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Supporting Palestine

The Iranian president has called on Muslim countries to come together in supporting Palestinians and condemning Israeli aggression. Ebrahim Raeisi said such convergence and consensus is both important and necessary. He was talking to Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the phone. The Bangladeshi premier, for her part, censured Israel's criminal acts against Palestinians, particularly in the holy month of Ramadan. She said her country will not waver in its stance against the Israeli regime’s atrocities. Israel has been stepping up violence against Palestinians, killing nearly 100 in the occupied West Bank this year alone. The regime’s forces have also been launching raids into the al-Aqsa Mosque, arresting and injuring hundreds of Palestinians.

Tunisia political crisis

Tunisian police have arrested Ennahda party leader, Rached Ghannouchi, as crackdown on opposition figures intensifies. Ennahda said police raided Ghannouchi's house and took him to an unknown location. They also raided and searched the party's main headquarters. A senior police official said Ghannouchi had been brought in to be questioned for making inciting statements. Several high-profile Tunisian political figures have been arrested this year after accusing President Kais Saied of a coup. They have been charged with conspiring against state security. Saied shut down the elected parliament in 2021 and moved to rule by decree before rewriting the constitution. The president says his moves were needed to save Tunisia from years of crisis. His measures, however, triggered mass protests amid concerns that the North African country was sliding back into autocracy.

Korean Peninsula tensions

Pyongyang slams Washington for escalating regional tensions to the brink of explosion as the US, South Korea, and Japan stage a new round of military drills. The joint naval missile exercises were held in waters between Korea and Japan. Seoul says the drills seek to boost trilateral cooperation against what it calls North Korea's escalating nuclear and missile threats. A senior North Korean official, however, said the exercises are a simulation of a preemptive nuclear strike and an all-out war against his country. He slammed the recent deployment of American strategic bombers to the region, saying it proves that the US nuclear threat and blackmail against North Korea cannot be overlooked. The situation is growing increasingly volatile on the Korean Peninsula. The US has been stepping up military drills with allies in the region while North Korea has been responding with a range of missile tests and other military activities.

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