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WASHINGTON, District of Columbia (AFP) – President Barack Obama sent best wishes to Belgium’s new King Philippe on Sunday after the abdication of his father, Albert II.

“On behalf of the American people, the president congratulates His Majesty King Philippe on the occasion of his investiture as King of the Belgians,” the White House said in a statement.

Philippe, 53, was sworn into office by the joint houses of parliament shortly after Albert,79, stepped down, citing failing health.

The White House said: “The president also sends his heartfelt appreciation to King Albert II for his warmth, service and leadership as he steps down after nearly 20 years.”

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US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wants her Democrats to push through trillions of dollars worth of investments in infrastructure and social service programs before a self-imposed deadline of September 30, 2021

Washington (AFP) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed confidence a massive infrastructure bill will pass this week but acknowledged it would not get a Monday vote as planned, with fellow Democrats warning critical work remains to meet the party's deadlines.

Democrats have been scrambling to hammer out a landmark plan to upgrade the nation's roads and bridges, but are also under immense pressure to finalize a $3.5 trillion public investment package and fund the government to avert a looming shutdown -- all by September 30.

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