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• Memorial service for Colin Powell in national cathedral

The blog will have a live stream of the service today at the national cathedral in Washington, DC, to commemorate the life of groundbreaker Colin Powell, who became the first Black secretary of state in the US.

Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden will attend the service, which is due to begin at 12pm ET (4pm BST). Powell served as secretary of state under president George W Bush and the general died of complications resulting from Covid-19, combined with cancer and Parkinson’s disease, last month.

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