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1. Biden directs states to open vaccinations to all adults by May 1
President Joe Biden on Thursday offered a plan to emerge from the pandemic crisis by ordering states to allow all adults to receive the vaccine by May 1 so that people could celebrate July 4th Independence Day in person.
2. Biden signs $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan into law
President Joe Biden on Thursday has signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan into law, a “historic legislation” to rebuild the backbone of the country and give millions of Americans struggling with the Covid-19 pandemic a fighting chance.
3. Myanmar military ‘murdered’ at least 70 since coup: UN
The UN special rapporteur on Myanmar condemned crimes against civilians by the country’s military that have killed at least 70 people since the seizure of power on February 1, and human rights investigator Thomas Andrews said on Thursday that “the country of Myanmar is being controlled by a murderous, illegal regime”.
4. Still recovering, Japan marks 10 years since tsunami hit
Japan on Thursday commemorated the 10 anniversary of an earthquake that triggered a tsunami and a nuclear crisis on the country’s northeast coast. Emperor Naruhito, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, high-ranking officials and survivors’ representatives were among those observing the moment of silence at a memorial in Tokyo.
5. Ecuador’s Sangay volcano erupts, spews ash 8 kilometers
Ecuador’s Sangay volcano erupted on Thursday and spewed 8,500 meters (about 28,890 feet) of ash into the sky, overcasting the sky of Riobamba, the capital of the province of Chimborazo, with an ash cloud.
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