January 31, Wednesday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Mick Corliss and Ms. Emma Howard

1. U.S. President Donald Trump has stressed his success over tax cuts in his State of the Union address.
2. Japan’s foreign minister has stressed the need to speed up talks with China on an emergency communications system that would help prevent accidental clashes at sea and in the air.
3. A peace conference hosted by Russia that aims to end the conflict in Syria has agreed to set up a committee to draft a new constitution for the war-torn country.