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Battle for Donbas

Russia pressing for control over Ukraine’s southeastern Donbas region, after taking full control of the port city of Mariupol.

Australia election

Australia’s opposition Labor party leader, Anthony Albanese, claims victory in national elections, ending nearly a decade of conservative rule. Australia’s outgoing conservative Prime Minister Scott Morrisson already conceded defeat. Morrison said even though vote counting is not complete, the opposition party looks likely to form a government. Early results show, the Labor Party has won 72 house seats and needs 76 seats of the 151 of them to form a government. Albanese’s election campaign focused on climate change and spiking inflation coupled with the sluggish wage growth. Australia’s inflation has surged to its highest in over two decades, leaving many people concerned about rising living costs.

Palestinian funeral

Palestinians in the occupied West Bank have held a funeral for a 17-year-old killed by Israeli forces. Mourners condemned Tel Aviv for its crimes. The victim identified as Amjad al-Fayed was shot dead during a raid on Jenin refugee camp. Another Palestinian teenager was also critically wounded. Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh condemned Fayed's killing, stressing that the international community should hold Israel accountable for its acts. The incident came days after the Israeli military killed Palestinian journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, while she was covering a regime raid on the refugee camp. In recent months, Jenin has been at the center of tensions in the occupied territories.

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