Quotes of the Day from Xinhua World News, March 3

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BAGHDAD -- "They are weak and do not constitute any threat to the cities and towns of the province as the security forces and tribal fighters are always ready to fight them."

A few hundreds of Islamic State militants are resorting to desert and rugged areas across the province, said Tariq al-Asal, a leader of paramilitary Hashd Shaabi in Iraq's western province of Anbar, on Sunday.

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WASHINGTON -- "I want a strong dollar. But I want a dollar that's great for our country, not a dollar that's so strong that's prohibitive for us to be dealing with other nations and taking their business."

U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday reiterated his criticism of the Federal Reserve's monetary policy, saying that increased interest rates led to a strong dollar and impeded economic growth.

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CANBERRA -- "We started with bows and arrows and we got through to missiles. I think space is one of the next logical elements for us to be part of, defend, and also be viable partners in."

Australia is ideally suited to play a greater role in the new-age space race because of its geographic location but conceded the nation has fallen behind global superpowers, said Leo Davies, chief of the Royal Australian Air Force, on Sunday.

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HAVANA -- "Let's raise our voices" against the plan.

Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel warned again on Saturday that the U.S. government continues to seek an opportunity to launch a military strike against Venezuela. Enditem

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