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Japanese actor Kazufusa Hosho, impersonating Okina, performs during a traditional Noh theater representation, on the occasion of the celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Japan, in Rome's Palazzo della Cancelleria, Saturday, June 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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  • Japanese actor Kazufusa Hosho, impersonating Okina, performs during a traditional Noh theater representation, on the occasion of the celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between the Vatican and Japan, in Rome's Palazzo della Cancelleria, Saturday, June 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) Lifestyle

    Japan marks 75 years of Vatican ties with Noh theater show

    ROME (AP) — Japan has marked the 75th anniversary of diplomatic ties with the Holy See with a performance of ancient traditional Noh theater in Rome. At the performance Saturday in Rome at the Palazzo della Cancelleria, a Renaissance architectural masterpiece housing Vatican tribunals, visitors were shown how to wear a Noh theater mask. Japan’s […]
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    Gay pride parades sound a note of resistance _ and face some

    NEW YORK (AP) — Gay pride parades Sunday in New York, San Francisco and other cities are spotlighting resistance to what participants see as new pressure on gay rights, while contending with the prospect of protests over the events’ own diversity and direction. In a year when leaders are anxious about new President Donald Trump’s […]
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    Cambodian local election results offer hope to opposition

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Final results of Cambodia’s local elections this month confirm the dominance of Prime Minister Hun Sen’s ruling party, but a strong showing by the opposition saw its prospects boosted for next year’s general election. The results issued Sunday by the National Election Committee show the ruling Cambodian People’s Party capturing […]
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    Trump: Not ‘that far off’ from passing health overhaul

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said he doesn’t think congressional Republicans are “that far off” on passing a health overhaul to replace “the dead carcass of Obamacare” and believes his majority party is “going to get there.” Trump’s optimism runs counter to the public opposition of five Republican senators so far to the Senate […]
  • SPD leader and top candidate for the German elections in September Martin Schulz speaks during a meeting of Germany's Social Democratic Party in Dortmund, Germany, Sunday, June 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Probst) World

    Merkel challenger vows fight for “more justice” in Germany

    BERLIN (AP) — Martin Schulz, the center-left challenger running against Chancellor Angela Merkel, has vowed to get his Social Democratic party into power at Germany’s national election in September. Schulz, speaking at a party congress Sunday in Dortmund, focused on social justice. He sharply condemned the country’s populist AfD party, lobbied for better integration of […]
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    Rebels kill 1 Indian soldier, wound 3 in Kashmir

    SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian security forces have put an outskirt of Srinagar, the main city in Indian-controlled Kashmir, under security lockdown as they battle rebels who have taken shelter in a school building after killing one paramilitary officer and wounding another soldier. Rajesh Yadav, an Indian paramilitary force spokesman, says the insurgents attacked a […]
  • Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, gestures to Pakistan's adviser on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz during a press conference, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Sunday, June 25, 2017. China's foreign minister says Beijing will hold a dialogue with Afghanistan and Pakistan to help improve relations between the two South Asian neighbors. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed) World

    China aims to improve ties between Afghanistan, Pakistan

    ISLAMABAD (AP) — China’s foreign minister says Beijing will hold a dialogue with Afghanistan and Pakistan to help improve relations between the two South Asian neighbors. Wang Yi said during a visit to Pakistan on Sunday that foreign ministers from the three countries would discuss relations, with an emphasis on economic cooperation. Afghanistan and Pakistan […]
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    Q&A: A look at Takata’s bankruptcy and air bag recalls

    DETROIT (AP) — Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. is expected to file for bankruptcy protection in Japan and the U.S. on Monday, having been dragged into financial trouble by millions of faulty air bag inflators that can kill or injure people. The inflators, which fill up air bags in the event of a crash, […]
  • FILE - This July 6, 2016, file photo, shows the logo of Takata Corp. at an auto supply shop in Tokyo. Drowning in a sea of lawsuits and recall costs, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. is expected to seek bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the United States early Monday, June 26, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File) Money

    Air bag maker Takata bankruptcy expected Monday in Japan, US

    DETROIT (AP) — Drowning in a sea of lawsuits and recall costs, Japanese air bag maker Takata Corp. is expected to seek bankruptcy protection in Tokyo and the United States early Monday. Takata was done in by defective air bag inflators that can explode with too much force, spewing out shrapnel. They’re responsible for at […]
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    Italy holds mayoral runoffs after populists are eliminated

    ROME (AP) — Italian towns are holding mayoral runoffs after the first round of voting eliminated populist candidates in all the big cities up for grabs. Sunday’s voting in 111 mainly small cities and towns closes at 11 p.m. (2100 GMT), with significant results expected Monday. Center-left alliances anchored by Democrats and center-right coalitions grouping […]