September 25, Monday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Yoshi Ogasawara and Ms. Yuka Matsumoto

1. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold a news conference on Monday to announce a plan to dissolve the Lower House on Thursday for a snap election next month.
2. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative bloc has come in first in Germany’s federal election, giving Merkel a fourth term as chancellor.
3. Parties to a global treaty designed to regulate mercury have attended an inaugural conference in Switzerland.