July 20, Friday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Raja Pradhan and Ms. Emma Howard

  1. A heat wave is pushing up temperatures to record highs across most parts of Japan.
  2. Japanese authorities say 219 people have been confirmed dead and 12 remain unaccounted for more than 20 days after torrential rain hit western Japan.
  3. Speakers at a public hearing held by the U.S. government have expressed opposition to a possible increase in tariffs on imported vehicles and auto parts.