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Friday’s Top Stories: Voting starts in referendums; US to build Gaza pier to deliver aid

Here are the stories you need to start your day including reflections on International Women’s Day and Irish firms sanctioned over commercial spyware

US will build pier in Gaza for aid delivery - Biden

The US military will build a temporary dock on the Gaza shoreline to allow delivery of humanitarian aid on a large scale, US president Joe Biden announced in his State of the Union speech.

“Nearly two million more Palestinians under bombardment or displaced, homes destroyed, neighbourhoods in rubble, cities in ruin, families without food, water, medicine. It’s heartbreaking,” Mr Biden said on Thursday night, declaring the US was leading humanitarian relief efforts.

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