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Lawyer of Indonesia cleric says his jail conditions inhumane

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 19:00

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A lawyer for the spiritual leader of the militants who carried out the 2002 Bali bombings is urging Indonesian authorities to end his “inhumane” treatment in prison. The radical Islamic cleric Abu Bakar Bashir has been confined to a tiny isolation cell in the wake of the Jan. 14 suicide bombings […]

Ferrante, Pamuk up for Man Booker International Prize

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 18:46

LONDON (AP) — Elusive Italian author Elena Ferrante and Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk are among six finalists for the Man Booker International Prize for fiction. Ferrante’s Neapolitan tale “The Story of the Lost Child” and Pamuk’s Istanbul-set “A Strangeness in My Mind” are on a shortlist, announced Thursday, that includes books from Asia, Africa […]

Last surviving space shuttle external tank on way to L.A.

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 18:37

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — NASA’s only remaining space shuttle external fuel tank is headed to California where it will land as part of a permanent display with the retired space shuttle Endeavor. The tank, ET-94, was built for the space shuttle program but never used in flight. The 15-story, 32 ½ ton external tank left […]

News conference amid reports Trump aide won’t be prosecuted

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 18:36

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida prosecutor’s office plans to hold a news conference amid reports that presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign manager won’t be prosecuted over a videotaped altercation with a female reporter. A spokesman for Palm Beach County state attorney Dave Aronberg told The New York Times there will be a news […]

EU approves security plan to track airline passenger info

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 18:30

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union lawmakers on Thursday approved a scheme to share airline passenger information that can be used to track foreign fighters heading to and from conflict areas like Syria and Iraq. They endorsed the Passenger Name Record law in a series of votes at its legislature in Strasbourg, France, ending years of […]

Sean Penn’s ‘The Last Face’ competing at Cannes festival

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 18:21

PARIS (AP) — A Sean Penn film about aid workers in Africa and movies about interracial marriage and cannibal fashion models are among the selections for this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The 20 films from 28 countries announced Thursday will compete for prestigious Palme d’Or at the May 11-22 festival on the French Riviera, which […]

EU approves data protection reform, boosting privacy

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 18:20

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union has approved new data protection rules to strengthen online privacy, streamline legislation between the 28 member states and boost police and security cooperation. The rules will for the first time create a strong data protection law for Europe’s 500 million citizens, replacing an outdated patchwork of national rules that […]

UK Labour chief Corbyn argues for ‘in’ vote in EU referendum

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 18:06

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s opposition leader, Jeremy Corbyn, says Britain should stay in the European Union, arguing that “a vote to remain in is in the best interests of the people of this country.” Corbyn comes from the socialist left-wing of the Labour Party and has long been seen as a lukewarm supporter of the […]

10 Things to Know for Thursday

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 17:56

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Thursday: 1. WHERE THE PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN IS HEADED The entire presidential field descends on America’s largest city. Donald Trump hopes New York marks an end to the worst period of his candidacy, while Democrats prepare to debate in Brooklyn. […]

Suspect in Smith shooting described as ‘mild-mannered’ guy

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 17:49

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The man accused of gunning down former Saints defensive end Will Smith is a soft-spoken, respectful team leader who always calls older women “ma’am,” his pastor and his high school coach said. As Smith’s family, friends and fans come to grips with the local favorite’s death, those in Cardell Hayes’ sphere […]

LA fans consider Bryant’s last days, and life without him

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 17:49

LOS ANGELES (AP) — After one, last, unforgettable, 60-point night, the fans of Los Angeles will have to get used to life without Kobe Bryant. It’s something many of them have never known. For two decades he has loomed over the city like no other figure, often literally on billboards and the sides of downtown […]

UN climate panel to explore 1.5-degree warming goal

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 17:43

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The U.N.’s scientific panel on climate change will write a special report on how to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius (2.7 degrees Fahrenheit) compared with pre-industrial times. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change agreed Thursday to explore the issue after a request by world governments in Paris last December. Many […]

China pulls license of prominent rights lawyer

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 17:33

BEIJING (AP) — Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang (POO JER’-chiang) has been disbarred following his sentencing on what supporters say are drummed-up charges to curtail his activism. Pu posted a photo of a letter from the Beijing City Legal Affairs Department to his micro-blog Thursday that says his law license was pulled in […]

Putin: Russian economy is on the road to recovery

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 17:27

MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says Russia’s agricultural production has risen even though its national economy has plunged into recession, and predicts that the economy will start growing next year. Putin was speaking Thursday during his highly scripted marathon call-in TV show. The Russian leader uses the annual event to burnish his image as […]

Chimp flees Japan zoo, caught after falling from power pole

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 17:11

TOKYO (AP) — A chimpanzee fled from a zoo in northern Japan and tried desperately to avoid being captured by climbing an electric pole. Not for long. Chacha, the male chimp, was on the loose nearly two hours Thursday after it disappeared from the Yagiyama Zoological Park in Sendai, the city that’s hosting finance ministers […]

German think tanks trim 2016 growth forecast to 1.6 percent

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 17:10

BERLIN (AP) — Leading German economic think tanks have trimmed their 2016 growth forecast for the country’s economy to 1.6 percent, pointing to slower expansion in China and elsewhere. Thursday’s forecast by four economic institutes was down from the 1.8 percent they predicted in October. For 2017, they are forecasting growth of 1.5 percent. The […]

Paris-Brussels attacks suspect Abrini faces questioning

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 17:07

BRUSSELS (AP) — A Belgian judge is deciding whether to keep Mohamed Abrini and a half-dozen other suspects in the Paris and Brussels attacks in preventive custody. Thursday’s hearing in Brussels comes after Abrini was arrested last week and charged in the March 22 attacks in Brussels, which left 32 dead, and the Nov. 13 […]

Eurozone inflation rate revised up to zero in March

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 17:03

LONDON (AP) — The latest bout of falling prices across the 19-country eurozone has ended— after just a single month. Revised figures from the European Union’s statistics agency show that inflation was flat in the year to March. That’s up from the initial estimate of a 0.1 percent fall and February’s 0.2 percent annual drop. […]

Ally of Ukraine’s president elected new prime minister

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:56

MOSCOW (AP) — The speaker of the Ukrainian parliament has been elected prime minister after a months-long political crisis. The parliament on Thursday voted 250-57 for Volodymyr Groysman, who was nominated by President Petro Poroshenko. The outgoing prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, resigned earlier this week after weeks of pressure for him to step down. He […]

Unilever sales fall 2 percent in first quarter of 2016

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/14/2016 - 16:48

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Consumer products giant Unilever, the owner of brands including Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, Lipton and Dove, says its first quarter sales dropped 2 percent to 12.5 billion euros ($14 billion) from the same period last year as it was hit hard by exchange rate fluctuations and “fragile” consumer demand. […]