Anadolu Agency’s Morning Briefing – Aug. 9, 2022

Former US President Donald Trump said his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida was being raided by the FBI, decrying the unprecedented "assault."

Palestine urged the international community to provide protection in the wake of recent Israeli attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip that left 46 Palestinians dead.

Taiwan said it had detected 39 Chinese military jets flying around the self-ruled island as Beijing extended its massive military drills in response to US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taipei last week.

US President Joe Biden said he is "not worried" about Chinese military exercises near Taiwan that Beijing just extended but expressed measured concern over the scope of the drills.

The father and son who were convicted of hate crimes and murder in connection with the 2020 killing of Ahmaud Arbery got second life sentences in a US federal court.

The killings of four Muslim men in the US city of Albuquerque, New Mexico have shaken residents as police continue to search for motives and clues.

US President Joe Biden vowed to ensure a steadfast federal response as he toured areas of eastern Kentucky ravaged by floods that claimed the lives of at least 37 people.

The US announced a major new military aid package of $1 billion for Ukraine, including additional ammunition for long-range multiple-rocket systems being used by Kyiv to destroy critical Russian infrastructure in areas occupied by Russian forces.

The World Bank Group announced $4.5 billion in additional financing mobilized for Ukraine under the Public Expenditures for Administrative Capacity Endurance in Ukraine (PEACE) Project.

The US has obtained a warrant for the seizure of an airplane owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Andrei Skoch worth over $90 million, the Justice Department announced.

The US Treasury Department announced that it has imposed sanctions on cryptocurrency mixer Tornado Cash for laundering more than $7 billion worth of virtual currency since 2019.

The Finnish prime minister urged EU countries to impose additional sanctions to restrict Russian tourists’ entry into the Schengen countries.

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell has offered a "final text" to the parties to reach a consensus in the ongoing Iran nuclear negotiations, said an EU official.

Turkish Coast Guard units in Izmir province rescued eight asylum seekers illegally pushed back by Greek forces and found three others dead, said an official statement.

The US estimates that Russia has taken 70,000-80,000 casualties in Ukraine since the beginning of the war in February, according to a Pentagon official.

Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend the UN General Assembly in New York this September, the Kremlin said.

There are currently no "necessary prerequisites" for a meeting between Russia and Ukraine’s presidents, a Kremlin spokesman said.

German biotechnology company BioNTech announced that it plans to deliver omicron-adapted vaccines as soon as October.

The UN and European Union welcomed the truce between Israel and the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad following an upsurge of violence in the Gaza Strip.

Chad's transitional military authorities and rebel groups signed a peace agreement in Doha following five months of talks hosted in the Qatari capital.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Türkiye will clear the last 'terror nests' along its Syrian border.

The Turkish president also said that Al-Aqsa in Palestine is a red line for Türkiye and Ankara backs a two-state solution in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and supports Palestine's sovereignty.

More than 305,000 tons of grain were safely shipped from Ukrainian ports through 10 commercial vessels in one week as part of a recent grain export deal signed between Türkiye, the UN, Russia and Ukraine.

As tensions rise in the Karabakh region, Azerbaijan said Armenia targeted its military positions 10 times over the past 24 hours.

Millions of Germans won’t be able to afford rising energy costs this winter, the president of the German Tenants' Association warned.

Several forest fires ravaged France, destroying hundreds of hectares of forests and continuing to pose risks amid an ongoing heat wave and strong winds.

Source: Anadolu Agency