July 9, Monday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Emma Howard and Mr. Raja Pradhan

  1. Officials in Japan say the death toll from floods and landslides caused by record rainfall in the western part of the country has reached 98.
  2. Preparations are continuing around the clock to rescue 8 boys and their soccer coach still trapped in a flooded cave in northern Thailand.
  3. The United States and Vietnam have confirmed that they will continue to work together to denuclearize North Korea and to keep in check China’s military expansion in the South China Sea.