Thu, 22 Apr 2021

RIYADH -- Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud underwent Wednesday a successful appendectomy surgery, the Saudi Press Agency reported.

The Royal Court said that the surgery was conducted at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in capital Riyadh.

The crown prince left the hospital after the end of the medical procedures. (MBS-Appendectomy-Surgery)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday that the country's COVID-19 vaccination rollout is planned to be completed in March before the full reopening of the economy in April.

"Obviously, it depends on the level of morbidity but if we all do the right thing, we will get through it," the prime minister said in a video statement.

Netanyahu said, beginning this week, people who received both vaccine shots could obtain a "Green Pass" that allows them to attend hotels, gyms, concerts, and other leisure activities. (Israel-Economy-Reopen)

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ANKARA -- Turkey started Wednesday the vaccination of teachers against COVID-19 as the country is gradually resuming in-person education.

Turkish Education Minister Ziya Selcuk received his first dose in a ceremony held in the Central Anatolia province of Corum.

A list including 1.25 million teachers, who will be on duty for resumed classes, was submitted to the health ministry for vaccination, Selcuk said. (Turkey-Coronavirus-Teachers)

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CAIRO, Feb. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Egyptian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that Egypt supports a quartet mediation for the talks on the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD) being built on the Blue Nile.

"Egypt agrees to the Sudanese proposal that involves the United Nations, the African Union, the European Union, and the United States," said the ministry's spokesman Ahmed Hafez in a statement.

Earlier in the day, Sudanese Minister of Irrigation and Water Resources Yasser Abbas urged the negotiating parties to consider GERD a means for regional cooperation rather than political tension between Khartoum, Addis Ababa, and Cairo. (Egypt-GERD-Negotiation)

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