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Pro-democracy activist Martin Lee, walks out from a court in Hong Kong Friday, April 16, 2021. A Hong Kong court on Friday sentenced five leading pro-democracy advocates, including media tycoon Jimmy Lai, to up to 18 months in prison for organizing a march during the 2019 anti-government protests that triggered an overwhelming crackdown from Beijing. A total of nine advocates were given jail terms, but four of them, including 82-year-old lawyer and former lawmaker Martin Lee, had their sentences suspended after their age and accomplishments were taken into consideration. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

Hong Kong democracy leaders given jail terms amid crackdown

- Associated Press

A Hong Kong court on Friday sentenced five leading pro-democracy advocates, including media tycoon Jimmy Lai, to up to 18 months in prison for organizing a march during 2019 anti-government protests that triggered an overwhelming crackdown from Beijing.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, center, waves, on his departure for the U.S., at Haneda airport, in Tokyo Thursday, April 15, 2021. Suga headed to Washington on Thursday to become the first foreign leader to have a face-to-face meeting with President Joe Biden for talks that would reaffirm the strength of their alliance and how to deal with China's growing assertiveness and challenge to democratic values. (Kyodo News via AP)

Biden meets Japan’s leader to boost China-facing alliances

- Associated Press

President Biden is welcoming Japan’s prime minister to the White House on Friday in his first face-to-face meeting with a foreign leader, a choice that reflects Biden’s emphasis on strengthening alliances to deal with a more assertive China and other global challenges.

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UN agrees to deploy cease-fire monitors in Libya

- Associated Press

International monitors will watch over a nearly six-month-old cease-fire agreement in Libya, the U.N. Security Council decided in a vote announced Friday, as the country heads toward December elections after a decade of fighting and upheaval.

In this April 6, 2021, file photo, U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland listens to tribal leaders and jots down notes during a round-table discussion at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, N.M. Haaland will visit Utah this week before submitting a review on national monuments in the state. She's expected to submit a report to President Joe Biden after she meets with tribes and elected leaders at Bears Ears National Monument on Thursday, April 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Interior head Haaland revokes Trump-era orders on energy

- Associated Press

Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday revoked a series of Trump administration orders that promoted fossil fuel development on public lands and waters, and issued a separate directive that prioritizes climate change in agency decisions.

President Joe Biden speaks in the East Room of the White House, in Washington, Thursday, April 15, 2021. More than a dozen Senate Democrats sent a letter on Friday, April 16, 2021, to Biden highlighting the woeful environmental track record of his Brazilian counterpart and urging him to condition any support for Amazon preservation on significant progress reducing deforestation. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Senate Democrats urge Biden to condition aid to Brazil

- Associated Press

More than a dozen Senate Democrats sent a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden on Friday complaining of a woeful environmental track record by his Brazilian counterpart, Jair Bolsonaro, and urging him to condition any support for Amazon preservation on significant progress reducing deforestation.

British, Canadian and U.S. nationals line up alongside the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Reflection to be evacuated free of charge, in Kingstown on the eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent, Friday, April 16, 2021. La Soufriere volcano has shot out another explosive burst of gas and ash Friday morning as the cruise ship arrived to evacuate some of the foreigners who had been stuck on a St. Vincent island by a week of violent eruptions. (AP Photo/Orvil Samuel)

New blast at St. Vincent volcano; cruise ship helps evacuees

- Associated Press

La Soufriere volcano shot out another explosive burst of gas and ash on Friday as a cruise ship arrived to evacuate some of the foreigners who had been stuck on a St. Vincent island coated in ash from a week of violent eruptions.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Welch stands for a photograph on a road in Derby Line, Vt., Monday, April 5, 2021. Welch spoke at a news conference about a plan to install surveillance towers along the Vermont border with the Canadian province of Quebec. Behind him is a temporary tower on the spot where a permanent, larger tower would be located. Welch and others say they want to know more about the proposal. U.S Customs and Border Protection say the towers would provide them with more surveillance and detection capabilities along the border. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

Public comment period extended for border surveillance plan

Associated Press

The Department of Homeland Security has agreed to reopen the public comment period on plans to build a number of high-powered surveillance towers along Vermont's border with the Canadian province of Quebec, Vermont's congressional delegation said Friday.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, center, waves, on his departure for the U.S., at Haneda airport, in Tokyo Thursday, April 15, 2021. Suga headed to Washington on Thursday to become the first foreign leader to have a face-to-face meeting with President Joe Biden for talks that would reaffirm the strength of their alliance and how to deal with China's growing assertiveness and challenge to democratic values. (Kyodo News via AP)

Japan's leader urges strong alliance in visit to White House

- Associated Press

Calling democracy the foundation for global prosperity, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga met with President Joe Biden at the White House on Friday in a bid to underscore the two countries' alliance as a counter to an autocratic and increasingly assertive China.

US puts visa restrictions on Uganda, saying vote was flawed

- Associated Press

The United States says it is imposing visa restrictions on “those believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Uganda,“ including during the election in January and the campaign period.

Chinese Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Yucheng speaks during an interview with the Associated Press at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, Friday, April 16, 2021. Le spoke to AP on a wide range of issues during an interview on Friday including climate change and US-China relations. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

AP Interview: Beijing says US 'too negative' toward China

- Associated Press

A top Chinese diplomat said Friday that U.S. policy toward China is “too negative" and that cooperation could be critically important as the Biden administration focuses on combatting COVID-19 and promoting economic recovery.