January 22, Monday, 2024

1. Officials at the weather observatory at Abashiri City in Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido say ice floes have reached the coast for the first time this season. They confirmed at 9:45 a.m. on Monday that the ice floes arrived, blocking navigation of ordinary vessels in the sea.
2. Voters in the US state of New Hampshire will have a choice between former President Donald Trump and former US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley in Tuesday’s Republican primary. The contest became a one-on-one race after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced on Sunday that he was suspending his campaign. DeSantis said it is clear to him that a majority of Republican primary voters want to give Trump another chance. He also noted that Trump is “superior” to President Joe Biden and he has his support.
3. More than 15, 000 people are still staying at shelters in Ishikawa Prefecture three weeks after a powerful earthquake struck the Noto Peninsula on New Year’s Day. Officials in the prefecture have confirmed 232 people dead and 22 others still unaccounted for.