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5 things you need to know this morning: March 5, 2021

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. Pope arrives in Iraq for historic visit

The Pope has arrived in Iraq, the first ever papal visit to the beleaguered country. He called for an end to violence in Iraq, which has suffered for decades as a consequence of Saddam Hussein's autocratic regime, Islamic terrorism and the US-led invasion and occupation. Iraq's dwindling but ancient Christian community is estimated to number about 250,000, an enormous decline since the turn of the millennium.

2. Apes at San Diego Zoo given experimental COVID-19 vaccine

Four orangutans and five bonobos at San Diego Zoo have been given an experimental COVID-19 vaccine designed for animals. It comes after eight gorillas tested positive for the virus in January. Conservations are worried about the possibility of the virus spreading among great apes, many of which are threatened by poachers and human expansion.

3. YouTube chief says Trump may be allowed back on platform

YouTube has said it might allow former president Donald Trump to return to the platform if the threat of "real-world violence" associated with him decreases. The company's CEO, Susan Wojcicki, said it's "pretty clear" that there is an "elevated risk of violence" in the wake of the Capitol riots earlier this year.

4. President of Brazil tells citizens to 'stop whining' about COVID-19

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has told his compatriots to "stop whining" about COVID-19. He made the comment a day after Brazil saw a record rise in deaths associated with the pandemic. Bolsonaro also criticized COVID-19 restrictions in the country, which has so far recorded over 260,000 deaths linked to the virus.

5. Mirage makes ship appear to be floating in the air

A "superior mirage" has been caught on camera in England, making a ship appear to be floating above the sea. The optical illusion was photographed near Falmouth in Cornwall, which is in the southwest of the country. A BBC meteorologist said the illusion was created by "special atmospheric conditions that bend light".



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