by rferl.org 03/28/2021
A shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines has reached North Macedonia. Western diplomats observed the arrival of the vaccines at Skopje International Airport on March 28. It is the first COVID-19 vaccine delivery that the Western Balkan country has received under the international vaccine-sharing program COVAX. Serbia donated some Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines to North Macedonia in mid-February, while Skopje also bought Sputnik V vaccines from Russia in early March.
CAIRO: Violating Egypt’s waters was a “red line” that would affect the stability of the entire region, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi said on the sidelines of an inspection visit to the Suez Canal. The country has been in protracted and so far unsuccessful talks regarding the $4 billion Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. Ethiopia hopes the dam will turn it into Africa’s top
SYRIA — Kurdish forces said Tuesday they had arrested 53 suspected Islamic State [IS] group members in a northeast Syria camp for relatives of jihadists, in an anti-IS security operation. The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) launched Sunday the sweep in Al-Hol camp, which has been rocked by assassinations and breakout attempts. Kurdish authorities have warned that the
BRUSSELS/PARIS: The European Union is set to agree to sanction several Iranian individuals on Wednesday for human rights abuses, the first such measures since 2013, three EU diplomats said. EU envoys are expected to agree to impose travel bans and asset freezes on the individuals, the diplomats said, and their names would be published next week, when the sanctions take effect.