October 16, Monday, 2017 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Raja Pradhan and Ms. Yuka Matsumoto

1. Japanese and U.S. officers are scheduled to hold a second round of high-level economic talks in Washington, focusing mainly on trade.
2. The United States and South Korea have started joint naval drills to prepare themselves for the possibility of military provocations from North Korea.
3. Iraqi forces are continuing to advance for the northern region that has been under Kurdish control for the past 3 years.