World News Briefs — March 19, 2021 (Evening Edition)


Reuters: Paris goes into lockdown as COVID-19 variant rampages
PARIS (Reuters) – France imposed a month-long lockdown on Paris and parts of the north after a faltering vaccine rollout and spread of highly contagious coronavirus variants forced President Emmanuel Macron to shift course.
Since late January, when he defied the calls of scientists and some in his government to lock the country down, Macron has said he would do whatever it took to keep the euro zone's second largest economy as open as possible.
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MIDDLE EAST
Drones spark fire at Saudi refinery as Huthis advance on Yemen's Marib.
'How to end a war you didn't win': Yemen's Houthis seek Saudi concessions.
Lebanon's economic meltdown, fear of chaos push army to the edge.
Turkey detains dozens of pro-Kurdish party officials.
Turkish leader Erdoğan slams NATO ally Biden for calling Putin a ‘killer,’ says US president's remarks were ‘truly unacceptable’.
ICC gives Israel month to ask for war crimes probe delay.
Ten Iranian nationals charged with evading U.S. sanctions.
ASIA
Afghan government, Taliban agree to accelerate peace talks after Moscow summit.
Taliban expect US withdrawal in May; vow to restore Islamic rule.
Biden weighs keeping U.S. troops in Afghanistan until November.
Afghan president dismisses interior minister amid spate of attacks.
Myanmar junta faces calls to halt bloodshed but more die in anti-coup protests.
Military tightens grip in Myanmar as more international sanctions loom.
U.S. and China spar over racism at United Nations.
China controls Uighur minority through family separations, reports say.
Malaysia gives North Korea 48 hours to close embassy.
Coronavirus digest: India infections at three-month high.
AFRICA
DRCongo militia kills 200, displaces 40,000 this year: UN.
Fear and hostility simmer as Ethiopia’s military keeps hold on Tigray.
Ebola infects 30, kills 15 in Guinea, DRC.
Tanzania's first female leader urges unity after Covid sceptic Magufuli dies.
Congo's Sassou Nguesso tipped to win fourth term in presidential elections.
Algerians demonstrate in their thousands to demand free press, judiciary.
US presses Somalia to hold elections immediately.
Facing bleak future, Senegalese students turn against the government.
EUROPE
More Europeans dying from COVID now than last year, WHO says.
Germany weighs longer COVID lockdown amid 'exponential' rise.
Paris region and beyond to begin month-long limited lockdown on Friday.
AstraZeneca: German team discovers thrombosis trigger.
Boris Johnson gets first dose of AstraZeneca vaccine as countries resume use.
Norwegian PM Erna Solberg investigated for Covid rules breach.
Kremlin says Biden does not want to improve ties with Russia.
Russia hikes key rate for first time since 2018.
Embattled Armenian PM announces early parliamentary elections in June.
Ukraine imposes sanctions on former President Yanukovich.
EU proposes new rules to boost start-ups and catch up with the U.S. and China on tech.
Finland tops World Happiness Report for 4th consecutive year.
AMERICAS
White House blames 'fresh breeze' for knocking over Joe Biden THREE times as he walked up the stairs of Air Force One sparking fesh fears over the 78-year-old leader of the free world's health.
White House says Biden is 'quite busy' after Putin invites president for 'live' chat.
Biden says he's proud of secretary of State after confrontation with China.
White House staffers asked to resign or work remotely after revealing past marijuana use.
Cuomo faces new claims of sexual harassment from current aide.
Outer Capitol fence to come down this weekend.
Surging COVID-19 cases in Europe, Brazil signal warning for US.
Brazil stares into the abyss as Covid intensive care units fill up everywhere.
Trudeau condemns closed-door espionage trial of Canadian in China.
With Honduras' narco allegations, pressure rises to sanction its leader.
Detained Bolivia ex-president Anez requests release on health grounds.
Nearly half the U.S. is in drought and conditions are expected to grow worse, NOAA says.
TERRORISM/THE LONG WAR
'Caliphate' or not, Islamic State expands its reach.
Terrorists preparing provocations using poisonous substances in Syria's Idlib, Russian military says.
ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS
Wall Street ends mixed as Treasury yields pause.
Instagram working on child-friendly version of app.
Coronavirus: G7 backs IMF aid hike for low-income nations.
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