People watch a livestream of the ceremony to mark the country's accomplishments in poverty eradication after Chinese President Xi Jinping declared his country had achieved the "human miracle" of eliminating extreme poverty, at a village in liuzhou, in southern China's Guangxi province on February 25, 2021. STR / AFP

Xi boasts of Chinese ‘miracle’ in tackling poverty

BEIJING, Feb 25, 2021 (AFP) - Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday declared his country had achieved the "human miracle" of eliminating extreme poverty, though questions continue to surround the
William Burns
William Burns, nominee for Central Intelligence Agency director, arrives for his Senate Select Intelligence Committee confirmation hearing in Russell Senate Office Building on February 24, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Burns is a career diplomat who most recently served as Deputy Secretary of State in the Obama administration. Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images/AFP

Biden’s CIA heas pick stresses China threat

WASHINGTON, Feb 24, 2021 (AFP) - Veteran US diplomat William Burns, nominated to lead the CIA, pledged Wednesday to keep the agency free of politics and said China would be
Joe Biden and Justin Trudeau
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 23: U.S. President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau deliver opening statements via video link in the East Room of the White House February 23, 2021 in Washington, DC. U.S. presidents by tradition invite the Canadian prime minister for their first meeting with a world leader. The ongoing Covid-19 pandemic forced the meeting to be held virtually. Pete Marovich-Pool/Getty Images/AFP

Biden, Trudeau renew strained US-Canadian ties

WASHINGTON, Feb 23, 2021 (AFP) - President Joe Biden declared Canada and the United States best friends Tuesday, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the friendship "extraordinary" in a virtual