May 5, Friday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Fumiko Konoe and Ms. Mariko Kojima

1. China has dismissed North Korea’s criticism that Beijing has sided with Washington in putting pressure over its nuclear and missile programs.
2. The U.S. House of Representatives has narrowly passed a revised bill to replace the health care reform law implemented by former president Barack Obama.
3. Crude oil futures in New York dropped sharply to a 5-month low on Thursday, due to growing oil production in the United States.