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Ukraine tension: Last-ditch talks in Geneva as invasion fears grow – (BBC News)
The top US and Russian diplomats will meet in Geneva later as fears of an invasion grow.
Germany wants to attract 400,000 skilled workers from abroad each year – (Reuters)
Germany's new coalition government wants to attract 400,000 qualified workers from abroad each year to tackle both a demographic imbalance and labour shortages in key sectors that risk undermining the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
'Minor incursion' by Russia could complicate West's response – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — Short of an all-out invasion, Russian President Vladimir Putin could take less dramatic action in Ukraine that would vastly complicate a U.S. and allied response. He might carry out what President Joe Biden called a “minor incursion” — perha…
Biden-Kishida talks to touch on North Korea, China – (Associated Press)
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida will hold their first formal talks on Friday as the two leaders face fresh concerns about North Korea's nuclear program and China's growing military assertiveness.
Jury in federal trial in Floyd killing appears mostly white – (Associated Press)
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A jury of 18 people who appeared mostly white was picked Thursday for the federal trial of three Minneapolis police officers charged in George Floyd’s killing, a case that the judge told potential jurors has “absolutely nothing” to do w…
China Evergrande says hiring more advisers to help deal with debt – (Reuters)
China Evergrande Group <a href="https://www.reuters.com/companies/3333.HK" target="_blank">(3333.HK)</a> said on Friday that it was hiring more financial and legal advisers to help it with demands from creditors, after a key group of its international credito…
Elza Soares: Tributes as Brazilian samba legend dies aged 91 – (BBC News)
Her career spanned six decades and she used her music to campaign against racism.
George Floyd: Federal civil rights trial of three ex-officers begins – (BBC News)
Who are the three ex-Minneapolis officers accused of depriving the unarmed black man of his civil rights?
US charges four Belarus officials with aircraft piracy over flight diversion – (BBC News)
Prosecutors say the men reported a fake bomb threat to detain an opposition journalist in Minsk.
Boris Johnson: I've seen no evidence of plotters being blackmailed – (BBC News)
The PM rejects the claims of a Tory MP, who says rebels face intimidation from ministers.
Coronavirus: Austrian parliament approves mandatory vaccination order – (BBC News)
If the bill is signed into law, Austrians who refuse to take the shot will face fines of up to €3,600.
All U.S. Team Members Have Been Vaccinated for the Beijing Olympics – (Time)
The U.S. team's top doctor says not one of the 200-plus athletes heading to Beijing for the Winter Games asked for a medical exemption.
UK Foreign Secretary Truss says she fully supports PM Johnson – (Reuters)
UK Foreign Secretary Elizabeth Truss voiced on Friday her full support for embattled Prime Minister Boris Johnson, saying he was doing a fantastic job and there was no contest for the leadership.
Biden Issues a New Warning to Russia Over Invading Ukraine – (Time)
U.S. President Joe Biden said Thursday that Moscow would “pay a heavy price” for any Russian troop movements across Ukraine’s border.
As costs mount, how long can China stick with ‘zero COVID’? – (Al Jazeera English)
Omicron has raised questions about the sustainability of Beijing’s lockdowns and border closures.
COVID disrupts aid flight to tsunami-hit Tonga – (Reuters)
As aid trickles into the South Pacific nation of Tonga, devastated by a volcanic eruption and tsunami, an Australian aid flight was forced to return to base due to a positive COVID-19 case onboard, a defence official said on Friday.
US seeks to speed up delivery of new F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan – (Al Jazeera English)
Block 70 aircraft are the newest F-16 configuration with new avionics, a modernised cockpit, and an improved engine.
Exclusive: Intel Reveals Plans for Massive New Ohio Factory, Fighting the Chip Shortage Stateside – (Time)
The semiconductor company has announced what will be the 'largest silicon manufacturing location on the planet' in New Albany, Ohio, fighting the chip shortage stateside.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams Will Convert His First Paycheck Into Cryptocurrency – (Time)
New York City Mayor Eric Adams confirmed his first paycheck—which arrives on Friday—will be converted into Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Ex-Oath Keeper, 1/6 Protester Lead Push to Change Michigan's Election Audit Process – (Newsweek)
A ballot initiative that would change how Michigan audits elections is being led by a pair with links to the January 6 riot. Both say it's unfair.