World News Round-up: 5 Overnight Events from Around the World

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US, Russia and will try diplomacy amid tensions over Ukraine

Top US and Russian diplomats have agreed to speak at a standoff over Ukraine, even though their meeting did not create any stir in a crisis that has seen Moscow draw thousands of troops to the border and the West arming Kiev. Supply has accelerated.

Taking on high and seemingly distasteful demands amid fears of an invasion of Ukraine, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met in Geneva on Friday for nearly 90 minutes, which the US said was an “important moment”. Expectations were running low, and there was no success.

Investigation going on in the case of death of four Indians, smuggling campaign

The death of a family of four Indian nationals, including an infant, at the US-Canada border and a major human trafficking operation are under investigation, as are seven other Indians, believed to be from Gujarat and illegally in the US. are present, have been arrested.

A criminal complaint was filed Thursday in the US District Court for the District of Minnesota against 47-year-old US citizen Steve Shand on charges of human trafficking.

Latin America, Asia latest to be hit by Omicron boom

Officials in Costa Rica are encouraging people infected with it coronavirus To quit voting in the upcoming national elections. On the other side of the world, Beijing is shutting down residential communities as the country anxiously awaits the start of the Winter Olympics on February 4.

in Latin America and Asia, where omicron The variant is making its latest appearance, with some countries imposing such restrictions while others prepare to impose new limits on populations already exhausted by previous constraints. Infections are rising rapidly in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru, and hospitalizations are increasing in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. Infections are also rising in Asia, including the Philippines, which has seen the worst coronavirus outbreak in recent weeks.

FBI says Brian Laundry admitted to killing Gabby Petito in The Notebook

The FBI announced Friday that the boyfriend of slain cross-country traveler Gabby Petito admitted to killing her in a notebook found near her body in a Florida swamp. It was the first time officers had placed the blame solely on Brian Laundry for Pettito’s death, although he was the prime suspect all along.

According to a statement released by the FBI in Denver, investigators meanwhile announced that Laundry, 23, intentionally sent text messages to deceive people that 22-year-old Petito was still alive after beating and strangling her in late August. .

Myanmar court sentences two prominent activists to death

Two prominent political activists in military-ruled Myanmar have been sentenced to death for their alleged involvement in terrorist activities, a military television station has reported.

Mywadi TV said in its evening news broadcast on Friday that Kyaw Min Yoo, better known as Ko Jimmy, and Phyo Zayer Thaw, also known as Maung Kyaw, have been booked under the country’s anti-terrorism law. was convicted under Aung San Suu Kyi is among the most prominent activists sentenced to death since the military seized power in February last year.