1. U.S. President Donald Trump says he could exercise his executive power to declare an emergency and build a wall along the border with Mexico, even if negotiations with the Democrats fail.
  2. Japan has launched a departure tax on people leaving the country.
  3. Tokyo stocks soared on Monday morning, with the benchmark Nikkei Average recovering to pass the key 20,000 mark.
January 7, Monday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Raja Pradhan and Ms. Emma Howard