1. The U.N. special envoy for Syria has warned against the potential use of chemical weapons in the country’s civil war.
  2. Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso has agreed with Chinese vice premiers that protectionist trade policies will help no one.
  3. Japan’s Meteorological Agency says torrential rain has caused rivers to overflow in the Ishikawa and Yamagata Prefectures on the Sea of Japan coast.