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Anadolu Agency’s Morning Briefing – March 15, 2023

Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments around the world.

Tent cities and containers have been set up at more than 500 locations for earthquake victims after the Feb. 6 earthquakes in southeastern Türkiye, the country’s vice president Fuat Oktay said.

With the Black Sea grain deal set to expire on Saturday, Türkiye said Tuesday that talks on its extension are still underway.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog has described the situation in the country as “very serious” amid a debate on the government’s move seeking a judiciary overhaul.

Sweden and Finland can be ratified as NATO member states at different stages, the Swedish prime minister said.

While South Korea is planning to increase its 52-hour workweek to 69 hours per week, President Yoon Suk Yeol has directed concerned officials to seek input from the young generation before making any final decision, local media reported.

Türkiye will host an extraordinary summit of leaders of the Organization of Turkic States (OTS) on Thursday, the organization said.

Hundreds of supporters of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan clashed with police in the northeastern city of Lahore on Tuesday after law enforcement officers besieged Khan’s residence to arrest him on a court order.

The Vice-President of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has visited the country’s humanitarian campaign dedicated for earthquake victims in Türkiye and Syria.

Annual consumer inflation in the US came in at 6% in February, easing from 6.4% in January, according to official figures.

Türkiye’s leading news agency Anadolu launched an initiative Monday to grant scholarships to graduate students studying it for their master’s and doctoral dissertations.

Facebook’s parent company Meta announced that it will cut 10,000 jobs and not fill 5,000 open positions.

Russia’s lower chamber of parliament, the State Duma, approved in the third and final reading several bills on introducing criminal liability for discrediting all participants of its “special military operation” in Ukraine.

A total of 1,483 allegations of violence were reported against 1,539 police officers in England and Wales over a period of six months, according to data released by the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

Danish multinational pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk announced that it will lower insulin prices in the US by up to 75% for individuals living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Some 37 African countries are vulnerable due to a shortage of health workers, according to the updated World Health Organization (WHO) health workforce support and safeguards list, while 55 countries are at risk of such a shortage.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres discussed the extending of the grain deal.

German authorities identified at least 319 suspected cases of right-wing extremism in the armed forces, said parliamentary armed forces ombudsman Eva Hogl.

The upcoming Arab summit will be held in Saudi Arabia in May, Arab League Secretary-General Ahmed Aboul Gheit said.

A Russian SU-27 fighter jet crashed into a US Reaper drone in international airspace above the Black Sea, causing the American plane to crash, the Pentagon said.

FIFA confirmed that the 2026 World Cup will be played with 48 teams divided into 12 groups and will have 104 matches, up from 64.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said it would be “complete nonsense” to say that the blasts on the Nord Stream gas pipelines were organized by pro-Ukrainian activists.

The US is working to declassify a video of what it said was an “unsafe” Russian intercept of an American drone above the Black Sea that led to the aircraft’s downing, the Pentagon said.

Warning of escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians, the EU’s foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said the bloc should do all it can to achieve peace in the Middle East.

Mexico’s armed forces seized more than 1.8 million fentanyl pills and 400 kilograms of methamphetamine as well as a vehicle and property in the city of Tijuana in northwestern Baja California state, the Ministry of National Defense said.

Argentine President Alberto Fernandez has been taken to a hospital in central Buenos Aires after suffering from acute lower back pain, according to a statement.

Saudi Arabia said it hopes to continue “constructive dialogue” with Iran in light of an agreement to resume diplomatic relations after officials of the two countries met in China.

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