1. Japan Post group firms are discussing candidates fr their new top executives as the current presidents are set to resign.
  2. A senior Russian economics official has informed President Vladimir Putin that it will be difficult to meet the government’s growth target of 3 percent.

3 .A group of Islamic extremists has attacked a military base in Burkina Faso. Thirty-one women are among the dead.

December 26, Thursday, 2019 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Hiroko Kitadai and Ms. Yuka Matsumoto