Seattle Times Headlines

Arrests, allegations of mass graves in Burundi unrest

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 18:27

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — A rights group said Friday it had seen evidence indicating possible mass graves in Burundi as unrest escalated with the arrest of 17 people in a security sweep, including two foreign journalists. Satellite images, video footage and witness accounts show that dozens of people allegedly killed by Burundian security forces in […]

Officials: Shooting kills 3 at Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 18:26

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — A shooting at a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia killed three people and wounded others Friday during prayers, security officials and a witness said, in the latest violence to strike the region. The attack struck the Imam Reza Mosque in the neighborhood of Mehasin, an area popular with Shiite […]

Navy commander pleads guilty in massive bribery case

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 18:20

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy commander accused of diverting ships to Asian ports for a Malaysian contractor offering prostitution services and other gifts pleaded guilty to bribery charges Thursday, marking the eighth conviction in the massive scandal. Michael Misiewicz is one of the highest ranking Naval officers charged in the case, which is centered […]

Regulators get input — sort of — on self-driving car rollout

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 18:17

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California regulators deciding how to permit the future rollout of self-driving cars have been told by consumer advocates that their cautious approach was right on, and by companies developing the technology that the current course will delay deployment of vehicles that promise huge safety benefits. The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles […]

Syrian opposition not in Geneva on the day of peace talks

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 18:13

GENEVA (AP) — A Syrian opposition official says the main opposition group is staying away from peace talks until they get a response to their demands from the United Nations. Basma Kodmani, a member of the opposition’s negotiations team, says they are still waiting for response from the U.N. regarding lifting the sieges on rebel-held […]

Eurozone inflation rises to 15-month high in January

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 18:02

BRUSSELS (AP) — Inflation appears to be picking up across the 19-country eurozone despite super-low oil prices. Official figures released Friday by Eurostat show consumer prices were 0.4 percent higher in January than the year before, double December’s rate. January’s rate was the highest since October 2014, when it was also 0.4 percent, a development […]

China accuses Canadian of carrying out spying missions

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 17:58

BEIJING (AP) — China says it has evidence that a Canadian man charged with spying and stealing Chinese state secrets carried out assignments for Canadian intelligence agencies. Canada’s government said Thursday it was concerned that Kevin Garratt had been indicted and that it has raised his case with the Chinese government “at high levels.” Chinese […]

Officials: Man who led escape had help from jail teacher

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 17:54

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The probable mastermind in the brazen escape of three inmates from a California jail had help from a woman whose English classes he was taking while locked up, authorities allege. Escapee Hussein Nayeri, 37, came to know Nooshafarin Ravaghi, 44, during an English as a second language course inside the […]

Hingis, Mirza win Australian Open doubles title

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 17:50

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza have continued what Hingis calls their “fairytale” run as a doubles combination. Hingis and Mirza maintained their perfect record in Grand Slam doubles finals, beating the Czech pair of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 7-6 (1), 6-3 at the Australian Open on Friday to extend their […]

San Francisco pier shooting suspects seeks case’s dismissal

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 17:45

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Mexican national charged with fatally shooting a young San Francisco woman walking on a city pier is seeking dismissal of his criminal case, which added to the national debate over illegal immigration. Juan Francisco Sanchez-Lopez and his lawyer Matt Gonzalez are expected to ask a judge Friday to drop a […]

French economy weakened by attacks, weather at end of 2015

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 17:44

PARIS (AP) — France’s economy grew by a weak 1.1 percent in 2015, as its last quarter was weighed down by the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris and an unseasonably warm winter. The national economic statistics agency on Friday released the annual figures, which saw just 0.2 percent growth in the final quarter of 2015 […]

Delaware House rejects legislation to abolish death penalty

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 17:43

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Proponents of a defeated measure to abolish Delaware’s death penalty say they will continue fighting until capital punishment is outlawed. The legislation failed Thursday evening in the state House, getting only 16 of the 21 votes needed for passage. Twenty-three lawmakers voted against the bill, which cleared the Senate last year […]

Iran says it flew drone over US aircraft carrier

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 17:40

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran flew a surveillance drone over a U.S. aircraft carrier and took “precise” photographs of it as part of an ongoing naval drill, state television reported Friday. An American official declined to comment on the claim. The reported drone overflight comes after a series of naval incidents between Iran and the […]

2 journalists among 17 arrested in Burundi security sweep

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 17:39

BUJUMBURA, Burundi (AP) — Burundian police say they are holding two foreign journalists who were among 17 people swept up in a military operation. Le Monde on Friday demanded the immediate release of Jean-Philippe Remy and British photojournalist Philip Edward Moore, who were on assignment for the French newspaper. Moise Nkurunziza, a deputy spokesman for […]

UN rights chief finds more abuse in C. African Republic

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 17:28

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N. human rights chief says his staffers have in recent weeks turned up six more cases of sexual abuse of children by European troops in Central African Republic. Zeid Raad al-Hussein’s office says a U.N. team interviewed five girls and a boy who claimed their abusers were part of European Union […]

Report: US and UK spied on Israeli drones for years

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 16:57

JERUSALEM (AP) — International media is reporting that U.S and British intelligence cracked the codes of Israeli drones operating in the Middle East and monitored their surveillance feeds for several years. A joint report Friday by the German daily Der Spiegel and the investigative website The Intercept said the details emerged from documents leaked by […]

Wary of culture clash, Germans teach refugees their rules

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 16:50

BERLIN (AP) — First impressions are important in any culture, and Germany is keen that even refugees from conservative Muslim countries get it right. “Men and women say hello and goodbye by shaking hands and looking each other in the eyes,” an online brochure earnestly instructs refugees, many of whom come from places where unrelated […]

Democrats get Obama pep talk, face long odds

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 16:46

BALTIMORE (AP) — House Democrats are heading home from their annual issues retreat energized by a pep talk by President Barack Obama but facing steep odds of reclaiming the majority that delivered Obama his greatest victories first-term victories. Obama promised Democrats that the party “will win in November” and chided Republicans for “phony tough talk […]

FBI shows video of Tuesday shooting of Oregon occupier

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 16:45

BURNS, Ore. (AP) — A video showing the shooting death of an occupier of an Oregon wildlife refuge appears to show the man reaching into his jacket before he fell into the snow. The FBI said the man had a loaded gun in his pocket. Authorities played the video shot by the FBI at a […]

Donald Trump holds his own event as GOP rivals debate

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/29/2016 - 16:40

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As his rivals made their final case to voters ahead of Iowa’s kickoff caucuses, Donald Trump was headlining a show of his own. Just three miles from the site of the final GOP presidential debate before voting begins, Republican front-runner Donald Trump held what amounted to a cross between his […]