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Matt Dunham / AP

Speaking at Scotland's University of Glasgow, where he was receiving an honorary degree, Tim Cook reiterated Apple's opposition to Trump's travel ban.

According to a tweet by the university, spotted by CNET, Cook said:

If we stand and say nothing we become a part of it, our company thrives on diversity.

In answering audience questions, Cook dismissed claims that he or Apple are "activists." Apple, he said, is careful about the issues it chooses to take on politically — but "we're not shy" on topics they have a strong point of view on.

Why it matters: Apple is among the more than 90 tech companies that have signed a letter opposing the travel ban. Like its Sillicon Valley peers, Apple is also closely watching any possible changes to the high-skilled visa program it relies on to fill engineering jobs.

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House cancels Thursday session as FBI, Homeland Security warn of threat to Capitol

Photo: Eric Baradat/AFP via Getty Images

The FBI and Department of Homeland Security predict violent domestic extremists attacks will increase in 2021, according to a report obtained by Axios.

Driving the news: The joint report says extremists have discussed plans to take control of the Capitol and "remove Democratic lawmakers" on or about March 4. The House canceled its plans for Thursday votes as word of the possible threats spread.

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Pope Francis is forging ahead with the first papal trip to Iraq despite new coronavirus outbreaks and fears of instability.

The big picture: The March 5–8 visit is intended to reassure Christians in Iraq who were violently persecuted under the Islamic State. Francis also hopes to further ties with Shiite Muslims, AP notes.

"Neanderthal thinking": Biden slams states lifting mask mandates

States that are relaxing coronavirus restrictions are making "a big mistake," President Biden told reporters on Wednesday, adding: "The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking."

Driving the news: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said Wednesday he will end all coronavirus restrictions via executive order, although some businesses are continuing to ask patrons to wear face masks. Mississippi is lifting its mask mandate for all counties Wednesday, per Gov. Tate Reeves (R).