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World in brief: January 31, 2023

ITALY: After being on hunger strike since October last year to protest against harsh prison conditions, Italian anarchist Alfredo Cospito was transferred on Monday from a prison in Sardinia to another in Milan for medical care.

Mr Cospito was convicted and sentenced to 10 years in prison for a shooting attack on the chief executive of a nuclear engineering company outside his home in Genoa in 2012. He has also been convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison for dynamite attacks in Italy.

TYRE NICHOLS: Two more Memphis police officers have been disciplined and three emergency responders fired in connection with the death of Tyre Nichols on January 10, officials said Monday.

Officer Preston Hemphill, who is white, was relieved of duty shortly after Mr Nichols’s January 7 arrest. Another unnamed officer had also been relieved of duties. This brought the total number of officers disciplined to seven.

CHINA: China’s government criticised US controls on technology exports as a trade violation, after Washington limited Beijing’s access to materials to make advanced processor chips.

The Foreign Ministry accused Washington of abusing export controls and organising other governments to “maintain its hegemony” and contain China.

BOLSONARO: Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has requested a six-month visitor visa to stay in the US, indicating that he may have no immediate intention of returning home where legal issues await.

Mr Bolsonaro is being investigated over whether he had any role in inciting a coup in Brazil on January 8 where his supporters attempted to overturn his defeat in the presidential election at the hands of Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva.  

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