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Biden orders tough new vaccination rules for federal workers

U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday announced sweeping new pandemic requirements aimed at boosting vaccination rates for millions of federal workers and contractors as he lamented the 'American tragedy' of rising-yet-preventable deaths among the unvaccinated.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks about efforts to combat COVID-19, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 2, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump supporters raise US$5.7M for Arizona election audit

Groups connected to prominent supporters of former U.S. President Donald Trump's movement to cast doubt on the 2020 election results have raised more than US$5.7 million for Arizona Republicans' election audit, according to figures released late Wednesday.

In this May 17, 2021, file photo Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone and other elected officials from Maricopa County refute allegations of irregularities with the county's handling of the 2020 election, during a news conference in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Jonathan J. Cooper, File)

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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, orange, emerging from the surface of cells, green, cultured in the lab. (NIAID-RML via AP)