Anadolu Agency’s Morning Briefing – March 8, 2023

Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments around the world. Special forces in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi began dispersing people who had gathered near the parliament building to protest the adoption of a bill on foreign agents, local media reported early Wednesday. A 26-year-old Palestinian man was shot and critically injured in the chest and later pronounced dead. Five others were also injured, according to a statement by the Palestinian Health Ministry. Trkiye late Tuesday strongly condemned the increasing attacks and violence by Israeli forces and settlers in the West Bank. The US threw its support Tuesday behind a deadly Israeli military raid in Jenin in the occupied West Bank. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on Tuesday welcomed Sweden’s new anti-terror legislation which includes the PKK, describing it as a step up in the country’s fight against terrorism. Last month’s earthquakes could cost Trkiye more than $100 billion, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) estimated. A total of 16 countries have set up 34 field hospitals in southern Trkiye after powerful earthquakes shook the region last month, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said Tuesday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met Tuesday with his Sierra Leonean counterpart Julius Maada Wonie Bio in the capital Ankara for talks. British Home Secretary Suella Braverman said a new bill that will be brought to the House of Commons on Tuesday will ‘stop the boats’ carrying migrants across the Channel. If it was passed, the UK asylum legislation “would amount to an asylum ban,” the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Tuesday, expressing concern over the matter. US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad on Tuesday on an unannounced visit. The State Department said Tuesday that two of four Americans who survived a kidnapping in Mexico have been repatriated to the US. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy dismissed the deputy head of the country’s security services amid the continued purge of top government officials accused of corruption. China on Tuesday warned against a ‘Ukraine-style’ crisis in Asia, urging unity in the face of difficulties in pursuing security and development. Croatia supports Kosovo’s participation in all international organizations including the EU, the Croatian foreign minister said Tuesday. US Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said Tuesday that the central bank’s rate hikes are “likely to be higher” than previously expected.

Source: Anadolu Agency

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