US Capitol
A view of Capitol Hill during heightened security concerns over possible protests or violence tomorrow March 3, 2021, in Washington, DC. Washington's security posture has been bolstered after threats of a possible March 4, 2021, "breach" of the US Capitol, with the House of Representatives changing its voting plans to avoid gathering members on a day of potential unrest. Brendan Smialowski / AFP
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Threat of extremist assault on US Capitol prompts House to scrap Thursday session

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2021 (AFP) - Washington's security posture has been bolstered after threats of a possible Thursday "breach" of the US Capitol, with the House of Representatives changing its
Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a press conference with Bavarian state governor Markus Soeder and the Mayor of Berlin Michael Mueller (out of frame) following talks via video conference with Germany's state premiers on the extension of the current Covid-19 restrictions, at the Chancellery in Berlin early on March 3, 2021. Germany will soon authorise the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine against Covid-19 for people over the age of 65, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on March 3. Markus Schreiber / POOL / AFP
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Germany to relax Covid curbs as Biden slams ‘Neanderthal’ mask easing

BERLIN, March 4, 2021 (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday unveiled plans to gradually ease coronavirus curbs in Europe's top economy, while President Joe Biden slammed "Neanderthal" decisions
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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
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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