February 11, Friday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

February 11, Friday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

1.The top diplomats of Japan, the United States, Australia, and India have held talks on ensuring a free and open Indo-Pacific region. They also discussed the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
2.Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his intent to boost military and other forms of support for Kazakhstan in an apparent bid to increase Moscow’s influence in Central Asia.
3.Japanese snowboarder Hirano Ayumu has won gold in the men’s halfpipe at the Beijing Winter Olympics. The 23-year-old took silver at the previous two Games.