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New protests across France over labor law reforms

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 21:39

PARIS (AP) — Protesters across France are marching to voice their anger at labor reforms being championed by the country’s Socialist government. Officials hope the reforms will inject a bit more flexibility into the country’s stagnant labor market but many workers fear the changes will do little more than weaken the nation’s generous social protections. […]

Oman says US man detained in rebel-held Yemeni capital freed

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 21:15

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A U.S. man held captive in Yemen’s rebel-controlled capital has been released after Omani negotiators interceded on his behalf, authorities said, becoming the latest American freed through the sultanate’s quiet diplomacy. In a statement posted online late Friday, Oman’s Foreign Ministry said it helped coordinate “the release of an […]

Russia defends selling arms to both Azerbaijan and Armenia

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 21:06

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia’s prime minister has defended Moscow’s policy of selling arms to both Armenia and Azerbaijan, whose military forces have faced off in a sharp escalation of fighting around Nagorno-Karabakh. Speaking in an interview broadcast Saturday, Dmitry Medvedev said if Russia stopped selling arms, other suppliers would soon step in and this could […]

Property-tax break for needy seniors granted to some pretty pricey homes

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 21:00

Many lower-income homeowners 61 and older haven’t tried to take advantage of a King County program for property-tax relief. But some better-off homeowners have.

Rant & Rave: Wonderful, delightful theater staff

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 21:00

Readers rave about Benaroya Hall staff, rant about parking in loading zone

Angry ex-party worker hurls shoe at New Delhi’s top official

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 20:51

NEW DELHI (AP) — First it was eggs and ink, and now a shoe. New Delhi’s chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, had to duck out of the way Saturday when a shoe was flung at him as he spoke at a news conference in the Indian capital. Kejriwal, New Delhi’s top elected official for just over […]

Ted Cruz adds 21 delegates with Colorado sweep

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 20:51

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Sen. Ted Cruz has locked up the support of 21 total Colorado delegates to the Republican National Convention, representing a majority of the delegates the state will send to Cleveland in July. Slates loyal to Cruz won every assembly in Colorado’s seven congressional districts, which began April 2 and culminated […]

Pope to visit Armenia, Georgia and Azerbaijan on 2 trips

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 20:29

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will make two trips this year to the often-volatile Caucasus region. The Vatican said Saturday the pontiff will visit Armenia on June 24-26. He will travel to Georgia and Azerbaijan from Sept. 30-Oct. 2. Azerbaijan and Armenia have blamed each other for cease-fire violations in separatist Nagorno-Karabakh. The recent […]

In latest claim, N. Korea says it tests new rocket engine

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 20:25

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s latest belligerent declaration — that it successfully tested a new long-range rocket engine that could allow nuclear strikes on the U.S. mainland — leaves outsiders in a familiar predicament. With only a few details and no independent confirmation of what happened, there’s the usual skepticism. But if even […]

Rescue workers retrieve 23 bodies buried under a landslide

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 19:57

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (AP) — A national disaster management official says rescue workers have retrieved 23 bodies buried under a landslide in northern Pakistan. Latif ur Rehman says the bodies, buried for the last six days, were retrieved Saturday and handed over to their families. He says there could be another seven or eight bodies still […]

UK foreign minister urges China to cut steel capacity

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 19:36

BEIJING (AP) — British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond has called on China to accelerate its push to cut steel production as the failing steel industry continues to hobble both economies. Hammond said in Beijing on Saturday that the British government was seeking a “long-term, sustainable future” for the Port Talbot steelmaking plant in Wales, which […]

Official: 6th person arrested in Belgium over attacks

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 19:33

PARIS (AP) — Belgian authorities have detained a total of six people suspected of ties to the Brussels bombings, including the last known fugitive of last year’s Paris attacks and a Swedish fighter linked to the French massacre, Belgium’s prosecutor’s office said Saturday. The arrests could give investigators new insights into the Islamic State group […]

UK prime minister says he bungled admission of offshore fund

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 18:50

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister David Cameron says he bungled his admission of his investment in an offshore fund revealed in the mammoth data breach of a Panama law firm. Cameron drew laughs and applause from a sympathetic Conservative Party audience as he opened Saturday’s speech with a mea culpa: “I could have handled […]

Most of 300 cement workers abducted by IS in Syria freed

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 18:46

BEIRUT (AP) — A Syrian opposition monitoring group and a news agency linked to the Islamic State group say scores of cement works abducted near Damascus this week have been released. Saturday’s reports came two days after IS abducted 300 cement workers and contractors from their workplace in the areas of Dumeir just northeast of […]

Anglican leader says DNA tests have revealed his real father

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 18:23

LONDON (AP) — The archbishop of Canterbury says DNA tests have identified his real father, but the revelation hasn’t shaken his sense of identity. Earlier this month, DNA analysis of Archbishop Justin Welby’s mouth swabs determined that his father was not whisky salesman Gavin Welby but civil servant Sir Anthony Montague Browne. Browne and Welby’s […]

Polish workers in UK worry about possibility of Brexit

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 17:58

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people whose personal fates hinge on whether Britain leaves the European Union or stays don’t even have a say in the matter: Polish immigrants, a community so numerous that Polish has become Britain’s second most-spoken language. When Poland and many other countries once behind the Iron Curtain […]

After Iraq, Kerry confronts similar problems in Afghanistan

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 17:28

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Afghanistan Saturday hoping to promote cooperation from a would-be “unity” government he helped create less than two years ago, but which has proved largely incapable of governing. Following his trip to Iraq, it is the top American diplomat’s second unannounced trip in as […]

Obama says Democrats are good for American government

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 17:15

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — President Barack Obama praised Democratic lawmakers for having his back through some politically tough votes and encouraged supporters to help elect more of them in November. “A Democratic Congress is good for America,” he said Friday. Obama also criticized Senate Republicans for refusing to consider his Supreme Court nominee and said […]

Sotomayor: US high court needs more diversity, in many ways

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 17:00

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said the nation’s highest court needs more diversity of personal backgrounds and professional experience, speaking as a vacancy has refocused attention on the court’s makeup. During a talk Friday at Brooklyn Law School, Sotomayor didn’t mention the nomination of Judge Merrick Garland, who is highly […]

LeBron James shows off his pizza game in California visit

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 04/09/2016 - 16:03

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The employee working at a pizza place in this Los Angeles suburb called himself Ron. Sure, he was significantly taller than his colleagues, but there he was, working alongside them carrying pizza boxes and taking orders on March 11 at the Blaze Pizza store. But Ron is no ordinary employee. He […]