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Aussie Jehovah’s Witnesses face child sex abuse probe

SYDNEY — The abuse was meticulously catalogued. From 1950 to 2014, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society amassed some 5,000 files detailing sexual abuse of Australian children by 1,006 of its members, who believe only they — the Jehovah’s Witnesses — proclaim the truth about God.

Date: 08/14/2015 | Nation & World


What a six-foot 777 part might bring to MH370 mystery

A six-foot piece of a Boeing 777’s wing assembly discovered on a remote Indian Ocean island is expected to provide the first hard evidence that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crashed 16 months ago and could help investigators narrow the search for the wreckage, experts said Friday.

Date: 08/01/2015 | Nation & World


Wing part a solid clue in hunt for missing Malaysian 777

SAINT-ANDRE, Reunion — A sea-crusted wing part washed up on an island in the western Indian Ocean may be the first trace of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 since it vanished nearly a year and a half ago, and a tragic but finally solid clue to one of aviation's most perplexing and...

Date: 07/29/2015 | Nation & World


Could sonars have missed downed Malaysia 777?

CANBERRA, Australia — Amid rising frustrations over the expensive, so-far fruitless search for vanished Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, experts are questioning the competence of the company in charge, including whether crews may have passed over the sunken wreckage without even...

Date: 07/04/2015 | Nation & World


Rights tilting to corporations in trade deal

In promoting a proposed trade pact covering 12 Pacific Rim nations, President Obama has cast the initiative as an instrument of equity. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would, in his words, "level the playing field" and "give our workers a fair shot." But critics...

Date: 06/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Let trade talks move forward

Let's start with why this is important. In Washington state, 4 in 10 jobs are tied, directly or indirectly, to trade, according to the Washington Council on International Trade. And the value of goods and...

Date: 04/28/2015 | Editorials


A fast-track to trade or a fast-track to bad deals?

Pro  (Jump to the con argument)Approval would allow the U.S. to negotiate in our best interests

Date: 04/26/2015 | Commentary


Search area for 777 could expand

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The search area for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 will be expanded by another 60,000 square kilometers (23,000 square miles) in the Indian Ocean if the jetliner is not found by May, officials said Thursday, affirming their commitment to not give up until it is...

Date: 04/16/2015 | Nation & World


Bounty descendants to lose self rule on island

SYDNEY - The descendants of Fletcher Christian and the Bounty mutineers are to lose control of their bankrupt South Pacific island home, as Australia prepares to strip the remote territory of self government.

Date: 03/20/2015 | Nation & World


Death toll a mystery after South Pacific cyclone

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Officials struggled Sunday to determine the scale of the devastation wrought by a monstrous cyclone that tore through the tiny South Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu, with death counts varying in the single digits but expected to rise once communications...

Date: 03/14/2015 | Nation & World


Was air controller asleep when 777 vanished?

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia’s transport minister on Thursday vowed to take stern action against an air traffic control supervisor if it is confirmed that he was asleep on the job when Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared a year ago.

Date: 03/13/2015 | Nation & World


Missing 777's locator beacon battery had expired

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — The first comprehensive report into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 revealed Sunday that the battery of the locator beacon for the plane's data recorder had expired more than a year before the plane vanished on March 8, 2014.

Date: 03/07/2015 | Nation & World


Missing 777 sparks better plane tracking

SYDNEY — Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial to enhance the tracking of aircraft over remote oceans, allowing planes to be more easily found should they vanish like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, Australia’s transport minister said Sunday.

Date: 03/01/2015 | Business Wire


A trade deal that works for all

The trick in negotiating a trade agreement with 11 other Pacific Rim nations is in securing the economic benefits of opening up trade with those countries while at the same time not weakening the environmental, labor and other laws we depend upon at home.Negotiations...

Date: 02/19/2015 | Editorials


White House locks up details of trade pact

The trade rules of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership between the United States and 11 Asian nations would cover nearly 40 percent of the world economy — but don't ask what they are. Access to the text of the proposed deal is highly restricted.Nevertheless, at last...

Date: 02/09/2015 | Opinion Columnists


With China, GOP on board, Obama’s big trade pact looks set

Strange bedfellows of 2015: As the Obama administration pushes toward a major new trade agreement in Asia this spring, it is developing two unlikely allies — Chinese officials abroad, who are signaling that they want in, and Republicans in Congress, who appear willing to support...

Date: 02/01/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Aussies seek bids for 777 recovery

CANBERRA, Australia — Although there have been no signs yet of the Malaysian airliner that remains missing far off the Australian coast, authorities are inviting expressions of interest from salvage operators in case it is found.The Australian Transport Safety Bureau,...

Date: 01/22/2015 | Nation & World


Hostage situation erupts in Sydney

SYDNEY— A gunman took an unknown number of people hostage inside a downtown Sydney chocolate shop and cafe at the height of Monday morning rush hour, with two people inside the cafe seen holding up a flag believed to contain an Islamic declaration of faith.

Date: 12/14/2014 | Nation & World


5-day-old baby found in Australia; mother charged with attempted murder

SYDNEY — A 30-year-old Sydney mother has been charged with the attempted murder of her newborn son who was allegedly abandoned in a roadside drain for five days before passers-by heard his cries, police said Monday.

Date: 11/23/2014 | Nation & World


Obama plans to counter Chinese aggression

BRISBANE, Australia — Eyeing Chinese aggression, President Barack Obama and the prime ministers of Japan and Australia committed Sunday to deepen their military cooperation and work together on strengthening maritime security in the Asia Pacific.

Date: 11/16/2014 | Nation & World


United plans Aussie flights on 787-9

CHICAGO — United Airlines announced plans Friday to expand its Pacific footprint next week by adding four new routes.

Date: 10/24/2014 | Business Wire


2nd ship joins hunt for missing 777

SYDNEY — A second ship was preparing to join the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean on Wednesday, as Malaysia’s defense minister expressed confidence the plane will be found.

Date: 10/23/2014 | Nation & World


With huge area mapped, 777 hunt to resume

SYDNEY — After a four-month hiatus, the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is about to resume in a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean, with searchers lowering new equipment deep beneath the waves in a bid to finally solve one of the world’s most perplexing aviation mysteries.

Date: 10/05/2014 | Nation & World


Hunt for missing 777 to resume

SYDNEY — After a four-month hiatus, the hunt for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is about to resume in a desolate stretch of the Indian Ocean, with searchers lowering new equipment deep beneath the waves in a bid to finally solve one of the world's most perplexing aviation...

Date: 10/04/2014 | Nation & World


Surfer loses arm in shark attack

SYDNEY — A man had part of his arm torn off by a suspected great white shark while surfing off the coast of Western Australia on Thursday, officials said.

Date: 10/02/2014 | Nation & World




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