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Russia dismisses Sochi doping allegations as ‘speculation’

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 20:13

MOSCOW (AP) — Accusations that four Russian gold-medal winners at the Sochi Olympics used performance-enhancing drugs are just “speculation,” Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Saturday. The allegations were made by former Russian anti-doping officer Vitaly Stepanov, who said the former head of Russia’s drug-testing lab told him he had a “Sochi List” of Russians […]

Pakistan to try 13 for killing, burning teenage girl

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 20:12

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistani police say 13 members of a local tribal council who allegedly strangled a local girl and set her body on fire as punishment for helping one of her friends elope will face trial under anti-terrorism laws. The body of 17-year-old Ambreen Riasat was found in a torched van near a tourist […]

Florida authorities: 1 dead after deputy-involved shooting

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 20:08

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Florida authorities say a deputy has been involved in fatal shooting in St. Petersburg. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office says a call came in about 3:30 a.m. Saturday. Detectives were gathering evidence near the scene at 23rd Street S. and 21st Avenue S. Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Spencer […]

Poles hold large anti-government protest in favor of EU

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 19:55

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Thousands of people marched Saturday in central Warsaw to show their opposition to the policies of the conservative government which they view as anti-democratic and harmful to Poland’s position in the European Union. The march was held under the motto “We are and will remain in Europe” and comes just days […]

Egypt court recommends death for 2 Al-Jazeera employees

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 19:51

CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian court has recommended the death sentence against six people, including two Al-Jazeera employees, for allegedly passing documents related to national security to Qatar and the Doha-based TV network during the rule of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. A verdict on Morsi, ousted by the military in 2013, and four other defendants […]

London’s new Muslim mayor vows to be leader for everyone

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 19:38

DUBLIN (AP) — Sadiq Khan has a simple, striking message for Londoners: He’ll be a mayor for people of all faiths and none. Khan celebrated his landslide election victory Saturday in a multi-denominational ceremony at an Anglican cathedral accompanied by London’s police chief, Christian and Jewish leaders, and stars of stage and screen. They gave […]

Leopards have lost 75 percent of historic range, study shows

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 19:24

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — A new study says leopards have lost 75 percent of their historic range across Africa, Asia and the Middle East, with three Asian subspecies facing eradication. A three-year review of data published in the scientific journal PeerJ challenges the conventional assumption that the spotted cats are thriving in the wild. Instead, […]

These beasts are beauties: India holds bovine beauty pageant

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 19:02

ROHTAK, India (AP) — Even beasts can be beautiful. Hundreds of cows and bulls walked the ramp in a north Indian town Saturday in a bovine beauty pageant aimed at promoting indigenous Indian cattle breeds and raising awareness about animal health. As farmers led their animals, the panel of experts judged the beasts for their […]

Lebanese hope for change in first vote after trash crisis

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 18:57

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s capital on Sunday will hold its first elections since a months-long trash crisis left mountains of garbage festering in the streets, with an outsider group of candidates challenging a political establishment widely seen as corrupt and incompetent. Beirut Madinati, Arabic for “Beirut, My City,” has vowed to clean up the city’s […]

Turkey: 2 more detained over attack on opposition editor

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 18:53

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s state-run news agency says authorities have detained two people linked to a gunman who attacked a leading journalist outside a courthouse hours before he was sentenced to more than five years in prison for his reports. The gunman fired two shots Friday at Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of the opposition newspaper […]

French President prepares for potential re-election bid

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 18:47

PARIS (AP) — The most unpopular president in France’s modern history, Francois Hollande, is preparing the ground for a potential re-election bid. His leftist base is in open revolt, protesting youth are clashing with police nearly every night, and France is in a six-month state of emergency — yet he is on a new mission […]

Russia says truce in Syria’s Aleppo extended for 3 days

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 18:37

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — Russia’s military says a fragile cease-fire in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo has been extended for 72 hours and is now in effect until 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday (2101GMT Monday). The Russian Defense Ministry statement early Saturday says the extension was made at Moscow’s initiative and would also apply to […]

Powerball’s pull puts weekend jackpot at $415 million

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 18:04

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Powerball jackpot has climbed to $415 million, making Saturday night’s prize the largest since a record $1.6 billion payout in January. Interest and sales typically spike when the lack of a winner causes prizes to spiral upward. Here are some things to keep in mind about Saturday’s drawing and […]

Bosnia’s Muslims reopen mosque Serbs blew up during the war

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 18:01

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Over 10,000 people have gathered for the re-opening of a mosque in Bosnia that was destroyed by Christian Orthodox Serbs during the 1992-1995 war. The Ferhat Pasha mosque was a masterpiece of 16th-century Ottoman architecture. It was one of 16 mosques in the city Banja Luka that were destroyed by […]

Thai authorities arrest dissident’s mom for online inaction

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 17:51

BANGKOK (AP) — The authorities in Thailand, who previously declared that marking a potentially illegal Facebook post with a “Like” could be cause for arrest, have charged a dissident’s mother for failing to rebut a Facebook message that allegedly defamed the country’s royal family. Police on Saturday sought to defend the arrest of Patnaree Chankij […]

Sanctions, restrictions seen impeding science in North Korea

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 17:24

BEIJING (AP) — Tightening U.N. sanctions and an inability to freely access the Internet are inhibiting the work of North Korean scientists, Nobel Prize laureates who recently visited the country said Saturday. Medicine prize winner Richard Roberts, economics prize winner Finn Kydland and chemistry prize winner Aaron Ciechanover told reporters in Beijing that they hoped […]

Roadside bomb kills 4 children from same Afghan family

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 16:49

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A roadside bomb has killed at least four small children from the same family in the southern Zabul province, an official said Saturday. Wazir Mohammad Jawadi, a district administrator, said another child from the same family was wounded in the blast, which took place late Friday. Afghanistan is inundated with mines […]

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 15:33

Highlights from the weekly AP photo report, a gallery featuring a mix of front-page photography, the odd image you might have missed and lasting moments our editors think you should see. This week’s gallery features a raging wildfire in Canada, a display of Russian military might in Moscow, and a visit by American reality TV […]

China envoy to visit Djibouti, site of 1st overseas base

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 15:06

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping is sending a special envoy to visit the Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti, where China is establishing a naval logistics center that is widely seen as the first overseas base for its increasingly powerful military. Deputy head of the national legislature Yan Junqi will this week attend […]

Turbulence injures 17 on Indonesia-Hong Kong flight

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 05/07/2016 - 14:58

BALI, Indonesia (AP) — Seventeen passengers and crew were injured when a Hong Kong Airlines’ flight ran into severe turbulence early Saturday on the way from Indonesia’s resort Bali island to Hong Kong. The Airbus A330-200 with 204 passengers and 12 crew returned to Bali about 2 ½ hours into the flight and landed safely […]