- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Spanish Minister Pedro Sanchez have agreed to step up cooperation on a wide range of issues including the promotion of multilateral free trade.
- The administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has notified Congress that it intends to start trade talks with Japanese officials. The negotiations are expected to begin as early as January.
- Turkish investigators have cancelled another search of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to find out what happened to the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
October 17, Wednesday, 2018 (2:00 p.m.) Read by Mr. Michael Reese and Ms. Mariko Kojima