Military coup in Myanmar raises alarms at home and abroad

February 02, 2021

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Several military personale are shown standing next to a tank with orange road blocks lined up across as road.

Myanmar's military stand guard at a checkpoint manned with an armored vehicle in a road leading to the parliament building a day after Myanmar’s military staged a coup, Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Feb. 2, 2021.



In Myanmar, a military coup has outraged citizens. Some of their elected leaders have been detained and cut off from the world and no one knows if the army will lock up even more civilians. And, Tuesday, President Biden signed three executive orders to alter US immigration policies. Also, a new study published by the Lancet shows that Russia's Sputnik V vaccine is nearly 92% effective against COVID-19, according to interim trial results.

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