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* Coronavirus: US Senate passes major $1.9tn relief plan

Mar 06 (BBC) The US Senate has voted to approve America’s third major spending package to deal with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The $1.9tn (£1.4tn) plan passed by 50 votes to 49 on Saturday, and will now head to the House of Representatives where it is expected to be endorsed.
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* Pope Francis on Iraq visit calls for end to violence and extremism

Mar 05 (BBC) Pope Francis has called for an end to violence and extremism, on the first ever papal visit to Iraq. The pontiff is making his first international trip since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
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* China rebounds with economic growth target above 6%

Mar 05 (BBC) China is aiming for an economic growth rate above 6% in 2021, after scrapping its target last year. China’s Premier Li Keqiang announced the target on Friday at the opening of this year’s National People’s Congress.
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* World’s oldest known wild bird has another chick at age of 70

Mar 05 (BBC) Wisdom the albatross, the world’s oldest known wild bird, has had a chick at the age of at least 70. The Laysan albatross hatched the chick on 1 February in a wildlife refuge in the North Pacific Ocean, the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has said.
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* Buckingham Palace to investigate claims Meghan bullied staff

Mar 05 (BBC) Buckingham Palace says it will investigate claims the Duchess of Sussex bullied royal staff, adding that it was "very concerned" by the allegations. It follows a report in the Times newspaper that Meghan faced a bullying complaint when she was a working royal.
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