October 2, Monday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Raja Pradhan and Ms. Yuka Matsumoto

1. The Bank of Japan’s quarterly survey of large manufacturers has shown confidence at its highest level in 10 years.
2. Catalonia’s regional government says an overwhelming majority of voters backed independence from Spain in a referendum held on Sunday.
3. The trial of 2 women accused of killing the half-brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong un has begun in Malaysia.