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Denmark’s new plan to deter migrants: Seize their valuables

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 21:57

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Hoping to diminish Denmark’s appeal to migrants, the country’s government plans to force asylum-seekers to hand over any valuables worth more than $1,500 to help cover their housing and food costs while their cases are being processed. The center-right government’s proposal is expected to be approved by Parliament this month despite […]

Peter Dundas makes Cavalli menswear premiere at Milan

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 21:53

MILAN (AP) — David Bowie’s pioneering rock ‘n’ roll femininity is gaining currency, still after decades, on fashion runways and was strongly evident in Peter Dundas’ menswear premier for the Roberto Cavalli fashion house. “Where do I begin?” Dundas said when asked about Bowie’s influence on his designs after the show Friday evening. “Bowie’s almost […]

Peter Dundas makes Cavalli menswear premiere at Milan

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 21:53

MILAN (AP) — David Bowie’s pioneering rock ‘n’ roll femininity is gaining currency, still after decades, on fashion runways and was strongly evident in Peter Dundas’ menswear premier for the Roberto Cavalli fashion house. “Where do I begin?” Dundas said when asked about Bowie’s influence on his designs after the show Friday evening. “Bowie’s almost […]

Brazil to fund development of vaccine for Zika virus

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 21:46

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian government says it is directing funds to a biomedical research center to help develop a vaccine against a virus linked to brain damage in babies. Health Minister Marcelo Castro says the goal is to develop “in record time” a vaccine for Zika, which is spread through mosquito bites. Zika […]

Brazil to fund development of vaccine for Zika virus

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 21:46

SAO PAULO (AP) — The Brazilian government says it is directing funds to a biomedical research center to help develop a vaccine against a virus linked to brain damage in babies. Health Minister Marcelo Castro says the goal is to develop “in record time” a vaccine for Zika, which is spread through mosquito bites. Zika […]

AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 21:24

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 an Indian police officer firing tear gas as a Kashmiri Muslim, center, ducks during the funeral procession for a top […]

Senate to take up bill for more scrutiny of Syrian refugees

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 20:53

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will consider new rigorous screening procedures for Syrian and Iraqi refugees seeking to enter the United States as national security looms large for voters in an election year. Propelled by the Islamic State group’s attacks in Paris, the GOP-backed legislation raced through the House last November with 289 votes. That […]

Pro-independence party candidate Tsai Ing-wen claims victory in Taiwan’s presidential election

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 20:37

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Pro-independence party candidate Tsai Ing-wen claims victory in Taiwan’s presidential election.

Nepal formally begins much delayed earthquake reconstruction

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 19:43

BUNGMATI, Nepal (AP) — Nepal officially launched the much-delayed reconstruction of about 1 million homes and buildings Saturday nearly nine months after they were damaged by devastating earthquake which killed 9,000 people. Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Oli unveiled plans to rebuild Bungmati, an old town just south of Kathmandu, to initiate the reconstruction campaign that […]

Pope to visit synagogue in sign of friendship amid questions

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 19:40

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday becomes the third pope to visit Rome’s main synagogue in a sign of continued Catholic-Jewish friendship that was highlighted by a recent Vatican declaration that it doesn’t support official efforts to convert the Jews. But the visit also follows a series of developments that have upset some […]

Candidate of China-friendly Nationalist Party concedes in Taiwan’s presidential election

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 19:28

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Candidate of China-friendly Nationalist Party concedes in Taiwan’s presidential election.

Quotations in the News

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 19:27

“We know that the gunmen won’t get out of the hotel alive. Our country is not for jihadists or terrorists. They got it wrong.” — Gilbert, a witness who gave only his first name, after al-Qaida-linked militants killed 23 people at a luxury hotel in Burkina Faso. ___ “Taiwan and China need to keep some […]

Pro-independence party candidate Tsai Ing-wen has commanding lead in Taiwan presidential vote

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 19:06

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Pro-independence party candidate Tsai Ing-wen has commanding lead in Taiwan presidential vote.

Obama proposes new unemployment insurance plan

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 19:02

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Saturday proposed a set of changes to the U.S. unemployment insurance system that he says would offer more security to out-of-work Americans and encourage experienced workers to rejoin the workforce, even if it means taking a pay cut. “We shouldn’t just be talking about unemployment; we should be […]

Pakistan PM heads to Saudi, Iran in bid to mend rift

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 18:23

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit Riyadh and Tehran in a bid to mend ties between the archrivals after the Saudi execution of a prominent Shiite cleric led to mob attacks on the kingdom’s diplomatic posts in Iran. Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said Saturday that Sharif would depart Monday for […]

Indonesian police arrest 12 after Jakarta attack

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 18:12

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said Saturday they have arrested 12 people suspected of links to the Jakarta bombings. The audacious attacks by suicide bombers and gunmen on Thursday that targeted a Starbucks and traffic police post in bustling central Jakarta killed seven people, including two civilians. More than 20 people were injured. It […]

Japan, US, S. Korea to work for strong warning to N. Korea

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 18:07

TOKYO (AP) — Senior diplomats from the U.S., Japan and South Korea concurred Saturday on the need for a strong response in the U.N. Security Council to North Korea’s recent nuclear test. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Japanese and South Korean counterparts said Saturday that a failure to send a clear […]

German finance chief floats gasoline tax in migrant crisis

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 17:50

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s finance minister is floating the idea of a European tax on gasoline to help finance the continent’s efforts to manage the migrant crisis. The European Union has struggled to find common ground amid the influx of people seeking safety and a better life. Germany and Sweden have allowed in large numbers […]

The Latest: Iran, EU officials meet ahead of nuke report

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 17:48

VIENNA (AP) — The latest developments as Iran and world powers prepare to implement a landmark deal reached last year to curb Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions (all times local). 11:20 a.m. The EU’s top diplomat has met with Iran’s foreign minister for talks on implementing the nuclear deal […]

Iranian, US foreign minister focus on clinching nuclear deal

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 17:47

VIENNA (AP) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and U.S .Secretary of State John Kerry are focusing on a landmark nuclear deal with Tehran as the U.N. nuclear agency prepares to release a report on whether Iran has met commitments under the accord. Zarif and Kerry are to meet Saturday in Vienna, headquarters of […]