December 24, Sunday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Hirokazu Sakamaki and Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

1. Japan’s Foreign Minister Taro Kono will visit Jerusalem and other places in the Middle East during a six-day trip starting Sunday.
2. Peru has ordered 2 North Korean diplomats to leave the country within 15 days after declaring them persona non grata.
3. The U.S. government has announced it will provide Ukraine with “enhanced defensive capabilities” for its fight against Russian-backed separatists.