December 27, Wednesday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Emma Howard and Ms. Mariko Kojima

1. Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has announced an aid package worth 40 million dollars to help Palestinians become more economically independent.
2. Chinese customs authorities say the country’s imports from North Korea dropped sharply in November.
3. Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority has issued a virtual green light for the restart of 2 reactors operated by Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO.