Anadolu Agency’s Morning Briefing – April 30, 2022


ANKARA 

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

The US has begun training Ukrainian forces on new military systems at American military installations in Germany, the Pentagon announced on Friday.

Blasting Berlin’s attempt to interfere with independent Turkish courts, Turkiye on Friday summoned the German envoy in Ankara after Germany summoned Turkiye’s ambassador in Berlin over this week’s Osman Kavala verdict.

At least 10 people were killed and 30 others wounded when a bomb exploded in a mosque in the Afghan capital Kabul during Friday prayers, authorities said.

Former Wimbledon tennis champion Boris Becker has been jailed for two years and six months after breaking the terms of his 2017 bankruptcy agreement.

The Central Bank of Russia on Friday lowered its key interest rate by 300 basis points, seeing room for reduction this year.

The EU border agency chief has stepped down after a probe into the agency’s involvement in illegal pushbacks, multiple news outlets reported on Friday.

Turkiye’s foreign trade gap reached $26.4 billion in the first quarter of 2022, up 138.5% on a yearly basis, the country’s statistical authority said on Friday.

COVID-19-related fatalities in Turkiye on Friday fell into single digits, the first time the figure has been that low in over two years, the country’s health minister said.

In a tit-for-tat move, Russia on Friday slapped sanctions on some officials from Iceland, Norway, Greenland, and the Faroe Islands.

NASA has announced that its James Webb space telescope has fully aligned, and is now capable of capturing “crisp, well-focused images” from around the universe.

Norway will close its ports and borders to Russian goods traffic, said the local media on Friday.

NATO on Friday said its fighter jets stationed around the Baltic and the Black Sea regions intercepted Russian jets near the alliance airspace on several occasions this week.

Swedish Parliament is likely to make a final decision on applying for NATO membership in mid-May, the country’s foreign minister said on Friday, who also pledged a stronger security commitment to the military alliance of 30 countries if it becomes a member.

More than 3,000 people died or went missing while trying to cross into European countries in 2021, an official from the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said on Friday.



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