1.A former Secretary-General of Japan’s main ruling Liberal Democratic Party will likely not run in the upcoming party leadership race that effectively chooses the country’s next prime minister. Ishiba Shigeru had been weighing whether to run in the leadership election, which officially kicks off on Friday.
2.The United States has held a conference on humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan. Participating countries have collectively pledged a total of more than 1 billion dollars.
3.The White House says President Joe Biden will host the first-ever in-person summit of the Quad alliance later this month in Washington.