World News Briefs — February 24, 2021 (Evening Edition)

Israel has vaccinated the highest proportion of its population against the virus in the world. The authorities there are hoping this will enable them to get back to business as usual quicker
Daily Mail: UK and the US may achieve 'herd immunity' through Covid jabs before the end of 2021… but Germany, France and Italy will have to TRIPLE their current speed to inoculate 70% of their population, data shows
* UK is already dishing out 358,340 doses a day on average, a report by German company Statista says * This is 46 per cent more jabs than the country needs to achieve herd immunity by December 31 this year * France, Germany and Italy, however, will need to more than double the pace of their rollouts they said Britain and the US may be on the cusp of herd immunity by the end of 2021 thanks to their speedy Covid vaccine roll-outs, data suggested today.
But forecasters analysing the current pace of the global inoculation drive have warned Germany, France and Italy must rapidly speed up to reach the same threshold.
Herd immunity is when an infectious disease stops naturally spreading in a population because enough people are protected against the disease.
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MIDDLE EAST
Syria war: Russian jets 'bomb IS positions in desert region'.
U.N. aid chief urges Gulf states to step up to avert Yemen famine.
UN: Yemen faces world’s worst famine and needs $3.85 billion.
Iran says up to U.S. to move first on saving nuclear deal.
U.S. patience with Iran on renewing nuclear talks 'not unlimited': State Department.
U.N. expert: Iran committed multiple human rights violations in plane shootdown.
Iraqi Christians, decimated by Islamist violence, prepare for pope's visit.
Israel's Netanyahu sets April target for reopening economy.
Israel launches 'green pass' for vaccinated people.
ASIA
India warns of worsening COVID-19 situation, vaccinations to expand.
Myanmar students, doctors plan more protests against military rule.
Indonesia presses regional effort to resolve Myanmar crisis.
Civilian casualties in Afghanistan down, targeted killings up, UN says.
China rejects growing Western criticism at U.N. rights forum.
North Korea enslaving political prisoners to fund weapons programme: South Korea rights group.
Russia hosts new Kyrgyzstan leader on his 1st foreign trip.
Virus-weary Australia hails prospect of Brisbane Olympics.
Australia passes landmark law requiring Facebook, Google to pay for news.
AFRICA
CAR: Pro-government forces capture ex-president’s stronghold.
Niger opposition leader claims election win despite results.
Nigeria's Boko Haram crisis: Maiduguri rocket attack kills 10.
Mozambicans displaced by insurgency desperate to return home.
UN Eritrea expert urges probe of refugee camp attack in Ethiopia.
COVID cases in Africa were 'underreported'.
Ghana becomes 1st nation to receive COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX program.
'Immense joy' as Senegal begins public vaccine distribution.
Tunisia ex-presidential candidate released on bail.
EUROPE
Merkel says COVID variants risk third virus wave, must proceed carefully.
Czech Republic faces 'hellish days', needs tighter COVID measures, PM says.
France considers new local lockdowns to stem ‘worsening’ Covid-19 situation.
EU mulls vaccination passports to resurrect tourism after COVID-19.
Putin warns of unnamed foreign efforts to destabilize Russia.
Russia beefs up fines for protest violations after Navalny rallies.
No breakthrough at UK-EU talks, says Northern Ireland's Foster.
Georgians protest against arrest of opposition leader Nika Melia.
Police pelted with stones, garbage dumpsters set alight in Catalonia’s 9th night of riots over jailed rapper Pablo Hasel.
German investigators seize 23 tonnes of cocaine in record European haul.
AMERICAS
Capitol Police head describes agency unprepared for mass attacks.
Top House Republicans Kevin McCarthy and Liz Cheney publicly clash on Trump as he backs him speaking at CPAC and she says ex-president should have no role 'in future of country'.
US to seek spot on UN Human Rights Council, Blinken says.
US Senate confirms veteran diplomat Thomas-Greenfield as new ambassador to UN.
Biden orders 100-day review amid supply chain strains.
Texas governor vows to overhaul electric grid operator after storm failure.
Mexican president says Mexico doing better than US on virus.
Venezuela kicks out EU envoy to protest sanctions.
Prison riots across three Ecuadorian prisons kill at least 75.
Facebook exploring potential news licensing agreements in Canada: source.
TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR
German court convicts 'IS recruiter' Abu Walaa.
German court convicts exiled fugitive of Syria regime in landmark ruling.
Turkish police nab Iraqi IS suspect, rescue Yazidi girl.
ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS
Wall Street finishes up as Fed's Powell soothes inflation fears.
More than 200 groups urge G20 to back IMF issuance to help poor countries in pandemic.
Moderna developing booster shot for new coronavirus variants, increases vaccine production target.
Price of Brent crude oil surpasses $67 per barrel first time since January 2020.
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