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AP Top Extended International Headlines at 11:58 p.m. EST

March 5, 2021 GMT

China’s No. 2 leader has set a healthy economic growth target and vowed to make it more self-reliant in technology amid tension with Washington and Europe over trade, Hong Kong and human rights

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China will boost defense spending by 6.8% this year amid high government debt and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic impact

Footage of a brutal crackdown on protests against a coup in Myanmar has unleashed outrage and calls for a stronger international response

The Biden administration is stepping up its condemnation of the coup in Myanmar, demanding that military authorities stop their brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters and release demonstrators and journalists who have been detained

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One of the strongest earthquakes to hit the South Pacific in modern history triggered tsunami warnings across the ocean and forced thousands of people in New Zealand to evacuate

The European Medicines Agency says has started a rolling review of Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, many months after it was first approved for use in Russia and after dozens of countries around the world have authorized it

Regulators in the U.K. and four other countries plan to fast-track the development of modified COVID-19 vaccines to ensure drugmakers are able to move swiftly in targeting emerging variants of the disease

U.N. humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock is warning that “a campaign of destruction” is taking place in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray province

Yemen’s Houthi rebels say they attacked a Saudi oil facility in the port city of Jiddah amid their campaign of drone and missile attacks on the kingdom

A shipment of over a quarter million AstraZeneca vaccines destined for Australia has been blocked from leaving the European Union in the first use of an export control system instituted by the bloc to make sure big pharma companies would respect their contracts