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Ethiopia told to do extensive doping tests or face IAAF ban

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 18:05

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopia must carry out extensive doping tests by November or face further action by the World Anti-Doping Agency and a possible ban by the IAAF, track and field officials in the country said Thursday. Ethiopia will now attempt to test between 150 and 200 athletes, and will start as soon […]

In Bahrain, Kerry treads carefully on human rights

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 17:58

MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is dealing delicately with human rights in Bahrain. Making the first visit to the Persian Gulf kingdom by a top American diplomat since its 2011 uprising, Kerry says the Sunni monarchy is a “critical security partner.” He is praising Bahrain’s king for pushing human rights, […]

Top ECB officials push back against stimulus criticism

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 17:52

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Top officials of the European Central Bank are pushing back against criticism of their stimulus efforts from some politicians in Germany. ECB executive council member Benoit Coeure said Thursday that “we have to act” to raise inflation toward the bank’s goal of just under 2 percent. Coeure reminded of the bank’s […]

Board of indebted Malaysia fund offers to resign after probe

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 17:49

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Heavily indebted Malaysian state investment fund 1MDB said Thursday its entire board of directors has offered to resign after a parliamentary inquiry found extensive mismanagement and called for a police probe of the fund’s former head. In a report submitted in Parliament on Thursday, the Public Accounts Committee said it […]

10 Things to Know for Today

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 17:38

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHO IS LIKELY TO REMAIN UNHURT BY PANAMA PAPERS REVELATIONS Graft-busting Chinese President Xi Jinping will likely emerge unscathed, despite the news that his brother-in-law and relatives of two other members of the Communist Party’s elite inner […]

Report: Saudi coalition used US bomb in Yemen market strike

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 17:32

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Saudi-led coalition battling Shiite rebels and their allies in Yemen used a U.S.-supplied bomb in an airstrike last month on a market that killed at least 119 people, a human rights group said Thursday, further highlighting American involvement in the conflict. The March 15 bombing targeting the northwestern […]

Searchers find 1 of 6 crewmen on missing Japan military jet

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 17:29

TOKYO (AP) — Searchers have found one of the six crew members from a Japanese military jet that disappeared a day earlier while flying over southern mountains. The Defense Ministry said rescue workers are still searching for the jet and the five other crew members Thursday. Only parts of equipment belonging to the jet and […]

South Sudan rebels take up designated positions in Juba

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 17:29

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — South Sudan’s rebels are taking positions in the country’s capital, Juba, to prepare for the scheduled return of their leader later this month after over two years of war. They have set up camp in two designated sites in Juba as part of process to secure the city for Riek […]

Iraqi forces enter center of IS-held western town

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 17:19

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraq’s elite counterterrorism forces say they have entered the center of a strategically important western Islamic State-held town. Government forces reached the center of Hit on Wednesday. The operation to retake the small Euphrates river town — initially launched last month — was stalled by politics, heavy IS resistance and tens of […]

Greece to migrants: move to camps voluntarily or be forced

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 17:19

PIRAEUS, Greece (AP) — Authorities in Greece say thousands migrants and refugees camped out at the country’s largest port near Athens have been given two weeks to move to army-built camps or be expelled by force. The warning issued Thursday came as nearly a third of the 52,000 migrants stranded in Greece by European border […]

Argentina regains FIFA rankings lead from Belgium

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

ZURICH (AP) — Argentina has regained the lead in FIFA’s world rankings with South America’s top teams surging after playing World Cup qualifying matches. Argentina ends No. 2 Belgium’s five-month reign, and Chile and Colombia rise to be Nos. 3 and 4. South American teams played two World Cup qualifiers in March which score higher […]

UN takes on ‘violent extremism’ seen as a cause of terrorism

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 17:11

GENEVA (AP) — Government envoys, civil society advocates, social media gurus and U.N. officials have opened a two-day conference billed as the first of its kind to tackle violent extremism, part of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s efforts to address the root causes of terrorism. Jehangir Khan, director of a U.N. counterterrorism task force, said violent extremism […]

Russia, Iran join talks over Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 16:41

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — The foreign ministers of Russia and Iran joined efforts on Thursday to prevent a new war between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces over Nagorno-Karabakh, while the sides in the conflict accused each other of violating a two-day-old cease-fire. The Russian and Iranian foreign ministers were meeting with their Azerbaijani counterpart in Baku, […]

Aung San Suu Kyi has busy week meeting world’s diplomats

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 16:38

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar’s high-profile new foreign minister, Aung San Suu Kyi, has met her Canadian counterpart as dignitaries stream into the country to meet the Nobel laureate. At a joint news conference Thursday, Canadian Foreign Minister Stephane Dion congratulated Myanmar on installing its first civilian government in decades and on its transition from […]

Working man’s poet, Merle Haggard lived his life in song

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 16:24

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Merle Haggard didn’t just write great country songs, he lived them. His real life experiences of poverty as the son of Oklahoma migrants, an early stint in prison and a life lived on the road gave his songs true grit when others would just have to imagine those scenarios for inspiration. […]

Nicklaus talks the 6 toughest shots at Augusta National

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 16:18

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Augusta National has a mystique as the only major championship played on the same golf course every year. That doesn’t mean there are any mysteries to playing well. Just ask six-time Masters champion Jack Nicklaus. “It’s not going to blow you apart,” Nicklaus said. “Sure, you can hit a bad shot […]

4 Australians detained in Lebanon on kidnapping suspicion

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 16:11

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanese authorities have detained four Australians, including journalists, on suspicion they were involved in the abductions of two children in Beirut, police officials and Australian media said Thursday. The officials added that a British citizen has been detained as well on suspicion that he planned to smuggle the children out of Lebanon […]

German paper says it won’t publish all offshore files

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 15:55

BERLIN (AP) — The German newspaper that first obtained the so-called Panama Papers, a vast trove of documents on offshore accounts, says it won’t publish all the files. Sueddeutsche Zeitung said Thursday that the complete set of 11.5 million documents “won’t be made available to the public or to law enforcement agencies.” It says authorities […]

Cruz outmaneuvering Trump in hand-to-hand GOP delegate fight

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 15:46

DENVER (AP) — While the focus of the Republican presidential campaign shifts eastward to the New York primary, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is pivoting west, where he is quietly trying to chip away at Donald Trump’s lead in the race for convention delegates. Cruz won six pledged delegates during a pair of obscure, congressional-level Colorado […]

Sanders questions if Clinton is ‘qualified’ to be president

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 15:44

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bernie Sanders is questioning whether Democratic rival Hillary Clinton is “qualified” to be president after she spent much of the day after the Wisconsin primary criticizing his record and his preparedness for the job. “She has been saying lately that she thinks that I am quote unquote not qualified to be president,” […]