October 26, Friday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Emma Howard and Mr. Raja Pradhan

  1. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has held talks with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
  2. A public prosecutor in Saudi Arabia says the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was premeditated.
  3. South Korea’s Defense Ministry reports the North and the South militaries together with the U.N. Command have finished removing firearms from a jointly controlled area at the truce village of Panmunjom.

October 25, Thursday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Raja Pradhan and Ms. Hiroko Kitadai

  1. Tokyo’s benchmark stock index plunged in the morning session on Thursday after steep declines in New York. The Nikkei Average briefly fell more than 800 points.
  2. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is making an official visit to China on Thursday. He is the first Japanese leader to do so in 7 years.
  3. Japanese freelance journalist Jumpei Yasuda is on his way home after being held captive by militants in Syria for more than 3 years.