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Pro-independence party candidate Tsai Ing-wen has commanding lead in Taiwan presidential vote

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 19:06

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Pro-independence party candidate Tsai Ing-wen has commanding lead in Taiwan presidential vote.

Obama proposes new unemployment insurance plan

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 19:02

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Saturday proposed a set of changes to the U.S. unemployment insurance system that he says would offer more security to out-of-work Americans and encourage experienced workers to rejoin the workforce, even if it means taking a pay cut. “We shouldn’t just be talking about unemployment; we should be […]

Pakistan PM heads to Saudi, Iran in bid to mend rift

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 18:23

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will visit Riyadh and Tehran in a bid to mend ties between the archrivals after the Saudi execution of a prominent Shiite cleric led to mob attacks on the kingdom’s diplomatic posts in Iran. Federal Information Minister Pervaiz Rashid said Saturday that Sharif would depart Monday for […]

Indonesian police arrest 12 after Jakarta attack

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 18:12

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian police said Saturday they have arrested 12 people suspected of links to the Jakarta bombings. The audacious attacks by suicide bombers and gunmen on Thursday that targeted a Starbucks and traffic police post in bustling central Jakarta killed seven people, including two civilians. More than 20 people were injured. It […]

Japan, US, S. Korea to work for strong warning to N. Korea

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 18:07

TOKYO (AP) — Senior diplomats from the U.S., Japan and South Korea concurred Saturday on the need for a strong response in the U.N. Security Council to North Korea’s recent nuclear test. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Antony Blinken and his Japanese and South Korean counterparts said Saturday that a failure to send a clear […]

German finance chief floats gasoline tax in migrant crisis

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 17:50

BERLIN (AP) — Germany’s finance minister is floating the idea of a European tax on gasoline to help finance the continent’s efforts to manage the migrant crisis. The European Union has struggled to find common ground amid the influx of people seeking safety and a better life. Germany and Sweden have allowed in large numbers […]

The Latest: Iran, EU officials meet ahead of nuke report

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 17:48

VIENNA (AP) — The latest developments as Iran and world powers prepare to implement a landmark deal reached last year to curb Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions (all times local). 11:20 a.m. The EU’s top diplomat has met with Iran’s foreign minister for talks on implementing the nuclear deal […]

Iranian, US foreign minister focus on clinching nuclear deal

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 17:47

VIENNA (AP) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and U.S .Secretary of State John Kerry are focusing on a landmark nuclear deal with Tehran as the U.N. nuclear agency prepares to release a report on whether Iran has met commitments under the accord. Zarif and Kerry are to meet Saturday in Vienna, headquarters of […]

Malaysian police say detained man planned attack for IS

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 16:47

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysian police have detained a suspected Islamic State militant who was planning a suicide attack in the country, the police chief said Saturday. National police chief Khalid Abu Bakar said the 28-year-old Malaysian was detained Friday at a monorail station in Kuala Lumpur. Khalid said the man confessed he planned […]

Polls close in Taiwan election expected to produce president from pro-independence opposition

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 16:24

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Polls close in Taiwan election expected to produce president from pro-independence opposition.

China-led Asian infrastructure bank opens for business

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 16:17

BEIJING (AP) — China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank officially opened for business on Saturday in Beijing after a formal ceremony led by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Representatives from 57 member countries attended the opening ceremony, where China announced it would pledge $50 million to a special fund to prepare less developed countries for infrastructure projects. […]

Tennessee Powerball winners: No big changes to lives

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 16:01

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The small-town Tennessee couple that bought one of three magic tickets splitting the world-record $1.6 billion Powerball jackpot says they don’t plan to quit their jobs or buy a new house. Their daughter, however, wants a horse. After appearing on national television, John Robinson and wife Lisa went to the Tennessee […]

Hillary Clinton campaign deploys husband Bill very carefully

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

KEENE, New Hampshire (AP) — Bill Clinton promised voters in 1992 that they’d be getting “two for the price of one” if they elected him to the White House — a presidential duo of the young Arkansas governor and his Yale Law-educated wife. Nearly a quarter century later, the duo is back — but not […]

Friday’s prep wrestling results

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 15:07

Mountlake Terrace scored six pins in a 48-21 win over Shorewood.

After H-bomb test, N. Korea wants to focus on economy

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 15:07

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — After ringing in the new year with claims of its first successful hydrogen bomb test, North Korea is now calling on the United States and the world community to accept it as a nuclear power, jettison the pursuit of punitive sanctions and allow it to focus on what it really […]

Federer adds “star” to Djokovic’s name ahead of Aussie Open

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 15:05

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Roger Federer says the so-called Big Four in men’s tennis — he, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal — still exists, with one possible notation and an addition. “Novak deserves like a little star next to his name right now because he’s been doing extremely well,” Federer said Saturday. The […]

Talia Walton scores 22, reaches 1,500-point mark in Washington women’s win over No. 17 UCLA

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 15:05

Walton’s performance Friday night — 22 points and six rebounds in 39 minutes — went a long way toward helping legitimize the Huskies’ hopes of reaching the NCAA tournament for a second consecutive season. The win was the first for UW (13-4, 4-2 Pac-12) against a ranked opponent this season.

Serena Williams not worried about injury, or what lies ahead

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 14:59

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Injury? What injury? The draw? Don’t mention the draw. Six-time Australian Open champion Serena Williams worked her way through the pre-Grand Slam rituals on Saturday, practicing on the center court at Melbourne Park, and fielding questions about the inflammation in her left knee that restricted her preparations, and about a tough […]

Mobster who posed as Idaho rancher set for trial

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 14:52

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A Boston mobster who posed as an Idaho rancher for more than a decade goes to court in Boise next month. Enrico Ponzo, 47, is representing himself and plans to argue that he suffered from a mental defect, reported the Idaho Statesman (http://bit.ly/1J6Pzoc ). His court filing did not give details […]

Governor rejects parole for man guilty of shooting officer

Seattle Times Headlines - Sat, 01/16/2016 - 14:40

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown has rejected parole for a man convicted of gunning down a San Diego police officer during a 1978 traffic stop when he was a 17-year-old gang member. Brown’s decision late Friday rejected the recommendation in August of a state parole board, which called for the release of […]