Xinhua world news summary at 0030 GMT, May 4

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WASHINGTON — The Biden administration on Monday raised the annual ceiling for new refugees allowed into the United States to 62,500, after its decision last month to keep the number at the level set by the previous administration caused backlash.

The new number, effective for fiscal year 2021 that ends on Sept. 30, marked an increase from the 15,000 cap set by the Donald Trump administration for the same 12-month period. (US-Refugees-Ceiling)

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SANTIAGO — Chile’s economy grew 6.4 percent in March compared to the same month of 2020, exceeding government expectations, the Central Bank of Chile reported Monday.

According to the bank’s Monthly Economic Activity Index released earlier in the day, all components of the indicator saw growth, with services and trade outperforming other sectors. (Chile-Economy-Growth)

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BRUSSELS — The European Commission on Monday called on the member states of the European Union (EU) to grant entry to travellers fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and those coming from countries with a good epidemiological situation.

“The Commission proposes to allow entry to the EU for non-essential reasons not only for all persons coming from countries with a good epidemiological situation, but also all people who have received the last recommended dose of an EU-authorised vaccine,” the EU’s executive arm said in a press release, adding that a vaccine approved by the World Health Organisation should also be accepted. (EU-Coronavirus-Entry)

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LAMU, Kenya — Two people were killed and one critically wounded after a vehicle they were travelling in ran over an explosive device suspected to have been planted by al-Shabab militants along the Kenya-Somalia border on Monday.

Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia confirmed the incident, saying three occupants, who work for a private contractor at the Kenya-Somalia security border wall construction site, dubbed Usalama camp, were in the vehicle at the time of the incident. (Kenya-Somalia-Attack)

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