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Young Palestinian killed 

A young Palestinian man has succumbed to injuries he sustained during last month’s Israeli attack in the occupied West Bank. Amir Lowlah was hit by gunfire during a raid by the regime forces on the city of Nablus in late February. Israeli troops killed 11 Palestinians and wounded scores more that day. Israel has intensified its deadly crackdown on Palestinians in recent months. Regime forces have killed at least 92 Palestinians in the occupied territories so far this year. 

Korean peninsula tensions

North Korea has unveiled new, smaller nuclear warheads, amid mounting tensions on the Korean peninsula. Experts say the unveiling marks progress in miniaturizing warheads that are powerful yet small enough to mount on intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of striking the US. That comes as a US carrier strike group is set to arrive at a naval base in South Korea after conducting joint military drills. The North calls those drills rehearsals for an invasion of its territory. Amid tensions, the North’s leader has called for scaling up the production of weapons-grade materials to boost the country's nuclear arsenal. Kim Jong-Un says the policy is solely aimed at defending the country and bringing peace and stability to the region.

France pension reforms 

France is witnessing another day of strikes and protests over the controversial pension reforms. The day of action on Tuesday called by worker unions is the tenth such mobilization since protests started in mid-January against the legislation. People are angry over the overhaul, which includes raising the retirement age from 62 to 64. Similar strikes and protests on Thursday saw the most violent clashes yet between protesters and security forces, turning into pitched battles on the streets of Paris. The protests erupted after President Emmanuel Macron, almost two weeks ago, pushed the new pension law through parliament using a special provision sidestepping any vote. Unions have vowed no let-up in mass protests to get the government to back down.

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