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Charity asks UK for more help for Gulf War veterans

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 19:18

LONDON (AP) — A prominent veterans’ organization is urging the British government to do more to help those who served in the 1991 Gulf war. The Royal British Legion says as many as 33,000 former soldiers could be suffering from illnesses linked to their Persian Gulf deployment in Operation Desert Storm, a U.S.-led operation to […]

Rouhani: All happy about deal except Israel, US hard-liners

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 19:13

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that the official implementation of the landmark nuclear deal has satisfied all parties except radical extremists, while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged that Israel would remain vigilant to ensure that Iran was not violating its commitments. Speaking before the parliament in comments broadcast live […]

Nikki Haley living in Fantasyland

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 19:02

Nikki Haley’s 44th birthday is this week. You would think her a little old for fairy tales. But a bizarre, little-reported remark the South Carolina governor made last week suggests that, age notwithstanding, Haley lives in Fantasyland, at least insofar as American history is concerned. The comment in question came the day after her Tuesday […]

Police say 1 man killed in Jakarta was civilian, not bomber

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 19:00

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — One of the eight men killed in an audacious attack by Muslim militants in the heart of Indonesia’s capital was a civilian and not one of the bombers as first thought, police said Sunday. The victim, 43-year-old Sugito, was suspected of involvement because he crossed the road to a traffic police […]

Merkel’s migrant troubles flare but chancellor stands firm

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 18:21

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s migrant troubles have reignited in the new year but the German leader is sticking to her guns, insisting her country will manage the challenge and that diplomacy can bring solutions. Germany registered nearly 1.1 million asylum-seekers last year, and 2,000 to 3,000 are still arriving daily even in mid-winter. […]

The Latest: Germany says reviving Iran ties will take time

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 18:10

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The latest developments as Iran and world powers implement a landmark deal reached last year to curb Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions (all times local). 2:45 p.m. Germany’s economy minister says that reviving economic and financial ties with Iran will take time. Western sanctions on […]

Uneasy times: What to look out for at Davos this year

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 18:00

LONDON (AP) — Extremist attacks, plunging markets, and the break-neck pace of technological innovation. The world is beset by uncertainties as 2,500 business executives, political leaders and activists gather in the Swiss Alpine town of Davos this week. Although the glitzy event, which features speeches, panels and debates, has drawn criticism for being disconnected from […]

UN report: Thousands of Ramadi buildings damaged, destroyed

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 17:00

BAGHDAD (AP) — A United Nations report published Saturday finds that the ongoing battle for the city of Ramadi has damaged or destroyed more than 4,500 buildings. The findings, gathered by comparing satellite imagery of the city collected in July 2014 to imagery collected in December, reveal that nearly 1,500 buildings have been completely destroyed, […]

Launch set for US-European ocean-monitoring satellite

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 16:43

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The latest in a series of U.S.-European satellites designed to detect and measure ocean phenomena like El Nino is scheduled for launch this weekend aboard a SpaceX rocket that will attempt to land its discarded first stage on a floating barge. If the launch is successful, the Jason-3 satellite would continue […]

Palestinians arrest official suspected of spying for Israel

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 15:55

RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — Palestinian officials say they have arrested a staffer in the office of the chief negotiator on suspicion of leaking documents to Israel. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the issue, say Sunday that the man confessed to providing information to the Israelis. […]

Syria says IS group killed 300 in attacks in country’s east

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 15:45

BEIRUT (AP) — Syria’s government said Sunday that Islamic State militants slaughtered 300 people in an “appalling massacre” committed in the eastern city of Deir el-Zour in daylong attacks that saw the extremists make significant advances in the contested region. The state-run SANA news agency said that most of those killed in Saturday’s attacks were […]

Djokovic offers a healthy choice ahead of Australian Open

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 15:43

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic doesn’t really need to offer sweeteners to attract a crowd at the Australian Open. Still, in what has become something of a tradition, he handed out some delicacies at his news conference on Sunday. He doled out chocolates at his first meeting with media at previous Australian Open tournaments […]

Israeli police: Hateful graffiti sprayed on Jerusalem church

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 15:41

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say they have discovered hateful Hebrew graffiti on the walls of a noted Jerusalem church. Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said Sunday that anti-Christian slogans were found on the outer walls of the Dormition Abbey in the Old City of Jerusalem. The church itself says the writing included threats of violence […]

Afghan official: At least 13 dead, 14 wounded in attack

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 15:10

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least 13 people have been killed and 14 wounded in a suicide attack at the home of a prominent politician in the increasingly volatile eastern city of Jalalabad, an Afghan official said on Sunday. The attacker detonated his explosives, which were secreted in his clothing, around 10:30 a.m. at the […]

Statewide prep basketball scores

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 14:37

Basketball scores for the week of Jan. 11.

Officer fatally shoots woman, dog at end of high-speed chase

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 14:36

EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — Police in El Cajon said an officer has fatally shot a woman and a dog in a stolen car after the driver tried to run over the officer. Lt. Frank La Haye said the early Saturday shooting came at the end of a high-speed chase, when the driver of the […]

Family seek answers over African kidnapping of 2 Australians

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 14:35

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The family of an Australian doctor and his wife kidnapped in Burkina Faso said on Sunday they did not know why the couple were abducted or where they were taken. Surgeon Ken Elliott and his wife Jocelyn disappeared on Friday night, the family in Western Australia state said in a statement. […]

China-led development bank aims to swiftly approve loans

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 14:29

BEIJING (AP) — The head of the newly opened Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank said the China-led group is aiming to approve its first loans before the end of the year, part of Beijing’s efforts to weave together regional trade partners and solidify its global status. The AIIB officially opened at a ceremony on Saturday in […]

Silvertips down T-birds, pad division lead

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 14:25

The Everett Silvertips improved to 3-0-1 against the Thunderbirds and padded their division lead to five points with a 5-1 win on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 8,145 at Xfinity Arena.

Gilles Dierickx has huge game for SPU men

Seattle Times Headlines - Sun, 01/17/2016 - 14:11

Center Gilles Dierickx had a double-double by halftime and finished with a 20-point, 17-rebound performance for Seattle Pacific, which defeated Northwest Nazarene 69-52 in a Great Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball game at Brougham Pavilion.