March 22, Monday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1. A decision has been made to bar overseas spectators from the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer due partly to the unpredictability of coronavirus variants. 2.A hospital was hit by artillery fire on Sunday in the northwestern Syrian province of Aleppo, one of the last strongholds of anti-government forces in the country’s civil war. 3. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. They are believed to have discussed a planned withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan as early as April 30.