World News Briefs — March 24, 2021 (Night Edition)


AFP: EU limits vaccine exports as US sees health gains for elderly
The European Union on Wednesday tightened vaccine export controls in a bid to ramp up its stuttering inoculation campaign while the United States said its inoculation drive was already showing results for over-65s.
Under the EU's new rules, the bloc's European Commission executive will weigh how needy countries are as well as how readily they export doses to the EU before approving shipments. "Open roads should run in both directions," commission chief Ursula von der Leyen said.
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MIDDLE EAST
Israel election: near-complete results suggest extended deadlock.
Hezbollah, Iran’s control of Syrian areas helps them transport weapons: Tlass.
Israel military hits ‘Hamas positions’ in Gaza.
Qatar reimposes coronavirus-related restrictions.
Erdogan says Turkey will continue to cultivate ties with Russia, US, EU, Arab countries.
UN confirms report on Saudi threat against Khashoggi investigator.
Syria provides Lebanon oxygen supplies amid dire shortages.
Jordan police detain scores of activists, break up protests.
ASIA
US weighs a temporary bombing halt in Afghanistan to spur peace talks.
Taliban slam Afghan president's proposal for new election.
North Korea fires missile into Sea of Japan in SECOND launch this week – reports.
North Korea lambastes 'human rights clown show' after U.N. resolution.
S. Korea, US, Japan to hold high-level talks next week.
China aims to boost ties with North Korea and Russia in wake of U.S. talks.
China embassy takes swipe at 'fusty' Japan over South China Sea.
Mistrust between China, India at all-time high, says U.S. admiral.
Myanmar military frees hundreds of detained protesters, child victim buried.
Olympic torch relay kicks off pandemic-delayed Tokyo 2020.
AFRICA
Mozambique: Armed group attacks town near gas project.
17 dead in east DR Congo attacks blamed on ADF militia.
Niger wrestles with security nightmare as death toll rises.
Kenya demands UN close 2 refugee camps.
Nigeria, Western allies stage naval drills in piracy hotspot.
France to reopen Libyan embassy in show of support for interim government.
Libyan commander wanted for war crimes by ICC shot dead.
Hotel Rwanda ‘hero’ quits trial, says does not expect justice.
Ever Given, the massive cargo ship that ran aground in the Suez Canal, is still stuck.
Container ship stuck in Suez Canal could take days to dislodge, holding up transportation of oil.
EUROPE
Pandemic rages in Eastern Europe leaving hospitals struggling to cope.
US, EU agree to reboot bilateral talks on China, address Russia challenge.
U.S., EU top diplomats vow to cooperate on Russia's 'challenging' behavior.
Ukraine places sanctions on dozens of Russian officials, entities.
Russia: Alexei Navalny's health worsens in penal colony, lawyers say.
Canada slaps sanctions on nine Russian officials over Navalny.
Russia will react accordingly to Canadian sanctions, says Kremlin.
AMERICAS
U.S. COVID-19 cases top 30 million as states race to vaccinate.
US records over 30M coronavirus cases amid vaccination effort.
Vice President Kamala Harris to lead White House efforts to stem migration at the border.
Kamala Harris to hold discussion with Bill Clinton on 'empowering women and girls,' igniting criticism.
McConnell says he and Biden aren't talking.
Top Senate Republican blasts sweeping U.S. election reform bill as 'power grab'.
US Coast Guard seizes $330 million in illegal drugs.
Brazil marks more than 3,000 daily Covid-19 deaths, a grim new record.
Mexico to speed up vaccine rollout, fearing risk of new COVID-19 wave.
Ex FARC leader asks US Congress for help with peace deal.
Report: 2020 saw more violence and abuses in Colombia.
TERRROISM/THE LONG WAR
Biden wants to explore keeping U.S. counter-terrorism troops in Afghanistan: top lawmaker.
US Air Force F-15Es and F-16s take part in operation to take out ISIS in Iraq.
Niger wrestles with security nightmare as death toll rises.
Suspected insurgents attack Mozambique key town.
ECONOMY/FINANCE/BUSINESS
Asian equities poised to seesaw as U.S. economic news pushes indexes lower.
Yellen defends IMF reserve increase aimed at poor nations.
Chinese hackers used Facebook to target Uighurs abroad, tech giant says.
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