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5 things you need to know this morning: May 7, 2021

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

Five things you need to know

1. A 23-ton piece of a Chinese rocket will crash into Earth this weekend

Part of a large rocket launched by China last week is tumbling back down to Earth, and is expected to crash this weekend. The piece is 10-storeys and weighs 23-tons. Luckily scientists say the chances of it hitting a populated area are small — but not zero.

2. Farmer accidentally moves the border between Belgium and France

A Belgian farmer accidentally extended his country's border with France by a few metres after he moved a large stone that was blocking his tractor's path.

3. Derek Chauvin and three other former police officers charged with violating George Floyd’s civil rights

A federal grand jury indicted Derek Chauvin and three other ex-Minneapolis police officers on charges of US civil rights violations on Friday, accusing the four ex-cops of violating George Floyd’s constitutional right to be free from excessive force and unreasonable seizure during an arrest that led to his death in 2020. Chauvin faces sentencing next month on three convictions in connection to Floyd’s death.

4. Pfizer and BioNTech to donate vaccines to Tokyo Olympic athletes

Pfizer and BioNTech said on Thursday they would donate doses of their COVID-19 vaccine to athletes and their delegations participating in the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games this summer.

5. Toronto officers lose 15 days’ pay for unlawful arrests of Black teens

After being found guilty of the unlawful arrests of four Black teens 10 years ago, the officers involved have received their punishment — a combined total of 15 days’ lost pay.

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