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Tens of thousands protest defense bills outside Japan's Diet
TOKYO (AP) -- Tens of thousands of protesters rallied outside Japan's parliament Sunday to oppose security legislation in one of this summer's biggest protests ahead of its anticipated passage next month....

Schools to open on time in Chinese city shaken by blasts
BEIJING (AP) -- 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 of Tianjin said Sunday....

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

Gunmen attack southwest Pakistan airport, kill 1, abduct 1
QUETTA, Pakistan (AP) -- Authorities say gunmen have attacked a small airport in restive southwestern Pakistan, killing one official there and kidnapping another....

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 day of the massive rally passed peacefully....

Afghan official says forces retake district from Taliban
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- An Afghan official says government forces have regained control of a strategic district in southern Helmand province that the Taliban had seized....

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....

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 a Bangkok shrine nearly two weeks ago....

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):...

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 the first "royal" day of bathing at one of the world's largest religious gatherings....