JAPAN-MILITARY -- As opposition lawmakers walk out in protest, Japan's lower house of parliament approves legislation that sharply changes the country's postwar defense policy by allowing an expanded role for the military. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 540 words, photos.
JAPAN-MILITARY-Q&A -- The opposition walks out before the vote and thousands of protesters take to the streets, but none of that stops Japan's lower house of parliament from approving a contentious set of bills allowing a greater role for the country's military. A look at what the controversy is about. By Mari Yamaguchi. SENT: 740 words, photos.
UKRAINE-MH17-WHERE THINGS STAND -- A year since a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was blown out of the sky over war-ravaged eastern Ukraine -- killing 298 people -- there is little progress in determining what brought down Flight MH17. By Jim Heintz. UPCOMING: 950 words by 1300 GMT, photos.
RUSSIA-MH17 -- A top Russian aviation official says leaks of the draft report on the Malaysian jetliner crash over eastern Ukraine are meant to put pressure on investigators. SENT: 130 words.
AUSTRALIA-DEPP'S DOGS -- Johnny Depp's wife, Amber Heard, is charged with illegally bringing the couple's dogs to Australia -- an incident that captured global attention after the nation's agriculture minister angrily ordered the pooches to get out of the country or face death. By Kristen Gelineau. SENT: 670 words, photos.
PAKISTAN-INDIA -- India and Pakistan trade blame for a series of firefights and shellings over the past two days along their border in the disputed Kashmir region that killed five civilians and wounded nine people. By Asif Shahzad. SENT: 380 words.
INDONESIA-VOLCANOES -- Eruptions at two volcanoes force closures of three Indonesian airports, including one serving the country's second-largest city. SENT: 250 words.
UNITED STATES-MALAYSIA-HUMAN TRAFFICKING -- Senators oppose upgrade for Malaysia in trafficking report. SENT: 130 words.
SKOREA-TROUBLED SPIES -- South Korea's Supreme Court orders a new trial for a former spy chief convicted of directing an online campaign to smear a main opposition candidate in the 2012 presidential election. By Hyung-jin Kim. SENT: 460 words, photos.
CHINA-TIBET-LAMA'S DEATH -- Chinese authorities cremate the body of a Tibetan lama in prison against the wishes of his family, who had wanted to perform Buddhist funeral rites on the body in his hometown, a rights group says. SENT: 220 words.
CHINA-JAPAN -- China's top diplomat meets with the head of Japan's National Security Council for talks expected to touch on a possible summit between the leaders of the countries later this year in Beijing. SENT: 270 words, photos.
CHINA-SEX VIDEO -- Sex may sell, but a steamy video purportedly taken inside a Uniqlo fitting room in Beijing is giving the clothing retailer some uncomfortable attention. By Didi Tang. SENT: 290 words.
PHILIPPINES-FILM FESTIVAL -- The Philippines' leading independent film festival is adding a section showcasing Asian films, offering a venue for filmmakers facing censorship in other parts of Asia. SENT: 330 words.
INDIA-RAMADAN-PHOTO GALLERY -- Kneeling under a midday sun on mats laid over an unfinished pavement, Fakhruddin places his hands and head to the ground in prayer. He joins hundreds of other devoted Indian Muslims in a lot surrounded by towering residential apartments outside of a Muslim shrine that has become a makeshift mosque. By Altaf Qadri. SENT: 420 words, photos.
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SKOREA-SAMSUNG-SUCCESSION -- A vote on combining companies in the Samsung empire is pitting its wealthy founding family against small shareholders and foreign investors in a rare challenge to the power of South Korea's ubiquitous business conglomerates. By Youkyung Lee. SENT: 700 words, photos.
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