1. 16 Asia-Pacific countries have made progress in negotiations on a free trade deal known as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, or RCEP.
  2. China’s special representative on Korean Peninsula affairs Kong Xuanyou wrapped up a 3-day visit to North Korea on Friday and returned to Beijing. 
  3. Japanese weather officials say a strong typhoon could make landfall in the Tokyo region of central Japan sometime between late Saturday and early Sunday morning.