April 12, Tuesday, 2022 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1.Japan’s health ministry has confirmed the country’s first case of the XE strain of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus. The ministry said a woman in her 30s was found to be infected with the XE strain after she arrived in Japan from the United States on March 26.
2.Russia has come under fire at the United Nations Security Council over the number of civilian casualties resulting from its military operation in Ukraine. On Monday, the Security Council discussed the situation that women and children in Ukraine are facing.
3.Japan’s government has formalized additional sanctions on Russia that include freezing the assets of President Vladimir Putin’s two adult daughters. The move comes in response to the mass killing of civilians in the suburbs of Kyiv and elsewhere amid the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine.