April 28, Friday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Raja Pradhan and Ms. Mariko Kojima

1. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have agreed to jointly call on North Korea to refrain from further provocative acts.
2. The top commander of U.S. forces in the Asia-Pacific says the crisis with North Korea is at its worst point ever.
3. Fierce air attacks in northwestern Syria on Thursday killed 19 people, including 9 children.