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INDIA-YOGA DAY -- Led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, millions of yoga enthusiasts bend and twist their bodies in complex postures across India and much of the world to mark the first International Yoga Day. By Nirmala George. SENT: 615 words, photos.

JAPAN-SOUTH KOREA -- Neighbors but not friends: Japan, South Korea foreign ministers meet ahead of 50th anniversary of normalization of relations, which remain at their lowest point for most of the decade thanks to differences over shared history. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 600 words. UPCOMING: photos. Will be updated with the start of the talks after 0830 GMT.

ITALY-CHINA-MONEY LAUNDERING -- Italian prosecutors seek to indict Bank of China and 297 people in money laundering case reported by the AP earlier this month. SENT: 550 words, photo.


CHARLESTON SHOOTING -- Parishioners are let into the bullet-scarred Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal church, getting a first-hand glimpse of the room where nine people from their congregation were slain. By Jeffrey Collins and Emily Masters. SENT: 400 words, photos, video. With CHARLESTON SHOOTING-THE LATEST; CHARLESTON-CONFEDERATE FLAG.

ISLAMIC STATE-SUNNI TRIBES -- Iraq's Shiite-led government is working to train and equip local Sunni tribesmen to fight the Islamic State group. In doing so, it must first repair a breach of trust that emerged from 18 months of neglect. By Vivian Salama. SENT: 920 words, photos.

CONGRESS-DEMOCRATS -- Congress' upheaval over trade has exposed turmoil within a House Democratic caucus that's grown smaller and more liberal in recent years as moderates have been ousted in successive election bloodlettings. By Erica Werner. SENT: 720 words, photos.

TURKEY-ANGELINA JOLIE -- Angelina Jolie says world living in an era of 'mass displacement' after visit to refugee camp. SENT: 260 words, photos.

BRITAIN-PARACHUTE -- Lucky break: Teammate saves fellow serviceman after his parachute fails at air show. SENT: 130 words.

ITALY-MILE-LONG-PIZZA -- The wait was on the long side for the pizza -- 18 hours -- but this was an extraordinary pie: nearly a mile long. SENT: 130 words.

GALAPAGOS TORTOISE DIES -- Speed the 150-year-old Galapagos tortoise dies at San Diego Zoo. SENT: 130 words, photo.

GERMANY-EGYPT-AL JAZEERA -- A prominent Al-Jazeera Arabic journalist is detained in Germany over an Egyptian arrest warrant, the Qatar-based broadcaster reports. It's the latest in a series of legal entanglements between Egypt and its satellite news channels. SENT: 330 words.

WIKILEAKS-SAUDI CABLES -- Diplomatic documents published by WikiLeaks provide unusual insight into day-to-day diplomacy in Saudi Arabia -- and a snapshot of the lavish spending habits of senior royals. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FERRELL-WIIG FILM -- Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig star in deadly dull Lifetime film, 'A Deadly Adoption' -- but why? By AP Television Writer Frazier Moore. SENT: 490 words, photos.

TV-NBC-WILLIAMS TRUST -- Brian Williams, a newsman gone astray, is now braced to seek redemption and win back trust at NBC. By Television Writer Frazier Moore. SENT: 785 words, photos.

CUBA-AMERICANS AND BIENNIAL -- With the Havana Biennial art exposition wrapping up Monday, here's what American art collectors who attended the event are saying about the impact of improved U.S. relations on Cuba's evolving art scene. By Beth J. Harpaz. SENT: 800 words, photos.


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Updated : 2021-09-24 14:53 GMT+08:00