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World 5 things to know for March 1: Covid-19, stimulus, immigration, Middle East, Myanmar

14:09  01 march  2021
14:09  01 march  2021 Source:   cnn.com

Myanmar protesters live in fear of nighttime arrests during an internet blackout

  Myanmar protesters live in fear of nighttime arrests during an internet blackout Many citizens in Myanmar have told CNN they are terrified of being dragged from their beds in nighttime or early morning raids, which have become frequent occurrences since the military coup.By day, thousands of people across the country join vibrant demonstrations calling for the military, which seized power in a coup on February 1, to hand back power to civilian control and release ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi. They defiantly bang pots and pans, beat drums, wave creative signs and march en masse through the streets. Government and factory workers have gone on strike to join a growing civil disobedience movement against the takeover.

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This July 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine in Belgium. The nation is poised to get a third vaccine against COVID-19, but health officials are concerned that at first glance the Johnson & Johnson shot may not be seen as equal to other options from Pfizer and Moderna. (Johnson & Johnson via AP) © Johnson & Johnson/AP This July 2020 photo provided by Johnson & Johnson shows a vial of the COVID-19 vaccine in Belgium. The nation is poised to get a third vaccine against COVID-19, but health officials are concerned that at first glance the Johnson & Johnson shot may not be seen as equal to other options from Pfizer and Moderna. (Johnson & Johnson via AP)

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Myanmar Protesters Plan Biggest Rallies Yet After Two Shot Dead

  Myanmar Protesters Plan Biggest Rallies Yet After Two Shot Dead Myanmar’s anti-coup protesters plan to hold their largest mass rally yet on Monday after two demonstrators were shot dead over the weekend, with concerns growing about an economic crisis in the Southeast Asian nation. © Getty Images via Bloomberg Protesters march through the streets of Yangon on Feb. 19. Many shops and businesses were expected to close in solidarity with protesters, with the nation’s largest retailer, City Mart, announcing it will shut all of its outlets.

1. Coronavirus

The US Food and Drug Administration has given emergency use authorization to the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chief signed off on its advisers' nod of approval. Now, 3.9 million doses of the third US Covid-19 vaccine are making their way across the country. The J&J vaccine is different than the other two because it only requires one dose. Which should you get? Dr. Anthony Fauci says, "I would take whatever vaccine would be available to me as quickly as possible." Today, Mexico's President is expected to ask President Biden about the US possibly sharing its vaccine supply. Mexico has several purchase agreements with drug makers, but many have gone unfulfilled. Meanwhile, more than 2,400 cases of the UK, Brazil and South Africa coronavirus variants have been detected in the US, and the CDC warns the actual number could be much higher.

The immigration debate has a blind spot

  The immigration debate has a blind spot The change in immigration policy that could most affect the US' long-term economic growth is at risk of falling out of the debate as the congressional maneuvering over the volatile issue intensifies. © George Frey/Getty Images In this April 10, 2019, file photo, an applicant holds an American flag and a packet while waiting to take the oath to become a US citizen at a naturalization ceremony in Salt Lake City.

2. Stimulus

The House passed Biden's Covid-19 relief package this weekend with no Republican support, setting up an imminent vote in the Senate. The Senate will likely strip out that provision about the $15 minimum wage that its parliamentarian ruled against last week in order for Democrats to use a method to pass it by simple majority. Then, if it passes, it's back to the House for another quick vote before reaching Biden's desk. Republicans are fuming over the fact that the whole thing could pass without any GOP support, but Biden says there's "no time to waste" in getting the aid promised to small businesses, schools and families in need.

3. Immigration

This could be a busy month for Democratic lawmakers when it comes to immigration reform. They're hoping to resurface a series of bills that would legalize undocumented immigrants and get those bills on the House floor before April 1. If they meet that deadline, lawmakers could avoid having to go through committee again. The bills would grant legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers and address immigrants who came to the US illegally as children. Biden is also pursuing a sweeping bill known as the US Citizenship Act that tackles the whole US immigration system and seeks to legalize millions of undocumented immigrants already in the US.

Containers Pile Up at Myanmar Ports as Coup Protests Snarl Trade

  Containers Pile Up at Myanmar Ports as Coup Protests Snarl Trade (Bloomberg) -- Supply Lines is a daily newsletter that tracks Covid-19’s impact on trade. Sign up here, and subscribe to our Covid-19 podcast for the latest news and analysis on the pandemic. Thousands of striking truck drivers in Myanmar protesting the military coup have slowed delivery of imports, trapping cargo containers at ports and prompting at least one international shipping line to halt new orders. About 100 containers a day are moving out of Yangon’s four main ports, said Myo Htut Aung, joint secretary of the Myanmar Container Trucking Association, down from an average of 800 boxes before the coup.

4. Middle East

The Biden administration is facing several challenges in the Middle East. First, it's earned criticism for deciding not to directly sanction Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the death of Jamal Khashoggi. This follows the Friday release of a declassified intelligence report that said the Crown Prince directly approved the journalist's killing. Meanwhile, Iran has rejected an offer by the European Union to take part in nuclear talks with the US and the other signatories of the nuclear deal. Biden's team says it's disappointed but still open to diplomacy. The US is also sending negotiators to the Middle East to restart peace negotiations with the Taliban. A US special representative who was a top negotiator with the Taliban under the Trump administration will travel to Afghanistan and Qatar to continue talks.

5. Myanmar

At least 18 people died and more than 30 were injured as Myanmar's security forces launched their deadliest crackdown on peaceful demonstrators since the military coup that upended the country's government last month. The UN Human Rights Office condemned the military's use of force and reiterated the right of the people to peacefully assemble. Myanmar's ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi is also facing another charge amid the latest conflagration. Her lawyer reportedly says she was charged under Myanmar's colonial-era penal code prohibiting publishing information that may "cause fear or alarm." Suu Kyi has not been seen by the public or her lawyers since she and other civil leaders were detained at the start of the coup.

Myanmar police crank up pressure on protests after envoy calls for international action

  Myanmar police crank up pressure on protests after envoy calls for international action Myanmar's U.N. ambassador also declared his loyalty to the ousted civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi and called for global pressure on the military.Security forces in some areas appeared to become more aggressive in using force and making arrests, utilizing more plainclothes officers than had previously revealed themselves. Photos posted on social media showed that residents of at least two cities, Yangon and Monywa, resisted by erecting makeshift street barricades to try to hinder the advance of the police.


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YouTube removes channels run by Myanmar's military as violence escalates .
YouTube and TikTok are taking down problematic content in Myanmar amid a disturbing escalation of violence in the country after a military coup.YouTube has removed channels from broadcasters run by Myanmar's military following a dramatic escalation of violence in the country.

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