Five stories to know for April 8: Joe Biden plans to crack down on "ghost guns" with executive actions, Derek Chauvin’s trial continues, diplomats from major powers meet separately with the U.S. and Iran on the 2015 nuclear deal, 11 protesters are killed in anti-coup demonstrations in Myanmar, and Italy and Britain suggest age limits for AstraZeneca’s COVID vaccine but still recommend it.

1. President Joe Biden will unveil his administration’s first steps to curb gun violence, including a plan to reduce the proliferation of “ghost guns,” after a slew of mass shootings have put pressure on him to act.

2. A national expert in the proper use of force by police testified on Wednesday that former Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin had no need to kneel on the neck of George Floyd once he was handcuffed and prone.

3. Diplomats from major powers met separately with Iran and the United States to discuss how to bring both back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal that Washington abandoned three years ago.

4. Anti-coup demonstrators in Myanmar fought back with handmade guns and firebombs against a crackdown by security forces in a town in the northwest but at least 11 of the protesters were killed, local media reported.

5. Italy recommended that AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 shot only be used on those over 60 and Britain said that people under 30 should get an alternative, due to possible links between the vaccine and very rare cases of blood clots.


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