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  • Mothers, students join Japan’s protests over security bills

    TOKYO (AP) — Mothers holding their children’s hands stood in the sprinkling rain, holding up anti-war placards, while students chanted slogans against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his defense policies to the beat of a…

  • Malaysian PM pours scorn on huge rally demanding he quit

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Embattled Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak poured scorn Sunday on a huge two-day rally that brought together tens of thousands of yellow-shirted protesters demanding his resignation over a financial scandal.…

  • Pakistan officials: US envoy discusses Afghan peace efforts

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani officials say visiting U.S. National Security Adviser Susan Rice has discussed efforts to revive Afghan peace talks. Rice met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief Gen. Raheel Sharif on…

  • Gunmen attack a southwestern Pakistani airport, killing 2

    QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) — Gunmen attacked a small airport in restive southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing two officials, authorities said. The attackers stormed Baluchistan province’s Jewni airport and destroyed navigational equipment there after killing an…

  • Police say Bangkok bombing suspect is not cooperating

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police said Sunday the man arrested in connection with Bangkok’s deadly bombing was being uncooperative, possibly not telling the truth to interrogators and would remain in military custody for at least…

  • China seizes 620 turtles and tortoises smuggled from Vietnam

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese border patrol officials seized 620 wild turtles and tortoises — 510 of them considered endangered — that were found alive in a shipment of frozen seafood from Vietnam, state media said…

  • Nepal’s sexual minorities parade to demand rights

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Hundreds of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transvestites paraded through Nepal’s capital Sunday to demand that rights for sexual minorities be included in the country’s new constitution that is being finalized. The…

  • Schools to open on time in Chinese city shaken by blasts

    BEIJING (AP) — The more than 300 grade schools in the Chinese neighborhood shaken by this month’s deadly blasts will start the fall semester on time. The district government of Binhai in the port city…

  • Huge Malaysia rally for Najib’s resignation enters 2nd day

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Big crowds of protesters returned to the streets of Kuala Lumpur on Sunday to demand the resignation of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak over a financial scandal, after the first…

  • China approves prisoner amnesty to mark WWII anniversary

    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a prisoner amnesty as part of commemorations of World War II’s end that could see thousands of inmates, including war veterans and juveniles, released. The signing on…

  • Police arrest foreigner, find passports in Bangkok bomb case

    BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities arrested a foreign man they said had been holed up in a suburban apartment with bomb-making equipment and stacks of passports, the first possible breakthrough in the deadly bombing at…

  • Pakistan army kills 14 suspected militants near Afghanistan

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — The Pakistani military says its latest airstrikes in a troubled tribal region near Afghanistan have killed 14 suspected militants. The military says in a statement that 14 “terrorists” were killed in Saturday’s…

  • The Latest: Suspect’s bomb material same as in deadly blast

    BANGKOK (AP) — The latest on the arrest of a suspect in the Bangkok shrine bombing (all times local): 7.30 p.m. Thailand’s police chief says the bomb making material found in the apartment of a…

  • AP PHOTOS: Hindu holy men lead bath rituals in Indian river

    NASIK, India (AP) — Brass bands played and people passed out fruit and cookies as hundreds of thousands of Hindu holy men and believers plunged into the Godavari River to wash away their sins on…

  • Gunbattles between rival Taliban factions leave 5 dead

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Gunbattles between rival Taliban factions left at least five dead in southern Afghanistan, a top official with the insurgent group said Saturday as its members meet in Pakistan to resolve a…