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Sudan fighting

The evacuation of foreign nationals from Sudan continues amid escalating violence in the country. Another more than 360 Indonesians evacuated from Sudan arrived home on Sunday. A number of citizens of other countries have already been evacuated. Meanwhile, Sudan's former prime minister Abdalla Hamdok warned that the conflict in the turbulent African nation could degenerate into one of the world's worst civil wars if not stopped early. Fighting between Sudan’s army and a major paramilitary group has entered a third week despite the extension of an uneasy ceasefire. More than 500 people have been killed since the start of the battles on April 15.

Israel Jericho siege

The Israeli military’s blockade of the occupied West Bank city of Jericho is now in its ninth day. Temporary military checkpoints have been set up by the Israeli army at all the main entrances to the ancient city also known as Ariha. Long lines of vehicles have been formed as Israeli forces searched Palestinians and performed identity checks. Palestinians say the siege is part of Israel's collective punishment policy. Jericho is a major tourist attraction at this time of the year but the blockade has drastically cut visitors. The city and the adjacent Aqabat Jabr refugee camp have also seen deadly Israeli military assaults in recent weeks. 

France Protests

After months of demonstrations over pension reforms, people have once again taken to streets across France. This time, they have voiced anger at a controversial immigration bill that provides greater scope for deportation. Protests were held in the French capital, Marseille and Rennes. The protesters dismissed the bill as a racist law, saying it aims to speed up the expulsion of illegal migrants, especially foreigners who commit crimes. The government says the measure makes it easier for illegal immigrants to obtain permits IF they work in sectors where manpower is needed. But critics believe the reforms are too authoritarian. The protests come while the French president is under fire for using his special constitutional powers to adopt a deeply unpopular pension law.

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