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‘Genshin Impact’ 2.4 release date and time, maintenance details, and rewards



Although Genshin Impact Version 2.3 has only just arrived, it’s already time to start looking ahead at the next update. That’s right, Version 2.4 will come early in 2022, and despite developer miHoYo keeping its details under wraps, there’s still plenty of info available for the forthcoming update. Thankfully, Genshin Impact tends to follow a set schedule, so many of its events are easy to predict, at least in terms of timing. We’ll, of course, find out more during the 2.4 livestream, but for now, let’s dive into everything we know about Version 2.4 including its Character Banners, release date, maintenance schedule, and how to pre-load it.

When is the Genshin Impact version 2.4 release time?

Assuming Genshin Impact Version 2.4 follows the same schedule from before, you can expect the new update to go live on January 5, 2022, with maintenance set to begin around 6 p.m. Eastern that day.

Of course, this hasn’t been confirmed by miHoYo just yet, but given the game’s consistent release schedule, it’s a safe bet Version 2.4 won’t change its rollout time.

What time will the Genshin Impact Version 2.4 maintenance end?

Yun Jin is a new 4-Star Geo Polearm user that will be implemented into the 2.4 Character Banner.miHoYo

The maintenance period does tend to fluctuate anywhere from four to five hours, and once it ends, you’ll be able to start playing on the night of January 5. This means you should be able to launch into the game at around 11 p.m. Eastern that night.

To compensate for taking the game offline for several hours, all players will be given a special reward after the maintenance period ends.

What are the Genshin Impact Version 2.4 maintenance rewards?

As always, players will be rewarded with 300 Primogems to make up for the downtime. This comes out to around 60 Primogems for every hour the game is offline. Remember, you only have 30 days to claim this reward after the update goes live.

What are the Genshin Impact Version 2.4 Character Banners and Events?

There are plenty of characters to look forward to with Version 2.4.miHoYo

Since miHoYo hasn’t confirmed much about the upcoming Genshin Impact Version 2.4 update, it’s unclear what’s in store for players in January 2022. However, the developer did recently tweet about two characters including Shenhe and Yun Jin that will both be added as part of the Version 2.4 Character Banner. Shenhe is a Polearm user with the Cryo element, while Yun Jin is also a Polearm user with the Geo element.

It’s also rumored that Xiao and Ganyu will be added as reruns, though this has yet to be confirmed.

How to pre-load the Genshin Impact Version 2.4 update on mobile

To begin playing Version 2.4 as soon as possible, you’ll want to pre-load the update on the platforms of your choice. To pre-load on mobile, go to the “Settings” menu indicated by the gear icon. Then, navigate to the “Other” tab and select the “Pre-Install Resource Package” button.

How to pre-load the Genshin Impact Version 2.4 update on PS4 and PS5

The pre-installation process isn’t as useful on PlayStation, as the updates are typically only available around 8 p.m. Eastern on the day of. From the Genshin Impact home screen on PS4 or PS5, press the menu button and then select “Check for Updates” to start downloading the latest version.

Genshin Impact is available for PS4, PS5, PC, and mobile now.

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Blanket travel bans will not prevent spread of Omicron variant of Covid-19: World Health Organization



Passengers wait to get tested at an airport in South Africa, the country where the Omicron variant of Covid-19 was first detected.

Passengers wait to get tested at an airport in South Africa, the country where the Omicron variant of Covid-19 was first detected.&nbsp | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspReuters

Key Highlights

  • More than a dozen countries have reported cases of the new variant, which reportedly is even resistant to anti-Covid vaccines

  • Around 56 countries have supposedly re-imposed stricter travel measures, including India

Geneva: With the new, highly-contagious variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus – Omicron – spreading across the world, several countries have started imposing stricter travel guidelines in order to check the spread of the virus.

But, the World Health Organization on Tuesday warned that blanket travel bans will not prevent the spread of the Omicron strain, despite the global health watchdog classifying it as a ‘variant of concern’.

“Blanket travel bans will not prevent the international spread, and they place a heavy burden on lives and livelihoods. In addition, they can adversely impact global health efforts during a pandemic by disincentivizing countries to report and share epidemiological and sequencing data,” the WHO said in its travel advisory statement.

The WHO further said that countries should rather apply “an evidence-informed and risk-based approach” while imposing travel restrictions in the backdrop of the Omicron variant, such as screening or quarantine of international passengers.

“Measures may include screening of passengers prior to travel and/or upon arrival, and use of SARS-COV-2 testing or quarantine of international travellers after thorough risk assessment,” it said.

More than a dozen countries have reported cases of the new variant, which reportedly is even resistant to anti-Covid vaccines.

Around 56 countries have supposedly re-imposed stricter travel measures, including India.

The Indian government today advised all states and Union Territories to enhance testing and undertake effective surveillance of international travellers, adding that the new variant does not escape the RT-PCR and RAT tests. India has also extended the nationwide Covid-19 containment measures till December 31, though Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that there are no cases of Omicron in the country so far.

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Iranian terror plot must make West end its appeasement of murderous regime in Tehran – Struan Stevenson



Newt Gingrich speaks at the Free Iran 2018 – the Alternative event held in Villepinte, north of Paris, in 2018. (Picture: Zakaria Abdelkafi /AFP via Getty Images)

This is not some Hollywood fantasy, but reality. A Belgian court has just passed sentence on four Iranians who were involved in a plot to kill and maim hundreds of people at a rally of the National Council of Resistance of Iran at Villepinte near Paris in June 2018.

There were dozens of Americans and Europeans at the rally, including well-known politicians like Newt Gingrich, ex-speaker of the US House, Theresa Villiers MP, a former UK Cabinet minister, and Stephen Harper, former Prime Minister of Canada. I was there myself and was a plaintiff at the trial in Antwerp on Thursday, sending recorded evidence.

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Assadollah Assadi was a senior diplomat from the Iranian Embassy in Vienna. He was arrested by police in Germany after being filmed handing over a powerful explosive device and detonator to two Iranian co-conspirators, Amir Saadouni, 40, and his wife Nasimeh Naami, 36. A third co-conspirator, Mehrdad Arefani, was present at the Villepinte rally as a lookout.

Although all three lived in Belgium as registered refugees, they were in fact trained Iranian agents. Assadi had told them to detonate the bomb as close to Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi as possible.

That is where I was standing, with all of the other political figures. The court heard Assadi had told his co-conspirators that if they couldn’t get close enough to Mrs Rajavi, they should simply throw the bomb into the crowd and detonate it.

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Front row from left: Former Canadian foreign minister John Baird, retired Canadian politician Stephen Joseph, Colombian-French politician Ingrid Betancourt, leader of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran Maryam Rajavi, former US mayor of New York City and attorney to President Donald Trump, Rudolph Giuliani, and former US Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich could all have been killed, along with Struan Stevenson and others, if the bomb plot had succeeded (Picture: Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP via Getty Images)

The courthouse was surrounded by Iranian opposition supporters and heavily guarded by armed police and military personnel. Helicopters hovered overhead.

The public were prohibited from entering the court on security grounds as the judges announced the maximum 20-year sentence on Assadi for terrorist offences. Naami was sentenced to 18 years, her husband Saadouni to 15 years and the lookout Arefani to 17 years.

The jail terms mark the culmination of an unprecedented trial of an accredited diplomat. Assadi refused to testify or attend court, claiming diplomatic immunity, which was rejected by the judges and has now, following his conviction, been revoked. His co-conspirators have been stripped of Belgian citizenship and will be deported after serving their sentences.

The court case comes as no surprise to those of us familiar with the Iranian regime. The mullahs have a history of deploying their assassins in the guise of diplomats and using their embassies as bomb factories.

In 2018, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama expelled the Iranian ambassador and his first secretary on the grounds they posed a risk to security. Once again these ‘so-called’ diplomats were revealed as trained Ministry of Intelligence and Security (Mois) agents who had been plotting bomb attacks and assassinations of the regime’s opponents.

Since seizing power in the 1979 revolution, the theocratic regime has ruthlessly bombed and shot its opponents around the globe, while torturing and executing political prisoners at home. But this is the first time a diplomat has been caught red-handed and jailed for acts of terror.

Lies and propaganda

The Antwerp court’s verdict must surely mark a turning point in relations with Tehran. There can be no return to business as usual. There can be no more arguments that diplomacy is the answer.

Indeed, on January 19, an Iranian-American, Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi, appeared in a US federal court, 13 years after he allegedly began taking payments from the Iranian regime while presenting himself as an independent expert on foreign relations and political science.

Court documents state that he was paid at least $265,000 for his service to Iran’s theocratic dictatorship, before finally being arrested by the FBI and charged with extensive violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act. [Mr Afrasiabi denies the charges*].

The mullahs’ regime has embedded agents around the world, feeding lies and propaganda to the media and to policy-makers.

The arch-criminal and Supreme Leader of the mullahs is Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. There can be no doubt that he, together with his senior ministers, president Hassan Rouhani, foreign minister Javad Zarif and minister of intelligence Mahmoud Alavi, ordered the spying, the bomb plots and the assassinations.

Khamenei is praying that President Joe Biden will quickly restore Barack Obama’s deeply flawed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the nuclear deal that was unceremoniously dumped by Donald Trump.

He is praying the US will lift the sanctions which prevented Iran from selling oil, crippling its economy. Biden has repeatedly confirmed this is one of his foreign-policy priorities. It will be a grave mistake.

Crimes against humanity

Biden need not think that lifting sanctions will put food back on the table for impoverished Iranians. In fact, it will enable Khamenei to reinforce his funding of Bashar al-Assad’s bloody civil war in Syria, the Houthi rebels in Yemen, the brutal Shi’ia militias in Iraq and the terrorist Hezbollah in Lebanon. It will also enable the mullahs to accelerate their development of a nuclear weapon and ballistic missile delivery systems, which has never ceased.

It is time for a complete change of direction in US, EU and UN policy towards Iran. The people of Iran expect the West to be on their side.

They expect their calls for democracy to be taken seriously. The appeasement policy, lamely followed by the EU, is dead in the water.

Now, following the Antwerp trial, the EU will have to reassess completely its relationship with Iran. The EU’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, must recall his ambassador from Tehran and every Western nation should follow suit.

Any country that seeks to use terror as statecraft should be debarred from civilised assemblies and held to account in the international courts of justice, their leaders indicted for crimes against humanity.

Struan Stevenson is the coordinator of the Campaign for Iran Change, an international lecturer on the Middle East and president of the European Iraqi Freedom Association

*An editor’s note has been added to this article to state that Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi denies the charges against him

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