August 17, Thursday, 2023

1. Hawaii Governor Josh Green says the death toll from the Maui wildfires has risen to 110. Green said search teams have so far scoured 38 percent of the affected areas. He said authorities have added more people and search dogs to the effort, and enlisted additional experts to help assess DNA in a bid to identify the dead.
2. The Japanese government and the United Nations Development Programme have agreed to build facilities to recycle rubble left by Turkey’s major earthquakes in February in a Japan-funded project. The disaster killed 50,783 people and destroyed more than 310,000 buildings in southern Turkey. Workers still continue to demolish and remove damaged buildings.
3. Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio is scheduled to leave for the United States on Thursday afternoon for a trilateral summit with US and South Korean leaders. Kishida will hold talks with US President Joe Biden and South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol at the Camp David presidential retreat near Washington the next day.