1. Myanmar’s military is stepping up its moves to consolidate power after staging a coup on Monday and detaining the country’s civilian leaders, including Aung San Suu Kyi. Commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing is now in charge. The ministers of defense, finance and a number of others have been replaced.
  2. The United Nations Security Council is set to hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss a response to the military coup in Myanmar.
  3.  Japan’s government is extending the coronavirus state of emergency for Tokyo, Osaka and eight other prefectures for a month, until March 7.
February 2, Tuesday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Yamamoto Miki