July 12, Wednesday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Ms. Mariko Kojima and Mr. Mick Corliss

1. The United States has said it successfully carried out an intercept test of its advanced ballistic missile defense system.
2. Senior defense officials from Japan, the United States and South Korea say North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs pose a serious threat to peace and security not only in northeast Asia but other regions beyond.
3. Japanese cyber security experts say malware that wreaked havoc on computer systems around the world in May, is spreading again in a modified form.