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On Wednesday, the U.S. President Joe Biden signed 17 executive orders, several of them reversing Trump's policies, including returning to the Paris Climate Accord; lifting Trump's ban on entry for passport holders from Muslim majority countries, and halting the construction of the U.S. -Mexico border wall. 

The sanctioned officials and "their immediate family members" are prohibited from entering the mainland, Hong Kong and Macao. Also, companies and institutions associated with them are barred from "doing business with China."

The U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 aims to create a legalization mechanism for the over 10.5 million undocumented migrants living in the United States. 

Although the cause of the explosion has yet to be confirmed by the Fire Brigade, Martinez-Almeida explained that a gas leak was the most likely cause.

"This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the path forward,” he stressed.

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