November 17, Sunday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Hirokazu Sakamaki and Ms. Keiko Kitagawa

1. The defense ministers of Japan and South Korea are meeting in Thailand, as an intelligence-sharing pact between the two countries is due to expire next Saturday.

2. A bomb explosion has killed 18 civilians in a northern Syrian town, which is effectively under Turkish control.

3. Scuffles have broken out in Paris between police and demonstrators on the first anniversary of the movement challenging President Emmanuel Macron’s policies.