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Defense Secretary Carter: American killed in combat in Iraq

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 18:02

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Tuesday that an American serviceman has been killed near Irbil in Iraq. “It is a combat death,” Carter said at the outset of a news in Stuttgart, Germany where he has been consulting with European allies this week. The defense secretary provided no other details, other […]

Romania: minister who quit amid opera dispute, wants to stay

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 18:01

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania’s culture minister who resigned over his failure to resolve a bitter dispute at Romania’s main opera house involving internationally acclaimed ballerina Alina Cojocaru, says he has changed his mind. It may be too late. Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos has said he will appoint a new minister Tuesday. Vlad Alexandrescu said […]

Grandparent: Teacher hangs boy hung from chalkboard by belt

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 17:58

CONYERS, Ga. (AP) — A Georgia woman says her grandson’s teacher made him hang by his belt from the top of a chalkboard as punishment. Tracy Davis tells WSB-TV (http://2wsb.tv/1NiOVpJ) that on Thursday, the principal at Shoal Creek Elementary School in Conyers found her 5-year-old grandson — who has special needs — hanging from a […]

NATO alliance getting new supreme commander

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 17:46

BRUSSELS (AP) — The NATO alliance is getting a new supreme commander this week, a former top-ranking U.S. military officer in Korea who has been described by Defense Secretary Ash Carter as a proven warrior-diplomat and “a soldiers’ general.” U.S. Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti was installed Tuesday as head of U.S. European Command, and […]

Myanmar fire leaves 440 Rohingya families homeless

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 17:45

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — A fire on Tuesday burned down a camp in western Myanmar that shelters members of the country’s persecuted Rohingya minority, leaving 440 families homeless. Rakhine state Department of Social Relief official Cho Cho Win said 49 bamboo shelters, each containing eight rooms, burned down at the Baw Du Pa 2 camp […]

Indian teenager dies while shooting selfie with loaded gun

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 17:26

NEW DELHI (AP) — A teenager has died after accidentally shooting himself while posing for a selfie with a loaded handgun held to his head, police said Tuesday. Ramandeep Singh, 15, pulled the trigger while taking the picture with his smartphone at his home in Pathankot city in Punjab state, said Inspector Bharat Bhushan. He […]

France: US-EU trade deal blocked, probably doomed

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 17:24

PARIS (AP) — France’s trade minister says a huge free trade deal between the U.S. and Europe is probably doomed, and France would reject the current version because it’s too friendly to U.S. business. Matthias Fekl told Europe-1 radio Tuesday that negotiations “are totally blocked” and a halt to talks “is the most probable option.” […]

Bangladesh war crimes court sentences 4 to death

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 17:16

NEW DELHI (AP) — A special war crimes court in Bangladesh has sentenced four men to death for killing, torture, arson and looting during the nation’s independence war against Pakistan in 1971. The ruling Tuesday is likely to aggravate the divide between moderates and extremists in the Sunni-majority nation, which is grappling with a wave […]

BMW sees higher net profit on strong Europe, Asia sales

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 17:10

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Luxury automaker BMW says net profit rose 8.2 percent in the first quarter as the company saw strong sales in key markets in Europe and Asia. Profit rose to 1.64 billion euros ($1.88 billion) from 1.52 billion euros a year earlier. The figure was short of the consensus estimate for 1.68 […]

Cambodia bars cars near Angkor Wat temple

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 17:09

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The main road alongside Cambodia’s famed Angkor Wat temple is now off-limits to cars as authorities seek to ease traffic jams at the site that draws 2.1 million tourists a year. Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen announced the measure on his Facebook page Tuesday. The new rule applies to a […]

EU forecasts only modest growth amid global uncertainty

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 17:08

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union forecasts that economic growth is likely to remain moderate in the 19 countries that share the euro in the near future in the face of a likely rise in the price of oil and the common currency. Although the eurozone economy in the first quarter regained the size it […]

Philippines to discuss lease of Japan surveillance planes

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 16:35

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine defense chief says his government has agreed in principle to lease five Japanese surveillance planes to be used in patrolling disputed areas of the South China Sea and in search-and-rescue missions during disasters. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said Tuesday he plans to discuss with his Japanese counterpart the terms […]

Deputy shoots man who was waving gun in South Carolina

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 16:24

TAYLORS, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating after a deputy shot a man authorities say was waving a gun in Greenville County. Greenville County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jennings Autrey tells news outlets deputies responded to a report of a suspect waving a gun Monday night near a Wal-Mart in Taylors. […]

Bangkok temple now a venerated site for Leicester City fans

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 16:21

BANGKOK (AP) — Tucked in the Chinatown area of Bangkok is a Buddhist temple that has turned overnight into a venerated site for Leicester City’s fans, at least the ones in Thailand. After all, it was the chief monk of that temple who some months ago had predicted that the team, which was a 5,000-1 […]

Bangkok temple now a venerated site for Leicester City fans

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 15:55

BANGKOK (AP) — Tucked in the Chinatown area of Bangkok is a Buddhist temple that has turned overnight into a venerated site for Leicester City’s fans, at least the ones in Thailand. After all, it was the chief monk of that temple who some months ago had predicted that the team, a 5,000-1 outsider at […]

Syrian media say rebel shelling in city of Aleppo kills 7

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 15:50

BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian state media say new rebel shelling of government-held parts of the northern city of Aleppo has killed at least seven people and wounded 35. Syrian TV says the shells hit several neighborhoods during morning rush hour in contested Aleppo, which has been the center of violence in recent weeks. Tuesday’s attack […]

Tens of thousands Shiite pilgrims converge on Baghdad shrine

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 15:41

BAGHDAD (AP) — Tens of thousands of Shiite pilgrims are converging on a golden-domed Shiite shrine in Baghdad to commemorate the anniversary of the death of a revered imam. Some of the pilgrims in the Iraqi capital’s northern neighborhood of Kadhimiyah, where the 8th century Imam Moussa al-Kadhim is buried, are pounding their chests in […]

Judge agrees to move trial for dad in toddler hot SUV death

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 15:34

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Acknowledging the intense and extensive media coverage of the case of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his toddler son in a hot SUV to die, the judge decided it would be wise to move the trial away from the county where the boy died. Questionnaires filled out by potential […]

Islanders look to bounce back in Game 3 against Lightning

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 15:31

SYOSSET, N.Y. (AP) — The New York Islanders know there are several areas they need to improve to avoid falling behind in their second-round series against Tampa Bay. They need to find a way to beat the Lightning’s defensive pressure, step up their passing and just be more aggressive. Returning home after the loss in […]

Once a Clinton stronghold, Appalachia now Trump country

Seattle Times Headlines - Tue, 05/03/2016 - 15:23

ASHLAND, Ky. (AP) — When President Bill Clinton rolled into the small Appalachian town of Ashland, Kentucky, in 1996, cheering crowds lined the streets. Local boy turned country music star Billy Ray Cyrus performed a special version of his hit, “Achy Breaky Heart.” And nearly 20,000 supporters attended a riverfront re-election rally, dozens collapsing from […]