1. Former Japanese prime minister Abe Shinzo says that some previous comments he made in the Diet regarding parties held by his political support group were not factually correct and offered an apology.
  2. Tokyo prosecutors have searched the offices of former agriculture minister Yoshikawa Takamori over suspicions that he took bribes from a former corporate executive while in office.
  3. France says President Emmanuel Macron is no longer showing COVID-19 symptoms and is ending his isolation.
December 25, 2020, Friday (1:30 p.m.) Newsline read by Ms. Yamamoto Miki