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Opposition favorite to win Taiwan’s presidential election

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 19:03

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s China-friendly Nationalist Party is likely to lose power to the pro-independence opposition in Saturday’s presidential election, amid concerns that the island’s economy is under threat from China and broad opposition among voters to Beijing’s demands for political unification. The Democratic Progressive Party’s Tsai Ing-wen appears poised to become the self-governing […]

EU chief says Europe’s reputation hurt over refugee effort

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 19:03

BRUSSELS (AP) — The EU’s reputation is being damaged worldwide for the failure of member countries to manage the refugee crisis, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said Friday. Juncker called on nations to host more refugees arriving on Europe’s shores, after more than one million migrants entered in 2015. It is unacceptable “that certain member […]

10 Things to Know for Today

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 19:02

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. RIVALRY INTENSIFIES IN GOP DEBATE Rising tensions between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz left little space for any of the other candidates to make an impression in the penultimate debate before the Iowa caucuses. 2. WHAT AUTHORITIES […]

The Latest: Michigan attorney general to probe water crisis

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 18:52

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The latest on the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan (all times local): 5:45 a.m. Michigan’s attorney general says he plans to investigate Flint’s water crisis. The announcement early Friday from the office of Bill Schuette says he’ll seek to determine what, if any, Michigan laws were violated. He says work […]

Image of Asia: Cat in monastery in Myanmar

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 18:27

In this photo by Gemunu Amarasinghe, a cat climbs up to the donation box as a Buddhist devotee meditates at a monastery in Yangon, Myanmar. According to government statistics, about 89 percent of the Myanmar population practice Theravada Buddhism.

China says it is in talks with US over businessman who fled

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 18:16

BEIJING (AP) — China’s top anti-corruption agency says it is in talks with the United States over a highly connected businessman who fled China, possibly bearing politically sensitive information. The statement by an agency spokesman at a news conference on Friday is the first official acknowledgment of China’s interest in Ling Wancheng, whose brother was […]

China, the economy key issues in Taiwan’s election

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 18:10

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan’s relationship with China is a key topic in this week’s presidential election as President Ma Ying-jeou of the China-friendly Nationalist Party prepares to hand over power, possibly to the candidate of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party. A look at some of the major issues affecting the election: ___ CHINA: Beijing […]

Activists arrested in Egypt ahead of revolution anniversary

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 18:09

CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian authorities are rounding up activists two weeks before the fifth anniversary of the Jan. 25 uprising which led to the ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak. According to lawyer Mukhtar Munair, three activists including prominent physician Taher Mokhtar were detained after police raided their apartment in downtown Cairo on Thursday. Omar […]

BT deal to buy German-French mobile venture is cleared

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 17:51

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s Deutsche Telekom and France’s Orange S.A. say the sale of their mobile joint venture EE to British telecommunications company BT PLC is going ahead. The two companies said in a joint statement Friday that the British Competition and Markets Authority had granted its final approval to the deal valued at 12.5 […]

Only VW fails to cash in on rising European car sales

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

MILAN (AP) — The European carmakers’ association says the region registered 13.7 million car sales last year, a 9 percent bump, as the market finally surpassed 2010 levels. Volkswagen was alone among major players not to cash in on record December sales as consumers continued to shun the German carmaker over its emission cheating scandal. […]

SEC visa fraud case rocks Florida city’s downtown dream

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 17:42

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) — Port St. Lucie, a disparate series of residential developments and strip malls, had little to boast beyond its proximity to a nuclear plant and its fame as the spring training home of the New York Mets. Then Lily Zhong came to town, plunked down $500,000 for vacant land and […]

House, Senate Republicans map election-year game plan

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 17:36

BALTIMORE (AP) — Congressional Republicans are busy setting an agenda for the year ahead with the goal of protecting their own political fortunes no matter what happens in the presidential campaign. But like it or not, success depends in large part on who emerges as their party’s nominee, and that’s something that’s largely beyond their […]

South African ranger killed in case of ‘friendly fire’

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 17:23

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African officials say it’s a fatal case of “friendly fire” in the country’s biggest wildlife park. South Africa’s parks service says a wildlife ranger was accidentally killed by a colleague who opened fire after they were charged by a buffalo in Kruger National Park on Thursday. The parks service says the […]

New Ebola case emerges in Sierra Leone

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 17:19

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A corpse has tested positive for Ebola in Sierra Leone, an official said Friday, the day after the World Health Organization declared the outbreak over in West Africa. Tests on a 22-year-old woman who died earlier this month in Sierra Leone’s north proved positive for the virus, Francis Langoba Kellie, […]

Obama administration will announce halt on new coal leases

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 17:18

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will announce a moratorium Friday on any major new coal leases on federal lands until it completes a comprehensive review of whether the fees charged to mining companies provide a fair return to American taxpayers and reflect coal’s impact on the environment. An administration official says companies will continue […]

Jakarta attack a battle of bombs and perceptions

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 17:07

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — The attack in Jakarta on Thursday was as much a battle of images and perceptions as it was an exchange of gunfire and explosions. Indonesia’s counterterrorism effort has had significant success over several years in degrading the capabilities of domestic militants to launch deadly attacks, creating a sense that the battle […]

Rare January hurricane moving closer to the Azores

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 17:02

MIAMI (AP) — A rare January hurricane in the Atlantic is getting closer to the Azores early Friday. Hurricane Alex is the first hurricane to form in the month of January since 1938. The storm’s maximum sustained winds Friday morning have decreased to near 75 mph (120 kph). The U.S. National Hurricane Center says little […]

Biden sees politics of cancer world as obstacle to a cure

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 16:59

WASHINGTON (AP) — Four weeks after announcing he wouldn’t run for president, Joe Biden returned to the world-renowned cancer center in Texas where doctors had tried to save his son’s life. Officially, the vice president was in Houston to speak about infrastructure spending and raise money for Democrats. Left off of his public schedule was […]

AP FACT CHECK: Claims from the Republican debate

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 16:57

WASHINGTON (AP) — Did Ted Cruz mean to suggest he would have gone to war with Iran over its brief detention of U.S. sailors? Did Donald Trump forget that he proposed a massive tax on Chinese goods? And does Ben Carson really think Islamic State militants chill out with a cigar? In their rush to […]

Trump, Cruz assert their standing atop Republican field

Seattle Times Headlines - Fri, 01/15/2016 - 16:54

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz firmly asserted their standing atop the GOP race in Thursday night’s debate, overshadowing a crowded field of rivals still grappling for a way to overtake the fiery front-runners. The debate underscored that the competition between Trump and Cruz will be rough-and-tumble in […]