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United States Marine Corps (USMC) recruits from Lima Company, the first gender integrated training class in San Diego, crawl in the dirt on their backs during The Crucible, the final part of phase three of recruit training before officially becoming US Marines on April 21, 2021 at Camp Pendleton in San Diego County, California. Lima Company is the first gender integrated company with a female platoon training alongside male platoons at the west coast Marine Corps Recruit Depot, San Diego (MCRDSD). The Crucible is the final 54-hour test for the recruits, where upon completion the recruits will receive their eagle, globe, and anchor pin to officially become US Marines. Recruits had to spend two weeks in quarantine before beginning training due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Congress ordered the Marine Corps to fully integrate women into its west coast training battalions by 2028 under the National Defense Authorization Act. Women make up about 9 percent of the Marine Corps.
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A man collects garbage, including plastic waste, at the beach of Costa del Este, in Panama City, on April 19, 2021. Every two weeks, Marine Biology students descend about five meters in the sea to take care of a coral nursery of the staghorn species (Acropora cervicornis) in Portobelo, Panama, with which they aim to restore reefs damaged by climate change and pollution, as part of the Reef2Reef project. Luis ACOSTA / AFP
People crowd at a bus station to reach their native places hours before a week-long lockdown ordered by the Delhi government comes to effect in New Delhi on April 19, 2021.
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Workers are seen sorting oxygen cylinders that are being used for Covid-19 coronavirus patients before dispatching them to hospitals at a facility in Bangalore on April 19, 2021.
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Sweden's Jennifer Williams competes in the Women's beam qualifications during European Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the St Jakobshalle, in Basel, on April 21, 2021.
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People gathered as the Olympic rings (L) are lit at the waterfront of Odaiba in Tokyo on April 20, 2021. Philip FONG / AFP
A child walks toward to a promotional booth set up outside a shopping mall on World Book Day in Beijing on April 23, 2021.
WANG Zhao / AFP
This aerial photo taken on April 19, 2021 shows abandoned public shared bicycles at a lot in Shenyang in China's northeastern Liaoning province. STR / AFP
Buddhist monks and devotees light 330,000 candles in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest flaming image during Earth Day celebrations at the Wat Dhammakaya Buddhist temple on the outskirts of Bangkok on April 22, 2021.
Lillian SUWANRUMPHA / AFP
A crematorium staff lights a pyre of a Covid-19 coronavirus victim, who died from a fire incident that killed thirteen Covid patients at the Vijay Vallabh Hospital in Virar on April 23, 2021.
Punit PARANJPE / AFP
Mount Fuji is seen from the outskirts of Fujiyoshida city, Yamanashi prefecture on April 22, 2021.
Behrouz MEHRI / AFP
Opposition supporters attend a rally in support of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, in Moscow on April 21, 2021. Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's team called for demonstrations in more than 100 cities, after the opposition figure's doctors said his health was failing following three weeks on hunger strike.
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