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5 things you need to know this morning: Jan. 21, 2021

Start your day off right with five things you need to know this morning.

Five things you need to know

1. President Biden off to busy start after inauguration

The US officially has a new president – and he's got off to an energetic start. President Joe Biden is busily dismantling his predecessor's legacy by issuing executive orders on immigration, the Paris Climate Accord, the WHO, the border wall and the COVID-19 crisis.

2. Devastation for Iraq after mass murder in Baghdad

Dozens of people have been killed in two suicide-murder bombing attacks in Baghdad, Iraq. The murderers blew themselves up among a crowd of civilians at a second-hand clothes market. At least 32 have died and 100 more have been injured. The last major mass-murder event in Baghdad was in 2018 – in the same part of the city.

3. Fire at world's largest vaccine producer kills 5

Five people have died after a fire at the largest vaccine production facility in the world. The fire was at an unfinished building at the Serum Institute of India, in Pune. The company said that production of vaccines will not be affected. The fire has now been brought under control.

4. Police chief to be fired for handling of suspected rape and murder case

The chief of police in the Filipino capital of Manila is to be removed from his job after his handling of a high profile case. It concerns Christine Dacera, a flight attendant who was found dead in a hotel room after a New Year's Eve party. Police said she had been gang raped and murdered – but the three men they arrested have since been released.

5. Glastonbury Festival 2021 cancelled due to COVID-19

One of the most renowned and hotly anticipated music festivals in the world has been cancelled for the second year in a row. The organizers of the Glastonbury Festival in England said they had made the decision with "great regret." COVID-19 is to blame. They added: "We are very confident we can deliver something really special for us all in 2022!"



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