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China’s bizarre anti-Japanese TV and movie kitsch backfires

China’s sustained, state-mobilized anti-Japanese propaganda campaign, one that has permeated the main news, arts and entertainment industries, has run into a wave of domestic criticism, as many World War II-themed anti-Japanese dramas on television have come across as bizarre, vulgar, even pornographic kitsch. The campaign is causing public revulsion and condemnation.

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A member of the U.S. Naval Academy raises his right hand as he takes an oath of office during the Academy's graduation and commissioning ceremony, Friday, May 22, 2015, in Annapolis, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden discusses Asia-Pacific region at Navy graduation

- Associated Press

Vice President Joe Biden told graduates at the U.S. Naval Academy on Friday that U.S. foreign policy is rebalancing toward the Asia-Pacific region, and he said many of them will be stationed there "to keep the peace."

This picture released on Thursday, May 21, 2015 by the website of Islamic State militants, shows damaged Syrian military helicopters at Palmyra air base that was captured by the Islamic State militants after a battle with the Syrian government forces in Palmyra, Syria. Activist and officials say members of the Islamic State group are conducting search operations in the ancient town of Palmyra where they have detained and killed dozens of people. (The website of Islamic State militants via AP)

IS captures Iraqi town, purges opponents in Syria's Palmyra

- Associated Press

Islamic State group militants searched through the Syrian town of Palmyra for government troops and fighters, using lists of names and informers to track them down and shooting some in the head on the spot, activists said Friday, estimating at least 150 have been killed in the past two days.

Members of a construction crew work at the site of the new Veterans Administration hospital complex, in Aurora, Colo., Thursday May 21, 2015.  The Veterans Affairs Department averted a costly construction shutdown at its half-finished hospital outside Denver on Thursday, but it still has to persuade an angry Congress to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars more to complete the bungled project.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

VA must find millions to finish troubled Denver hospital

- Associated Press

Construction crews are returning to work at the veterans hospital outside Denver after a last-minute deal with congressional leaders avoided a shutdown of the half-finished project.

Surveillance debate produces unusual alliances in Capitol

- Associated Press

Congress' debate over domestic surveillance is scrambling partisan divisions in the Senate as libertarian-minded Republicans defy their leaders to make common cause with liberal Democrats.