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2 Indonesian air force skydivers plunge to their deaths

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 19:03

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Two Indonesian military skydivers plunged to their deaths Thursday during an airshow rehearsal in the country’s capital. Indonesian air force spokesman Air Marshal Dwi Badarmanto said one of the victims fell from about 12,500 feet (3,800 meters) over a residential area close to an air force base after his parachute failed […]

Smokies to use lottery for synchronous firefly parking

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 19:03

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (AP) — Great Smoky Mountains National Park visitors hoping to see the synchronous fireflies this summer will need to enter a lottery for the limited parking spots. During the eight-day peak viewing period, access to the Elkmont area is limited to visitors who park at the Sugarlands Visitors Center and take a shuttle […]

Taiwan prosecutors charge 5 builders in earthquake deaths

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 18:59

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Prosecutors in Taiwan are charging five builders with negligence after an apartment building collapsed during a February earthquake, killing 115 people. The Tainan district prosecutor’s office said Thursday the building’s developer, Lin Ming-hui, along with three employees of his Weiguan construction company and an outside consultant have been charged with professional […]

Bangladesh man found in Pakistan jail dies 4 years later

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 18:48

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — A man who returned to Bangladesh four years ago from a Pakistani prison where he spent 15 years on suspicion of being an Indian spy has died. He was 56. His brother said Moslemuddin Sarkar died Thursday after suffering from diabetes and kidney failure, and in recent days had trouble breathing. […]

Storms injure several in Georgia, cause damage in Alabama

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 18:44

ATLANTA (AP) — Severe weather rolled through Alabama and Georgia overnight with a suspected tornado injuring several people in southwest Georgia, authorities said early Thursday. Two people were seriously injured when a trailer home was destroyed in Dickey, in Calhoun County, National Weather Service meteorologist Jeff Fournier said. They had to be taken to a […]

13 SC Boeing workers charged with state income tax evasion

Seattle Times Headlines - Thu, 04/07/2016 - 18:09

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — Officials with the South Carolina Department of Revenue expect more arrests after 13 Boeing workers were charged with evading state income taxes. Local media outlets report that the workers have been charged with failing to pay state income taxes totaling more than $100,000. A Boeing spokeswoman says the company is cooperating […]

Aid groups warn of hunger and drugs shortage in S.Sudan

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

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Aid groups have warned that South Sudan is running out of medicine and facing its largest hunger crisis. Doctors Without Borders International President Dr. Joanne Liu said Thursday the country is suffering from a “nationwide lack of essential medicine.” Liu said the drug shortage puts thousands of lives in jeopardy […]

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, […]