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Pakistan army confirms death sentences for 12 militants

Seattle Times Headlines - 15 min 57 sec ago

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s military says the country’s powerful army chief, Gen. Raheel Sharif, has confirmed death sentences awarded by military courts to 12 “hardcore terrorists” over their involvement in a series of attacks against security forces. In a statement Thursday, the military said the men included a Pakistani Taliban militant, Muhammad Arbi, who abetted […]

Carter expects NATO endorsement of anti-IS campaign plan

Seattle Times Headlines - 20 min 2 sec ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says he expects a gathering of more than two dozen countries contributing to the war against the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq to endorse a U.S. plan for accelerating the campaign this year. Speaking to reporters Thursday at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Carter said he would […]

Lawmakers say UK’s draft online spying law needs changes

Seattle Times Headlines - 21 min 4 sec ago

LONDON (AP) — The British government is under pressure to amend its proposed Internet surveillance law after a committee of lawmakers said plans to make service providers retain all users’ data have not been “adequately thought through.” If approved by Parliament, the Investigatory Powers Bill will let police and spies access Internet connection records — […]

Gunfire that killed baby likely aimed at gang member father

Seattle Times Headlines - 24 min 3 sec ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gunfire most likely meant for her gang member father hit a 1-year-old girl in the head and killed her in her crib in a home in Compton, officials said. The girl died in one of the most violent areas of Los Angeles County after a gunman got out of a car […]

The Latest: Turkey’s president renews call for no-fly zone

Seattle Times Headlines - 33 min 3 sec ago

BEIRUT (AP) — The Latest developments on the war in Syria, the refugee crisis and security talks in Munich, Germany. (all times local): 12:30 p.m. Turkey’s president has renewed a call for the establishment of a secure, no-fly zone in Syria, saying it is the only way to deal with the influx of migrants and […]

Carter: NATO to draw up plans to counter people smuggling

Seattle Times Headlines - 35 min 2 sec ago

BRUSSELS (AP) — U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter says NATO military authorities have been ordered to draw up plans for how the alliance could help shut down illegal migration and people smuggling across the Aegean Sea. Carter made the announcement at a Thursday press conference after three NATO allies —Turkey, Germany and Greece— requested alliance […]

Societe Generale shares slump on profit warning

Seattle Times Headlines - 52 min 2 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — Shares in Societe Generale slumped Thursday after the French bank warned it would not achieve a targeted increase in profitability this year. Societe General blamed a rise in regulatory capital requirements and “the economic and financial environment” as it abandoned a long-held target of 10 percent return on equity by the end […]

Sweden cuts key interest rate to minus 0.50 percent

Seattle Times Headlines - 1 hour 9 min ago

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Sweden’s central bank has decided to cut its key interest rate to a record low of minus 0.50 percent, saying the measure is necessary to safeguard the bank’s target of increasing inflation, which was still “not on a firm footing.” Noting that its “very expansionary monetary policy” had helped strengthen the Scandinavian […]

Italy urged Egypt for help hours after student disappeared

Seattle Times Headlines - 1 hour 16 min ago

CAIRO (AP) — Italian officials contacted Egyptian authorities hours after a student later found tortured to death disappeared in central Cairo last month, according to an official summary of Italian efforts to locate him. The summary, obtained by The Associated Press on Thursday, says Ambassador Maurizio Massari contacted Italian intelligence, who reached out to their […]

Several states seek to block 2nd trimester abortion method

Seattle Times Headlines - 1 hour 18 min ago

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Abortion opponents in Mississippi, West Virginia and several other states are filing bills to ban an abortion procedure commonly used in the second trimester that opponents describe as dismembering a fetus. Courts have already blocked similar laws that Kansas and Oklahoma enacted in 2015. The New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights, […]

Ex-army chief’s appointment as Sri Lanka lawmaker criticized

Seattle Times Headlines - 1 hour 19 min ago

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — An international rights group says the Sri Lankan government’s decision to appoint the civil war-winning general to Parliament contradicts pledges to investigate abuses alleged to have occurred under his command. Human Rights Watch says Thursday the appointment of former army chief Sarath Fonseka signals that the government may protect senior […]

FBI arrests Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy in Portland

Seattle Times Headlines - 1 hour 41 min ago

Cliven Bundy, the father of the jailed leader of the Oregon refuge occupation and who was the center of a standoff with federal officials in Nevada in 2014, was arrested in Portland, the FBI said. Authorities arrested the 74-year-old Nevada rancher after he arrived at Portland International Airport from Las Vegas Wednesday night. He was […]

2 alleged human smugglers on trial over Aylan Kurdi’s death

Seattle Times Headlines - 1 hour 42 min ago

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Two alleged people-smugglers are on trial in Turkey accused of causing the death of 3-year-old Syrian migrant boy Aylan Kurdi and four other people. The image of the boy — his lifeless body lying face down on a beach in Bodrum — galvanized world attention on the refugee crisis, graphically illustrating […]

Fargo police say officer mortally wounded after standoff

Seattle Times Headlines - 1 hour 43 min ago

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Fargo police officer was shot amid a standoff with a domestic violence suspect and is not expected to survive his injuries, police in North Dakota said early Thursday. Officer Jason Moszer, 33, responded to the standoff Wednesday night and parked near the home the suspect was barricaded inside, Fargo Deputy […]

Oil price drop pushes Total profit down 26 percent

Seattle Times Headlines - 1 hour 43 min ago

PARIS (AP) — Total says its fourth quarter earnings skidded 26 percent as the collapse in oil prices hit another global energy giant. The French company said Thursday that profit adjusted for changes in the value of inventories and one-time items dropped to $2.1 billion from $2.8 billion in the same period a year earlier. […]

Dozens detained, life paralyzed by strike in Indian Kashmir

Seattle Times Headlines - 1 hour 46 min ago

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Indian authorities have detained dozens of Kashmiri activists and placed separatist leaders under house arrest to prevent them from holding anti-India protests to mark the anniversary of a top separatist leader’s hanging more than three decades ago. Shops and businesses remained shut Thursday and a curfew was in effect in some […]

Next up for Democrats: Nevada, an entirely different state

Seattle Times Headlines - 1 hour 55 min ago

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Now that Iowa and New Hampshire are in the rear-view mirror, the Democratic presidential contest shifts to markedly different terrain in Nevada, where a largely urban and diverse electorate will test the breadth of Bernie Sanders’ appeal and the durability of Hillary Clinton’s coalition. In contrast to the overwhelmingly Anglo electorate […]

Viewers’ Guide: Post-NH, a tense Clinton-Sanders rematch

Seattle Times Headlines - 1 hour 58 min ago

WASHINGTON (AP) — Grudge match. Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders get back in the debate ring Thursday night with an increasingly bitter family score to settle. The debate comes just 48 hours after Sanders’ victory over Clinton in the New Hampshire primary by 22 percentage points, a jagged pill made more so […]

Clinton struggles to win over younger women

Seattle Times Headlines - 2 hours 14 min ago

CONCORD, New Hampshire (AP) — For young women, political revolution is currently trumping the idea of a Madame President. In New Hampshire, women under the age of 45 overwhelmingly backed Bernie Sanders over Hillary Clinton, exit polls showed. It’s a problem for the former secretary of state as she tries to build the coalition of […]

Indian soldier dies after rescue from avalanche in Kashmir

Seattle Times Headlines - 2 hours 22 min ago

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian army says a soldier rescued after six days buried under deep snow by an enormous avalanche in the Himalayan region of Kashmir has died in a hospital. Spokesman Col. Rohan Anand says Hanamanthappa Koppad died Thursday with worsening dysfunction in multiple organs after being hospitalized in New Delhi in […]