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World’s biggest LNG supplier Qatar merges 2 gas producers

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 04:03:06 -0800

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Qatar is merging its two government-controlled liquefied natural gas companies, streamlining distribution of the fuel as the OPEC nation grapples with a slump in energy prices. The Gulf country is the world’s largest producer of LNG, which is natural gas chilled to liquid form for shipment on tanker ships. […]



Spain plans $528M in environmental taxes to meet EU goals

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 03:48:06 -0800

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MADRID (AP) — Spain wants to raise 500 million euros ($528 million) from new environmental taxes as part of a package of fiscal measures to meet the European Union’s budget deficit goals. The new environmental taxes are part of the revised budgetary plan Spain has submitted to the European Commission. The plan says the new […]



Iran says it’s finalized $16.6B Boeing deal to buy 80 planes

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 02:53:10 -0800

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Sunday it has finalized a $16.8 billion deal with Boeing to purchase 80 passenger planes, a deal made possible by last year’s landmark nuclear agreement. The state-run IRNA news agency said 50 Boeing 737s and 30 Boeing 777s would be delivered over the next decade, in the biggest agreement […]



Brexit uncertainties threaten brain drain for UK science

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 02:47:09 -0800

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LONDON (AP) — Like many foreign scientists in Britain, Joanna Bagniewska was devastated when Britons voted to leave the European Union. The biology lecturer, a Polish migrant who found Britain a welcoming place to build her academic career over a decade, is suddenly seeing her job security and research prospects up in the air. “I’m […]



Syrian activists say IS fighting back in Palmyra

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 02:09:08 -0800

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BEIRUT (AP) — Russia said Sunday its air force has helped Syrian troops repulse an Islamic State attack on Palmyra, but opposition activists say the extremists have seized areas on the outskirts of the town, including a historic castle that overlooks ancient ruins. The Russian Defense Ministry said it carried out 64 airstrikes overnight that […]



2 suicide bombers die in blasts near market in Nigerian city

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 01:50:03 -0800

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MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Two suicide bombers died when they exploded Sunday in a crowded area near a market in Nigeria’s northeastern city of Maiduguri, injuring 17 people, rescue officials said. Survivor Abubakar Musa said he also saw among the victims the bodies of soldiers, who were guarding a nearby electric power installation. A male […]



Italian foreign minister looks poised to get premier’s job

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 01:41:08 -0800

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ROME (AP) — Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni has been summoned to the presidential palace in Rome to see the president, who could ask him to be premier and try to form a government. The palace’s one-line statement Sunday morning did not elaborate about President Sergio Mattarella’s request to Gentiloni. But Mattarella, in wrapping up […]



Bombing at Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral kills 25

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 01:21:13 -0800

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CAIRO (AP) — A bombing at a chapel adjacent to Egypt’s main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 49 during Sunday mass, in one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the religious minority in recent memory. The attack came two days after a bomb elsewhere in Cairo killed six policemen, an […]



South Korea indicts ex-presidential aide in scandal probe

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 01:02:03 -0800

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean prosecutors said Sunday that they have indicted a former senior aide to impeached President Park Geun-hye in their investigation into the massive political scandal that led to Park’s downfall, local media reported. Prosecutors in Seoul indicted Cho Won-dong, a former senior presidential secretary for economic affairs, for allegedly […]



Hospital director: 160 dead in collapsed Nigerian church

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:51:04 -0800

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WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — A hospital director says 160 people were killed when a church roof collapsed onto worshippers in southern Nigeria. Etete Peters of the University of Uyo Teaching Hospital said mortuaries are overflowing and the final death toll likely will be much higher. Youth leader Edikan Peters said many other victims are in […]



Schumer: Check transit employees against terror watch lists

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:22:03 -0800

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NEW YORK (AP) — Federal homeland security officials should move faster to require rail and transit agencies across the nation to screen their employees using federal terrorism watch lists, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said. The New York Democrat told The Associated Press on Saturday that the Department of Homeland Security should immediately step in to […]



Republicans sweep Louisiana runoffs, ending 2016 elections

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:14:16 -0800

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The 2016 campaign season has finally ended, with Louisiana’s runoff election cementing Republican control of the U.S. Senate. The GOP also is holding onto the two U.S. House seats that were undecided going into the state’s runoff election. Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy’s victory Saturday gives the GOP a 52-48 […]



Early audience reactions from ‘Rogue One’ premiere

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:09:05 -0800

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — The force is strong with “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” according to early reactions from the film’s premiere Saturday night in Los Angeles. Official reviews are under embargo until Tuesday morning in advance of the Dec. 16 release, but the crowd at the Pantages Theater went wild with applause as […]



Jury could deliberate fate of Saints star’s killer on Sunday

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:08:14 -0800

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A jury could begin deliberating Sunday in the fatal shooting of New Orleans Saints star Will Smith. Closing arguments are expected in the trial of 29-year-old Cardell Hayes, who would face a mandatory life sentence if convicted of second-degree murder. Hayes fatally shot the former NFL player in April following a […]



What to explore in First Hill this week

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0800

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Holiday events at Hotel Sorrento, exhibitions at the Frye Museum and concerts and talks at Town Hall.



Turkey hunts for answers, buries dead after blasts kill 38

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 23:44:22 -0800

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ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey declared a national day of mourning and began to bury its dead Sunday after twin blasts in Istanbul killed 38 people and wounded 155 others near a soccer stadium. It was the latest large-scale assault to traumatize a nation confronting an array of security threats. The bombs Saturday night targeted police […]



Kyrgyzstan votes on constitutional changes amid instability

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 23:13:13 -0800

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BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan (AP) — Voters in Kyrgyzstan are casting ballots in a constitutional referendum that includes amendments that boost the power of prime minister — something opposition groups have criticized in the ex-Soviet Central Asian nation. Sunday’s vote was initiated by President Almazbek Atambayev. His critics have claimed the move could allow him to shift […]



Sounders notebook: Emotional Schmetzer drinks in MLS Cup

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 23:03:26 -0800

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The Sounders coach has played a big part in the history of Seattle soccer. Now he's a central figure in the first major championship.



Car blast kills 16 at police station in Somalia’s capital

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:46:03 -0800

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MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — A suicide car bomber killed at least 16 people and injured nine others at a police station in the Somalia capital, a Somali police official said Sunday. The attack early Sunday targeted a police station adjacent to Mogadishu seaport, said Capt. Mohamed Hussein. At the blast scene, medical workers carried bodies […]



China conducts flyover of waterways near Japan, Taiwan

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 22:40:02 -0800

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BEIJING (AP) — China patrolled the waters of a series of hotly contested islands Sunday, a day after staging a flyover of two strategically important waterways near Taiwan and Japan. Chinese government statements said both weekend exercises were routine. The exercises come shortly after Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen spoke to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, in […]