March 31, Thursday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1.The United Nations human rights chief say there are credible allegations that Russian armed forces have used cluster munitions in populated areas in Ukraine. Cluster munitions are banned by an international convention for their cruelty.
2.Ukrainian officials are closely watching Russian movements, following promises to scale back attacks on the capital, Kyiv. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy updated US President Joe Biden on the fighting, once again, asked for help. White House officials say Zelenskyy also updated the US leader on ceasefire talks. Biden promised another 500 million dollars in aid and more money to help Ukraine’s military.
3.Russia and China have agreed to widen cooperation as the rift between Moscow and Western countries grows over the invasion of Ukraine. Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi exchanged views on the Ukraine situation. Russia’s Foreign Ministry says Lavrov explained the developments with Russian forces, while Wang reiterated his opposition to sanctions other countries have imposed on Russia.