1. Japan’s Lower House budget committee has approved the country’s largest-ever draft budget.
2. A human rights group says airstrikes and shelling by Syrian government troops have killed 6 locals, despite a 5-hour ceasefire called by Russia.
3. North Korea’s ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament says his country will certainly respond if the United States ignores efforts to improve inter-Korean relations and chooses provocation and confrontation.