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Ousted ambassador of Myanmar to the U.K. Kyaw Zwar Minn holds up a three-finger salute outside the Myanmar Embassy in London, April 8. Photo: Ian West/PA Images via Getty Images

Myanmar's former ambassador to the United Kingdom says he was pushed out of the embassy after Myanmar's military attaché overtook the building, BBC reports.

Why it matters: "There was a coup in Myanmar in February. Now there is the same situation in central London," Kyaw Zwar Minn said through a spokesperson Thursday.

What he's saying: Kyaw Zwar Minn urged the U.K. government Thursday not to recognize the military's newly appointed ambassador and send them back to Myanmar instead.

  • After being locked out of the embassy, he said he spent the night in his car.
  • He added that embassy staff members are facing threats of "severe punishment if they don't continue to work for the military general."
  • BBC reports that police were called to stop staff from re-entering the building. Protesters rallied outside after the news spread.

The big picture: Kyaw Zwar Minn has called for the military to release imprisoned leader Aung San Suu Kyi and publicly commented that Mynamar is divided and could be at risk of civil war. The military has killed nearly 600 people since it staged a coup in February.

  • British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has denounced the "bullying," but an ambassador's job officially draws to a close once the host country is informed, in accord with Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations.
  • The UK Foreign Office confirmed to BBC that it did receive the notification and "must accept the decision taken by the Myanmar Government."

Go deeper: UN envoy says "a bloodbath is imminent" in Myanmar

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Jill Biden outlines next phase of program that supports military families

First lady Jill Biden points to a military service member pictured on a sign as she tours Military One Source center in Arlington, Virginia. Photo: Tom Brenner/AFP via Getty Images

First lady Jill Biden on Wednesday announced the "next chapter" for the decade-old Joining Forces initiative, which supports U.S. military families.

Why it matters: Biden and then-first lady Michelle Obama led the program during the Obama administration. Biden said Wednesday that the relaunch of the initiative will focus on military family employment and entrepreneurship, as well as making sure families can get quality child care when needed.

Republicans threaten to shut down government over vaccine mandates

Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) in the Capitol in November 2020. Photo: Joshua Roberts/Getty Images

Conservative Republicans in the House and Senate are planning to force a government shutdown Friday to deny funding needed to enforce the Biden administration's vaccine mandates on the private sector, according to Politico.

Why it matters: Congress has until the end of the week to pass a stopgap measure to extend funding into 2022, though objection from a small group of Republicans could shut down the government.

Electric car prices could go up before they come down

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

The secret to affordable electric vehicles is cheaper batteries. But after years of falling prices, battery costs are now headed in the wrong direction.

Why it matters: Costlier batteries could drive up the price of electric vehicles — threatening the auto industry's transition away from fossil fuels, and, in turn, society's fight against climate change.