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New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Sunday she'd ask Facebook officials how the Christchurch attacks were able to be live-streamed, as the company revealed it removed 1.5 million videos of the shootings in 24 hours.

This is an issue that goes well beyond New Zealand but that doesn’t mean we can’t play an active role in seeing it resolved. This is an issue I will look to be discussing directly with Facebook."

The details: Ardern said Facebook's chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg had reached out with her representatives to acknowledge what occurred during Friday's terrorist attack on two mosques, which killed 50 people. However, they had yet to have substantive talks on the issue.

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

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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 set to make first papal visit to Iraq amid possible turmoil

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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).