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New Zealand held a national remembrance service for victims of the Christchurch massacre on Friday (local time), as the country continues to grieve the 50 people who died in the mass shootings on March 15.

Driving the news: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addressed the sombre, but sprawling crowd, which welcomed her with a standing ovation.

"Racism exists, but it is not welcome here. An assault on the freedom on any one of us who practices their faith or religion is not welcome here ... Over the past two weeks, we've heard the stories of those impacted by this terrorist attack. They were stories of bravery, they were stories of those who were born here, grew up here, or who had made New Zealand their home. These stories, they now form part of our collective memories, they will remain with us forever. They are us."
— Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

She concluded her speech by saying "As-Salam Alaikum," meaning "peace be upon you," in Arabic.

What's next: The shooting suspect will appear in court in early April.

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  3. Politics: White House recommends Trump issue executive orders on coronavirus aid.
  4. Education: Cuomo says all New York schools can reopen for in-person learning.
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  6. World: Africa records over 1 million coronavirus cases — Gates Foundation puts $150 million behind coronavirus vaccine production.

Trump: "We are going a different way" on coronavirus aid

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President Trump tweeted on Friday that his administration is "going a different way" with coronavirus aid after negotiations with congressional Democrats stalled again, suggesting he will use an executive order to address stimulus spending.

What he's saying: "Pelosi and Schumer only interested in Bailout Money for poorly run Democrat cities and states. Nothing to do with China Virus! Want one trillion dollars. No interest. We are going a different way!" Trump tweeted.

Trump's swift, sweeping China offensive

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President Trump's rhetoric on China has tended to run hotter than his actions — until now.

Why it matters: Even at the height of Trump's trade war, his administration never hit China as hard, as fast, and on as many fronts as it is right now.