1. The U.S. Geological Survey says an earthquake with a magnitude of 8.1 has struck off New Zealand.
  2. Chinese leaders have unveiled this year’s economic growth target at the National People’s Congress, setting it at more than six percent. Thousands of senior Communist Party members from across the country are now in Beijing for the congress.
  3.  Japan’s government is extending its coronavirus state of emergency by two weeks for the greater Tokyo area.  It was set to expire this weekend, but will now continue until March 21 in Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama and Chiba prefectures.
March 5, Friday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Yamamoto Miki