September 10, Friday, 2021 (1:30 p.m.) Newsline

1.U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping have discussed the need to avoid letting competition between their countries veer into conflict. The statement said that the two leaders had “a broad strategic discussion,” including “areas where our interests converge, and areas where our interests, values, and perspectives diverge.”
2. The European Union says it is removing Japan from its list of countries and regions exempt from restrictions on nonessential travel into the bloc. The move comes after a recent surge in coronavirus infections from the highly-contagious Delta variant.
3. Japan’s health ministry says 18 cases of the Eta variant of the coronavirus have been confirmed in Japan. It’s the first confirmation of such infections in Japan. The Eta variant was first detected in Britain in December last year.