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Israel to open Abu Dhabi office for renewable energy

JERUSALEM — Israel “soon” will open an office focused on renewable energy in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates — even though the two nations have no diplomatic relations, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said Friday.

Date: 11/28/2015 | Business Wire

Swiss court convicts ex-HSBC employee for leaking bank data

GENEVA — A Swiss court has convicted in absentia a former employee with international bank HSBC for economic espionage and sentenced him to five years in prison.

Date: 11/28/2015 | Business Wire

Russia sends air-defense missiles to Syria

Russia ordered the deployment of sophisticated ground-to-air missiles in Syria on Wednesday, a day after a Turkish fighter jet shot down a Russian SU-24 warplane that Ankara said had repeatedly violated Turkish airspace near the Syrian border.The Kremlin also said it was...

Date: 11/25/2015 | Nation & World

2nd Paris attack was planned, official says

PARIS — The man believed to have planned the Nov. 13 Paris attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds more had likely planned to carry out another suicide bombing days later in the French capital's business district, the Paris prosecutor said Tuesday.

Date: 11/25/2015 | Nation & World

Japan launches first rocket with commercial payload

TOKYO — The first Japanese rocket with a commercial payload headed into space Tuesday in a bid by Japan to enter the market for international satellite launches.

Date: 11/25/2015 | Business Wire

Hope for Syrian truce talks

Diplomatic negotiations on Syria got lost in the aftermath of the Paris attacks a week ago. But the talks have made surprising progress — and they may prove a crucial part of any successful strategy for combating terrorists from the Islamic State.Secretary of State...

Date: 11/23/2015 | Opinion Columnists

From Pearl Harbor to Paris, we’ve seen these tragedies before

On that terrible Friday the 13th, when ISIS attackers murdered at least 129 people in Paris, I tried not to watch. Instead of going home to a night of cable news, I went to Seattle to hear a musician friend play a live...

Date: 11/22/2015 | Julie Muhlstein

Vladimir Putin’s massive, triple-decker war room revealed

MOSCOW — "Gentlemen. You can't fight in here. This is the war room!"It could have been a scene straight out of "Dr. Strangelove" when President Vladimir Putin stepped into the Russian Ministry of Defense's brand new, three-tiered,...

Date: 11/22/2015 | Nation & World

Paris attacks rooted in Brussels: Why Belgium?

BRUSSELS — The family homes of the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks and one of the suicide bombers stand only a few blocks apart in the Belgian capital’s Molenbeek neighborhood. After a string of attacks in recent years linked to its grimy streets in central Brussels, a key question...

Date: 11/22/2015 | Nation & World

Shared pain, shared path

Viewpoints: Similarities of France, U.S. can strengthen both

Date: 11/22/2015 | Commentary

Angela Merkel: 10 years at the helm of Germany

BERLIN — Angela Merkel marks her 10th anniversary at the helm of Germany on Sunday, becoming only the third post-World War II chancellor to hit that milestone. Over Merkel's decade in charge, she has presided over Germany's strong re-emergence on the world scene — showing...

Date: 11/21/2015 | Nation & World

Iran war game simulates capture of Jerusalem

TEHRAN, Iran — Paramilitary forces from Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard have held a war game simulating the capture of Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque from Israeli control, state media reported Saturday.

Date: 11/21/2015 | Nation & World

Russian warplanes attack ISIS oil plants

MOSCOW — The Russian military has destroyed numerous oil facilities and tankers controlled by the Islamic State group in Syria, sharply cutting its income, Russia's defense minister said Friday.Minister Sergei Shoigu reported to President Vladimir Putin on Friday that...

Date: 11/21/2015 | Nation & World

American, 19 others die in attack by terrorists in Mali

BAMAKO, Mali — Heavily armed Islamic extremists seized dozens of hostages Friday at a Radisson hotel, but Malian troops, backed by U.S. and French special forces, swarmed in to retake the building and free many of the terrified captives. At least 20 people, including one American,...

Date: 11/21/2015 | Nation & World

Rally in Olympia offers opposing views on Syrian refugees

OLYMPIA — Hundreds of protesters and counter-protesters on opposite sides of the Syrian refugee resettlement issue gathered in front of the Washington state Capitol Friday.

Date: 11/20/2015 | Northwest

Radisson hotel in Mali attacked; 170 hostages taken

Army: About 20 hostages freed from Mali hotel

Date: 11/20/2015 | Nation & World

Alleged Paris attack mastermind died in police raid

PARIS — French authorities confirmed Thursday that the Islamic State militant suspected of masterminding the deadly Paris attacks was killed in a police raid the previous day.The body of Abdelhamid Abaaoud was found riddled with bullet and shrapnel wounds in the...

Date: 11/20/2015 | Nation & World

More Mexicans leave the U.S. than enter

SAN DIEGO — More Mexicans are leaving than moving into the United States, reversing the flow of a half-century of mass migration, according to a study published Thursday.The Pew Research Center found that slightly more than 1 million Mexicans and their families,...

Date: 11/19/2015 | Nation & World

Canada’s Justin Trudeau a fresh face on world stage

MANILA, Philippines — He's younger than the next youngest leader by six years and nearly a full generation behind the 60-year-old average age of his Pacific Rim peers.Newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, 43, installed on a liberal agenda at odds with...

Date: 11/19/2015 | Nation & World

France raid foils new attack; 8 are held

PARIS — As law enforcement officials fanned out across France and Belgium in search of suspects in the deadly bombings and shootings last week, they raced against a chilling possibility: The Islamist militants behind Europe’s worst terrorist attack in more than a decade...

Date: 11/19/2015 | Nation & World

Oregon governor says state will accept refugees

SALEM, Ore. — Gov. Kate Brown says Oregon will welcome Syrian refugees.Brown was silent on the topic Monday as governors throughout the U.S. expressed their views on the topic after the terrorist attacks in Paris. On Tuesday, Brown announced on Twitter that Oregon will accept refugees.

Date: 11/17/2015 | Northwest

Homemade bomb downed Russian airliner; Putin vows revenge

MOSCOW — A homemade explosive device brought down a Russian passenger plane over Egypt last month, the head of Russia’s FSB security service said Tuesday, telling President Vladimir Putin it’s now clear the crash that killed 224 people was a "terrorist" act...

Date: 11/17/2015 | Nation & World

We now live in a world of soft targets

Many French people referred to the January attacks on the offices of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo and other sites as their 9/11. As awful as that time was, it was not a 9/11. Seventeen people died that day. The Sept. 11, 2001, assaults on New York and Washington left nearly...

Date: 11/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

The West and Muslims must join forces to fight ISIS

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Do Western nations think that Muslim lives matter less? Most of us would resist any such characterization of callousness. But Western outrage about the carnage in Paris, coupled with near-indifference to similar killings in the Arab world,...

Date: 11/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Do Obama’s critics seek U.S. boots in Syria?

As Paris mourns its dead, critics of President Obama's caution in the fight against the Islamic State are full of sound and fury. But those who throw around such words as "weak" and "feckless" should tell us if they support the logical alternative: sending in...

Date: 11/17/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Gov. Inslee says Washington will welcome Syrian refugees

OLYMPIA — Washington state will welcome Syrian refugees if the federal government ultimately decides the state will receive any of the 10,000 people that President Barack Obama’s administration has pledged to resettle over the next year, Gov. Jay Inslee said Monday.

Date: 11/16/2015 | Northwest

Chinese troops to visit Joint Base Lewis-McChord for drills

TACOMA — The month after a U.S. Navy warship sailed by an artificial Chinese island in the contested waters of the South China Sea, the Department of Defense is reaching out with a friendlier gesture.

Date: 11/16/2015 | Northwest

G-20 leaders skirt issue of Russian bombing in Syria

ANTALYA, Turkey — At the first summit with President Vladimir Putin since he ordered Russian forces into Syria, Group of 20 world leaders Sunday said little about Russia’s controversial war tactics, which include bombing hospitals, using cluster bombs against civilians and a scorched-earth policy...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Nation & World

Turkey ends missile deal talks with China

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s state-run news agency says Turkey has ended negotiations with China on building a missile defense system.

Date: 11/15/2015 | Nation & World

UAE takes 5 Yemeni prisoners freed by U.S. from Guantanamo

MIAMI — Five men who have been held for more than 13 years at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been released and sent to the United Arab Emirates, the Pentagon said Sunday.

Date: 11/15/2015 | Nation & World

ISIS waged ‘act of war,’ French president says

PARIS — French authorities Saturday said the horrific rampage of bullets and explosions that left 129 dead in Paris on Friday was carried out by suicide bombers connected to the Islamic State who broke into three groups with a single objective: to kill as many people as...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Nation & World

Release set for convicted Navy spy Jonathan Pollard

WASHINGTON — Jonathan Pollard, the Navy intelligence analyst whose 1985 arrest for selling secrets to Israel set off a sensational spy saga, is scheduled to be released from federal prison next week, marking the end of a three-decade diplomatic burr in the relationship between the...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Nation & World

Inca boy’s DNA shows how humans spread to South America

It sounds like something straight out of a "Hunger Games" novel: The rulers of a sprawling empire select beautiful children from throughout their vast territories and kill them in a ritualistic event to reinforce their power.During the Inca civilization, which...

Date: 11/15/2015 | Nation & World

Foo Fighters, Natalie Portman cancel events in Paris

NEW YORK — The Foo Fighters, Natalie Portman, U2 and other entertainers have canceled events in Paris following deadly terrorist attacks in the city.

Date: 11/15/2015 | Entertainment

Ice sculptures suffer from balmy weather

BRUGES, Belgium — Ice sculptures really aren’t really cut out for this kind of balmy November weather.

Date: 11/15/2015 | Nation & World

China tries to build legitimacy with lighthouses

HONG KONG — Lighthouses have for centuries guided the world’s seafarers, preventing ships from striking rocks and reefs and helping fishermen find their way home. In the disputed South China Sea, they may be taking on a darker role.

Date: 11/15/2015 | Nation & World

Dem candidates clash on domestic, foreign policy

DES MOINES - A Democratic presidential debate here Saturday that began with a sobering discussion of the escalating terrorist threats from Islamic State militants quickly turned to a sharp ideological clash on domestic issues that included regulating the banking industry and gun...

Date: 11/14/2015 | Nation & World

More Central Americans flee violence to enter U.S.

HOUSTON — The number of families illegally crossing the southern U.S. border has more than doubled over the same period last fall, prompting concern about a new surge of migrants from Central America.

Date: 11/14/2015 | Nation & World

ISIS leader in Libya likely killed in U.S. airstrike

WASHINGTON — An American airstrike has targeted and likely killed a top Islamic State leader in Libya, in a strike that happened just as the Paris terrorist attacks were underway, the Pentagon said Saturday.

Date: 11/14/2015 | Nation & World

Eiffel Tower goes dark as France mourns 129 dead

PARIS — The Eiffel Tower stood dark in a symbol of mourning Saturday night as France struggled to absorb the deadliest violence on its soil since World War II: coordinated gun-and-suicide bombing attacks across Paris that left 129 people dead and 352 injured.

Date: 11/14/2015 | Nation & World

Scenes of horror as Paris night becomes bloodbath

PARIS — The assailants' weapons were those of war: automatic rifles and suicide belts of explosives. The killing was indiscriminate, spread across a swath of the city, in at least six different sites. An ordinary Friday night in Paris transformed into a bloodbath. The word...

Date: 11/14/2015 | Nation & World

Moscow bans Egyptian carrier from flying to Russia

MOSCOW — Russia’s state aviation agency Friday banned Egypt’s national carrier from flying to Russia, a move that follows the suspension of all Russian flights to Egypt after a deadly crash.

Date: 11/14/2015 | Business Wire

Lufthansa cancels 941 flights due to strike

BERLIN — Germany’s largest airline, Lufthansa, said it’s had to cancel another 941 flights affecting 110,000 passengers on the final day of a weeklong strike by flight attendants.

Date: 11/14/2015 | Business Wire

A look at the attacks across Paris

PARIS — A stadium, a concert hall, a succession of cafes and bars around Paris. Attacks on several sites around the French capital left more than 100 people dead Friday night. Here's a look at some of the targets:

Date: 11/13/2015 | Nation & World

Past extremist attacks in Western Europe

A look at some past notable extremist attacks in Western Europe:

Date: 11/13/2015 | Nation & World

At least 120 die in Paris attacks; borders are closed

PARIS — A series of attacks targeting young concert-goers, soccer fans and Parisians enjoying a Friday night out at popular nightspots killed at least 120 people in the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II. President Francois Hollande condemned it as terrorism...

Date: 11/13/2015 | Nation & World

Beheading of 9-year-old Afghan girl prompts huge protests

Demonstrations have broken out in cities across Afghanistan this week in the wake of the massacre of seven people from the Hazara ethnic minority. The decapitated bodies of four men, two women and a child were found Saturday in a rural town in the southern province of Zabul. The attacks...

Date: 11/13/2015 | Nation & World

Kremlin-controlled TV airs ‘secret’ nuclear torpedo plans

MOSCOW — Details of a new Russian submarine-launched nuclear torpedo have been shown on state-controlled TV, a secret the Kremlin said should never have been aired. Some observers, however, saw it as a deliberate leak.

Date: 11/13/2015 | Nation & World

All are at the table for Syrian peace talks, except Syrians

"Syrian peace talks" is one of those phrases where the soothing words don't fit the nightmare reality. But the indefatigable Secretary of State John Kerry is making another try this weekend in Vienna, and there's more to this effort than just his good intentions.

Date: 11/13/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Iraqi Kurds enter Sinjar in push to oust ISIS fighters

SINJAR, Iraq — Iraqi Kurdish militias battling to take back Sinjar from Islamic State militants raised a Kurdish flag and fired off celebratory gunfire in the center of town Friday, though U.S. and Kurdish officials cautioned that it was too soon to declare victory in a major...

Date: 11/12/2015 | Nation & World

How do you smuggle Heineken into Saudi Arabia?

Legally, alcohol is banned in Saudi Arabia. In reality, however, there are people in the country who drink.If you're wondering how exactly they actually get that alcohol, consider the multiple reports in the Saudi press Thursday that describe how the Saudi authorities at the...

Date: 11/12/2015 | Off the Wire

Netanyahu may have turned Jewish Americans against him

Benjamin Netanyahu doesn't do regret.Earlier this year, the Israeli prime minister did more than any of his predecessors over nearly 70 years to turn his country into a partisan political issue in the United States. In his speech to Congress and in other venues, he fought...

Date: 11/11/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Energy independence is why we can say no to Keystone

The Obama administration has finally passed judgment on the Keystone XL pipeline, and it's a thumbs-down. The environmental arguments against it have always been impeccable. But it took America's turn toward energy independence to cut down the economic case for it.Americans...

Date: 11/10/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Netanyahu expects more military aid from meeting with Obama

JERUSALEM — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned meeting with President Barack Obama in Washington on Monday is being billed as a fence-mending visit after their dispute over the Iran nuclear deal.

Date: 11/09/2015 | Nation & World

Space mining might cost less than a gas plant on Earth

Getting a mine up and running on the moon or an asteroid would cost less than building the biggest gas terminals on Earth, according to research presented to a forum of company executives and NASA scientists.A mission to Ceres, a dwarf planet 257 million miles from the Sun...

Date: 11/09/2015 | Nation & World

Climate change could leave 100 million poor

STOCKHOLM — Climate change could push more than 100 million people into extreme poverty by 2030 by disrupting agriculture and fueling the spread of malaria and other diseases, the World Bank said in a report Sunday.

Date: 11/09/2015 | Nation & World

Dubai Airshow opens with no big purchase announcements

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The biennial Dubai Airshow opened its doors Sunday without any major purchasing deals announced, instead giving Arab Gulf carriers an opportunity to showcase the latest and newest aircraft in their fast-growing fleets.Dubai-based Emirates...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Business Wire

TPP will promote our state’s trade and protect our values

Over the last five years, proponents and opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership regional free trade agreement have shared one disadvantage: No one knew what the final agreement would contain. Would it be a high-standard, 21st-century agreement that levels the playing field, or...

Date: 11/08/2015 | Commentary

Lufthansa cabin crews start strike with walkout

FRANKFURT, Germany — Deutsche Lufthansa cabin crews began a week of strikes with a nine-hour walkout in Frankfurt and Dusseldorf after talks with the German airline broke down over retirement terms.

Date: 11/07/2015 | Business Wire

Obama quashes Keystone XL pipeline plan

WASHINGTON — Ending a seven-year political saga, President Barack Obama killed the proposed Keystone XL pipeline on Friday, declaring it would have undercut U.S. efforts to clinch a global climate change deal at the center of his environmental legacy.

Date: 11/07/2015 | Business Wire

Canadian man gets 6 years for flying to Seattle to see teen

SEATTLE — A Canadian man has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for traveling to Washington state to have sex with a teenage girl.

Date: 11/06/2015 | Northwest

Battle begins over details of Obama’s Pacific trade deal

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has revealed its trade pact with Pacific nations, a sweeping and controversial deal igniting fierce opposition from President Barack Obama's Democratic allies.The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement published on Thursday has...

Date: 11/06/2015 | Nation & World

Justin Trudeau sworn in as Canada’s new prime minister

TORONTO — Justin Trudeau was sworn in Wednesday as Canada’s new Liberal prime minister, and his new cabinet ministers vowed to honor campaign pledges to settle 25,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Nation & World

Kraft Heinz to close U.S., Canada factories

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Kraft Heinz will close seven plants in the U.S. and Canada as part of a downsizing that will eliminate 2,600 jobs, or roughly 14 percent of its North American factory workforce, the newly-merged food company announced Wednesday.

Date: 11/05/2015 | Business Wire

NATO tests its capabilities in European war games

ZARAGOZA, Spain — NATO is putting on its most fearsome display of military might in over a decade, a choreographed large-scale movement of soldiers, ships and planes meant to hone its capabilities as well as transmit an unmistakable signal to Russia and other possible foes.

Date: 11/04/2015 | Nation & World

Solar storm knocks out flight control systems in Sweden

STOCKHOLM — Aviation officials said a solar storm knocked out the air traffic control systems in Sweden on Wednesday, prompting them to close the country's airspace for more than an hour.The civil aviation authority said the solar storm created disturbances in the...

Date: 11/04/2015 | Nation & World

China to make currency freely traded by 2020

BEIJING — China announced Tuesday it will allow its tightly managed yuan to trade freely by 2020, potentially easing trade tensions with the United States and other nations.

Date: 11/04/2015 | Business Wire

TransCanada: Politics not behind Keystone delay request

TORONTO — The head of the Canadian company behind the proposed Keystone XL pipeline denied Tuesday that political motivation drove its decision to ask the U.S. government to delay consideration of the project.

Date: 11/04/2015 | Business Wire

US, South Korea pledge to strengthen defenses

SEOUL, South Korea — The U.S. and South Korea are pledging to strengthen their combined defenses against what they call threats by North Korea, but they announced no specific new steps toward a long-delayed transfer of wartime control of South Korean forces from the U.S. military to the South...

Date: 11/01/2015 | Nation & World

Turkey’s PM declares victory in election; blast injures 20

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish media reports some 20 people have been hospitalized mostly with respiratory problems following an explosion at a grocery shop in southeast Turkey.

Date: 11/01/2015 | Nation & World

17 die in terrorist attack on Somali hotel

MOGADISHU, Somalia —The radical Islamist group al-Shabaab attacked a popular hotel in the Somali capital Mogadishu Sunday morning, killing at least 17 people.

Date: 11/01/2015 | Nation & World

South Sudan rebels release 13 UN contractors, says official

JUBA, South Sudan — South Sudan’s rebels have released 13 United Nations contractors held captive for nearly a week, the U.N.’s mission in the country said.

Date: 11/01/2015 | Nation & World

Russian jet broke up at high altitude over Egypt

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — The Russian jetliner that crashed shortly after takeoff from an Egyptian resort city broke up at high altitude, scattering fragments of wreckage over a wide area in the Sinai Peninsula, Russia's top aviation official said Sunday as search teams raced to...

Date: 11/01/2015 | Nation & World

Peru Catholic society reveals sex abuse probe

LIMA, Peru — A secretive Roman Catholic society with chapters across South America and in the U.S. has revealed under pressure that a Vatican investigator is looking into allegations that its founder sexually molested young recruits.

Date: 11/01/2015 | Nation & World

New Navy warship honors Mexico-born Marine

BATH, Maine — First in English, then in Spanish, the mother of a fallen Marine who shielded his comrades from an insurgent's grenade christened a new Navy destroyer in his honor.Rosa Peralta asked God to bless the ship named for her son, Sgt. Rafael Peralta, and to...

Date: 11/01/2015 | Nation & World

Surge of sectarian violence alarms India's intellectuals

NEW DELHI — First writers then artists, followed by filmmakers, historians and scientists. The chorus of Indian intellectuals protesting religious bigotry and communal violence grows louder by the week with a single message for Prime Minister Narendra Modi: protect India's...

Date: 10/31/2015 | Nation & World

Humane Society rescues pups from South Korean meat farm

WALLA WALLA — They have no names, yet.“I really want the families to be able to name them,” said Sara Archer, executive director of Blue Mountain Humane Society, dishing out a pet treat for the 80-pound dog in front of her.

Date: 10/31/2015 | Northwest

Deathbed and breakfast: Halloween in the Catacombs

PARIS — This Halloween, two brave souls will get the dubious honor of waking up among 6 million dead bodies in Paris’ creepy Catacombs.

Date: 10/31/2015 | Nation & World

Russian airliner crashes in Sinai; 224 are dead

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt — A Russian aircraft carrying 224 people, including 17 children, crashed Saturday in a remote mountainous region in the Sinai Peninsula about 20 minutes after taking off from a Red Sea resort popular with Russian tourists, the Egyptian government said. There...

Date: 10/31/2015 | Nation & World

The warm heart of the ever-inviting Quebec City

QUEBEC CITY — Shop windows are dominated by winter parkas. A cool, bitter wind blows off the St. Lawrence River. The trees are turning quickly now.

Date: 10/31/2015 | Life

Saturn’s geyser-spouting moon glows in close-up picture

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Saturn’s geyser-spouting moon Enceladus has a new portfolio, thanks to the Cassini spacecraft.

Date: 10/30/2015 | Nation & World

ISIS-crimes blogger found beheaded in Turkey

ISTANBUL — A Syrian activist who helped produce a blog dedicated to exposing Islamic State crimes against the residents of Raqqa was found beheaded along with another young activist at their apartment in Sanliurfa in southern Turkey on Friday, friends said.

Date: 10/30/2015 | Nation & World

Airbus reports higher 3rd quarter profit

PARIS — Airbus said its profit rose in the third quarter as the European jet maker saw gains from improvements in its commercial aircraft division.

Date: 10/30/2015 | Business Wire

China to end 1-child policy, allow 2 children

BEIJING — China said Thursday it would allow all married couples to have two children, signaling the end after 35 years to its drastic and unpopular "one-child" policy that has been blamed for skewing the gender balance, forcing women into unwanted abortions and...

Date: 10/30/2015 | Nation & World

China to end 1-child policy, allow 2 children

BEIJING — China said Thursday it would allow all married couples to have two children, signaling the end after 35 years to its drastic and unpopular "one-child" policy that has been blamed for skewing the gender balance, forcing women into unwanted abortions and bringing about a...

Date: 10/29/2015 | Nation & World

China’s Xi attempts to push reforms, maintain control

HONG KONG — Some of the luxury boutiques along Des Voeux Road here seemed nearly empty of Chinese customers at times last weekend. With an anti-corruption campaign raging on the mainland, this evidently isn't the moment for Chinese to engage in conspicuous consumption.

Date: 10/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Warm summer boosts Heineken beer sales in Europe

Associated PressAMSTERDAM — Dutch brewer Heineken said warm summer weather in Europe helped increase beer sales in the third quarter, while tough market conditions led to a drop in sales volume in Russia.

Date: 10/29/2015 | Business Wire

5 Britons die after whale boat sinks off Vancouver Island

TOFINO, British Columbia — Investigators sought to determine what caused a whale watching boat with 27 people on board to sink off Vancouver Island in seemingly calm weather, killing five people and leaving one person missing. A fisherman who helped in the rescue effort offered a...

Date: 10/26/2015 | Northwest

U.S. Navy sails near reefs claimed by China

WASHINGTON — A U.S. Navy ship sailed near an artificial island built by China in the South China Sea in a long-anticipated challenge to what the Obama administration considers Beijing’s “excessive claim” of sovereignty in those waters, a U.S. defense official said Monday.

Date: 10/26/2015 | Nation & World

Refugees flock to Slovenia; EU plan criticized

BREZICE, Slovenia — A day before a European summit on the migrant crisis, Slovenia’s president demanded immediate action from the EU and tempers flared at one overcrowded refugee center as thousands more asylum-seekers poured into the tiny Alpine nation.

Date: 10/25/2015 | Nation & World

Hundreds of S. Koreans cross border for reunions

SEOUL, South Korea — A 98-year-old South Korean man cried loudly and repeatedly buried his face in a handkerchief as his elderly North Korean son, who last saw his father as a 5-year-old, watched calmly from across the table.

Date: 10/25/2015 | Nation & World

Cyprus monastery renovation unites communities

Lore stretching back to the dawn of Christianity says this monastery sits directly over a fresh-water spring created by one of Jesus' first disciples, St. Andrew, while he was waiting for winds to pick up so he could continue his ship-borne travels.The spring water, lore...

Date: 10/25/2015 | Nation & World

Megastorm Patricia inflicts little damage

CHAMELA, Mexico — Only a day after menacing Mexico as one of history's strongest storms, Hurricane Patricia left surprisingly little damage in its wake Saturday and quickly dissipated into an ordinary low-pressure system that posed little threat beyond heavy rain.The...

Date: 10/24/2015 | Nation & World

Damage light after Hurricane Patricia hits Mexico

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — Record-breaking Hurricane Patricia appeared to leave remarkably little damage as it moved rapidly inland over mountainous western Mexico early Saturday and weakened to tropical depression status, though authorities warned it could still cause deadly...

Date: 10/24/2015 | Nation & World

Why hurricanes like Patricia are expected on warmer planet

First there was Supertyphoon Haiyan — which peaked out at 170-knot or 196 mile-per-hour winds in 2013 as it slammed the Philippines. And now there is Patricia, forecast to soon hit Mexico, with currently estimated maximum sustained wind speeds of 175 knots or, that's right, over...

Date: 10/24/2015 | Nation & World

Category 5 Hurricane Patricia slams into Mexico

PUERTO VALLARTA, Mexico — Hurricane Patricia roared onshore in southwestern Mexico on Friday evening, bringing lashing rains, surging seas and cyclonic winds with what forecasters called a potential to cause "catastrophic" damage.

Date: 10/23/2015 | Nation & World

Major drug tunnel found on U.S.-Mexico border

SAN DIEGO — Authorities seized 12 tons of marijuana and arrested 22 people after finding one of the longest cross-border tunnels ever dug between the U.S. and Mexico, officials said Thursday.

Date: 10/23/2015 | Nation & World

Canada elects record number of aboriginals to Parliament

TORONTO — Justin Trudeau was not the only winner in Canada’s election this week: The country’s aboriginal community saw a record 10 indigenous members elected to Parliament — up from seven in 2011 — in a victory for a community that said it was neglected throughout nearly a decade of Conservative...

Date: 10/22/2015 | Nation & World

Boeing could benefit from Canadian election

Boeing’s flagging Super Hornet fighter jet might get a boost from Canadians electing Liberal leader Justin Trudeau to prime minister, Reuters reports.

Date: 10/20/2015 | Aerospace Blog

Cybersecurity firm: Chinese hacking on U.S. companies persists

WASHINGTON — Chinese hacking attempts on American corporate intellectual property have occurred with regularity over the past three weeks, suggesting that China almost immediately began violating its newly minted cyberagreement with the United States, according to a newly published analysis by a...

Date: 10/19/2015 | Nation & World

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