January 17, Monday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1.Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio and US President Joe Biden will meet virtually on Friday, US Eastern Time.
2.Japan’s government says North Korea launched two ballistic missiles on Monday morning. Japanese Defense Minister Kishi Nobuo said North Korea fired a missile at around 8:49 a.m. Japan time, and then launched a second one at about 8:52 a.m.
3.People across China have started returning to their hometowns ahead of the Lunar New Year holidays. Meanwhile, Beijing city authorities are on a high alert for the Omicron variant of the new coronavirus. They are calling on residents to refrain from traveling to regions where cases have been confirmed.