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North Korea nuclear test 

A South Korean lawmaker warns that North Korea is ready to conduct a nuclear test at any moment. Following a briefing by the National Intelligence Service, the lawmaker talked about the completion of Pyongyang’s preparations for a nuclear test, adding they're only looking for the right time. Meanwhile, the United States has warned that a possible nuclear test could happen while President Joe Biden is in Seoul this week. This is going to be Biden's first trip as president to Asia. And the US intelligence says it's possible that North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un would stage a provocation after Biden arrives in Seoul late Friday. The US and North Korea have been locked in a standoff over Pyongyang’s missile and nuclear tests, which the White House describes as provocative. But the North argues it needs them to protect itself from America.

Palestine resistance 

The al-Quds Brigades, which is the military wing of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, says its forces are ready for confrontation with the Israeli regime. The resistance group says it's prepared for a war with Tel Aviv in the Gaza Strip, Jenin or other parts of the occupied territories. It has pledged to continue resistance until the liberation of all Palestinian land. According to Quds Brigades, resistance has grown stronger and more equipped in the past year, and is ready to repel any Israeli attack. Israeli forces have in recent months escalated their raids on the al-Aqsa Mosque as well as the occupied West Bank. The atrocities have led to widespread protests. 

Global food crisis 

The UN Secretary-General has warned about years of mass hunger and famine if no steps are taken to contain a global food crisis worsened by the war in Ukraine. Antonio Guterres was addressing a food security meeting at the UN. He said the war in Ukraine is compounding global food insecurity amid warming temperatures and the coronavirus pandemic. The UN chief said the number of severely food insecure people has doubled from 135 million to 276 million in just two years. Guterres said the war in Ukraine threatens to tip tens of millions of people over the edge into food insecurity. The war and economic sanctions on Russia have increased global prices for food and fuel, especially in developing countries. Russia and Ukraine account for nearly a third of global wheat supplies.

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