Saudi-led coalition says it thwarted Houthi missile attack on Riyadh

Saudi-led coalition says it thwarted Houthi missile attack on Riyadh
CAIRO (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen’s Iranian-aligned Houthi militia said on Saturday it had thwarted a ballistic missile attack by the Houthis on the Saudi capital Riyadh, Saudi state television reported.The coalition also said it had detected the launch of a number of explosive-laden drones from Houthi territory.One heading towards the nearby town… Read More

Romania ships first batch of AstraZeneca vaccine to Moldova

Romania ships first batch of AstraZeneca vaccine to Moldova
BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania shipped its first donation of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine to neighbouring Moldova on Saturday to allow Moldova to start vaccinating frontline medical workers next week.FILE PHOTO: A test tube labelled "vaccine" in front of an AstraZeneca logo in this illustration taken, September 9, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo/File PhotoMoldova and neighbouring Ukraine, two… Read More

RPT-Palestinians shut West Bank schools to contain coronavirus variants

RPT-Palestinians shut West Bank schools to contain coronavirus variants
(Repeats for wider distribution, no changes to text)RAMALLAH, West Bank, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Schools in the occupied West Bank will shut down for 12 days in an effort to stop a sharp rise in coronavirus variant infections, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh said on Saturday.High schools will be exempt from the closure which will… Read More

Israel says initial assessment is Iran behind explosion on Israeli-owned ship

Israel says initial assessment is Iran behind explosion on Israeli-owned ship
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli defence minister Benny Gantz said on Saturday his “initial assessment” was that Iran was responsible for an explosion on an Israeli-owned ship in the Gulf of Oman.FILE PHOTO: Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz attends a cabinet meeting of the new government at the Chagall Hall in the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament… Read More

RPT-Romania ships first batch of AstraZeneca vaccine to Moldova

RPT-Romania ships first batch of AstraZeneca vaccine to Moldova
(Repeats for wider distribution with no changes to text)BUCHAREST, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Romania shipped its first donation of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine to neighbouring Moldova on Saturday to safeguard frontline doctors, Prime Minister Florin Citu said.In December, Romania’s centrist President Klaus Iohannis said Bucharest would donate 200,000 doses of vaccine to Moldova, in a gesture… Read More

Colombia extends closure of river, land borders until June 1

Colombia extends closure of river, land borders until June 1
BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombia will keep its land and river borders closed for three months, until June 1, as it tries to curb the spread of coronavirus, its migration agency said on Saturday.“We cannot lower our guard,” Juan Francisco Espinosa, director general of the migration agency, said in a statement. “Covid doesn’t distinguish between nationalities… Read More

Iran says U.S. air strikes in Syria encourage terrorism in the region

Iran says U.S. air strikes in Syria encourage terrorism in the region
(Reuters) - Friday’s U.S. air strikes against Iran-backed militias in eastern Syria encourage terrorism in the region, Iran’s top security official, Ali Shamkhani, said on Saturday.FILE PHOTO: A closer view of an Iraq-Syria border crossing and buildings before airstrikes, seen in this February 3, 2021 handout satellite image provided by Maxar. Satellite image (copyright) 2021… Read More