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

1. US President Joe Biden brought together more than 100 world leaders online on Thursday for his inaugural Summit for Democracy. He’s trying to rally them against what he calls the forces of corruption and authoritarianism, and promote human rights.
2. Prime Minister Kishida Fumio has pledged that Japan is committed to working with other like-minded countries to fight against actions that undermine basic values such as human rights and the rule of law.
3. Japanese authorities confirmed eight more cases of the Omicron variant on Friday. A total of 12 Omicron infections have now been detected in the country.