February 22, Thursday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Hiroko Kitadai and Ms. Yuka Matsumoto

1. A human rights group in Syria says more than 300 people have been killed in the suburbs of the capital Damascus as government forces step up an offensive.
2. High school students who survived a mass shooting in Florida have appealed for stricter gun control in their state.
3. Japanese speed skaters have won gold in the women’s team pursuit event at the PyeongChang Olympics on Wednesday.