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Biden to warn Putin of ‘very real costs’ of Ukraine invasion in high-stakes call

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday will hold a high-stakes video conference call that Biden will use to try to dissuade Moscow from invading Ukraine, where  thousands of troops are massed near the border.

US announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics but will send athletes

The United States Monday announced a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, a calibrated rebuke of China's human rights record that stops short of preventing US athletes from competing.

Lula, Brazil’s popular ex-president, battles for 2022 political comeback

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s president from 2002 to 2010, embarked upon a triumphant European tour worthy of a head of state in November. Cleared of corruption charges by Brazil's Supreme Court in April, he gathered support from the European left and honed his message ahead of Brazil’s 2022 presidential election. His strategy to unseat President Jair Bolsonaro is based on the appeal of his personality and his ability to negotiate with Brazilian politics’ kingmakers.

Rohingya refugees sue Facebook for $150bn over Myanmar genocide

Rohingya refugees sued Facebook on Monday for $150 billion over claims the social network is failing to stem hate speech on its platform, exacerbating violence against the vulnerable minority.

India, Russia sign trade, arms deals during Putin visit to New Dehli

Russia and India signed a flurry of trade and arms deals during President Vladimir Putin's visit to New Delhi for talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, including one that will see India produce more than 600,000 Kalashnikov assault rifles.

New York City expands vaccine mandate for private sector workers and children

New York City expanded its toolkit of COVID-19 mandates on Monday, setting vaccine requirements for children as young as 5 years old and for workers at all private-sector companies as the highly transmissible Omicron variant pushes into more U.S. states.

France to close nightclubs, extend use of face masks in schools amid Covid-19 surge

Nightclubs in France will be ordered to close for four weeks from this weekend to counter a Covid surge that has put hospitals under severe strain, the prime minister said Monday.

Woman testifies Ghislaine Maxwell gave her schoolgirl outfit to wear for Epstein

A British woman testified Monday that Ghislaine Maxwell pressured her into giving Jeffrey Epstein sexual massages when she was still a teenager, assuring her she would have “fun” with him.

Aung San Suu Kyi’s jail sentence halved to two years by Myanmar junta chief

Myanmar's deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi has had her sentence reduced from four years to two after a partial pardon by the head of the military-appointed government, the country's state television reported on Monday.

Covid-19 disruptions caused sharp spike in malaria deaths in 2020

Pandemic-related disruptions caused tens of thousands more malaria deaths in 2020, the World Health Organization said Monday, but added that urgent action had averted a far worse scenario.

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