11-percent in October. The government says big pay raises are unaffordable and will only fuel inflation.
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