Anadolu Agency Morning Briefing – March 15, 2022


ANKARA

Anadolu Agency is here with an overview of the latest developments in the world.

The Lebanese Prime Minister announced on Monday that he would not stand again in the legislative elections scheduled for May 15.

France has closed a mosque for six months as part of an ongoing campaign against Muslims and their places of worship.

The Kurdish Regional Government of Northern Iraq (KRG) summoned Iran’s consul general to Erbil early Tuesday over an Iranian missile attack on the city.

France, which holds the presidency of the European Union, announced on Monday evening that the bloc had approved a new round of sanctions against Russia for its war against Ukraine.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin will travel to Slovakia and Bulgaria this week after attending a meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels, the Pentagon announced on Monday.

The World Bank on Monday announced nearly $200 million in additional funding to help Ukraine’s social services for vulnerable people.

Slovakia announced on Monday that it had decided to expel three Russian diplomats from the country.

Citigroup, the US bank with the largest presence in Russia, said on Monday it would expand its exit from the country.

The International Monetary Fund said on Monday that Russia’s war on Ukraine had radically changed the outlook for Ukraine’s economy, with the global body expecting “a deep recession and significant reconstruction costs” amid of humanitarian crisis.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrived in Turkey on Monday for his first official visit since taking office.

Turkey will resolutely continue its efforts for a permanent ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine, the Turkish president said on Monday.

Peru’s Congress has approved a motion to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Pedro Castillo for permanent moral incapacity, the second attempt so far since he came to power in July 2021.

UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said on Monday that all remaining COVID-19 travel restrictions, including testing for arrivals, will end early this Friday.

A Fox News reporter was injured just outside Kyiv while covering Russia’s war on Ukraine, the US TV news reported on Monday.

Britain’s Supreme Court on Monday refused leave to appeal a High Court decision to extradite Julian Assange to the United States.

Ukraine faces a horrific humanitarian disaster as Russia pushes a war that has the potential to spread far beyond the country’s borders, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned on Monday.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will address members of the US Congress on Wednesday amid Russia’s ongoing war against his country.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered troops to refrain from storming major Ukrainian cities for fear of heavy civilian casualties, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

At least two civilians were killed as Russian forces targeted an apartment building in the capital kyiv, the country’s state emergency service said on Monday.

Turkiye denied claims that an ancient inscription found in East Jerusalem and brought to Istanbul during the Ottoman period was delivered to Israel, diplomatic sources said on Sunday.

Three weeks into the war in Russia, more than 2.8 million people have fled Ukraine and 6.7 million have been internally displaced, UN agencies said on Monday.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian is due to travel to Moscow on Tuesday to discuss the Vienna nuclear talks and the situation in crisis-ridden Ukraine.

The EU on Monday welcomed the latest talks between Turkish and Greek leaders, expressing hope that relations between the countries will continue to improve.

Australia joined its Western partners on Monday in announcing new sanctions against 33 prominent Russian businessmen and their relatives, an official said.

German automaker Volkswagen said on Monday it had suspended production at its facilities in China amid a lockdown in the country.

Australia and the Netherlands are taking legal action against Russia over the downing of the MH17 airliner in 2014, Canberra announced on Monday.

Russia’s war on Ukraine is likely to dominate a Monday meeting between top US and Chinese officials in Rome.

Leftist candidate Gustavo Petro won Colombia’s presidential primary on Sunday and has emerged as the potential candidate for elections to be held in May.

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