1. Turkey’s Defense Ministry says the military has launched ground operations into Northern Syria, targeting Kurdish forces.       Eight people, including civilians, have been reportedly killed.
  2. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has congratulated Japanese scientist Akira Yoshino for winning this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
  3. Typhoon Hagibis could make landfall in eastern Japan on Saturday, bringing gale force winds and heavy rains over a wide area.