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Some forests don’t help stop climate change

Forests play a critical role in the global carbon cycle, helping to mitigate climate change by storing carbon that would otherwise end up in the atmosphere. So maintaining sustainable forest management practices that maximize the trees’ ability to act as a carbon sink - for example, planting more...

Date: 02/06/2016 | Nation & World


U.S. exports fell in 2015 for first time since recession

WASHINGTON — The U.S. trade deficit rose in December as American exports fell for a third straight month, reflecting the pressures of a stronger dollar and spreading global weakness. Those factors contributed to the first annual drop in U.S. export sales since the Great Recession shrank global...

Date: 02/06/2016 | Business Wire


Scientists switch on nuclear fusion experiment

GREIFSWALD, Germany — Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Wednesday on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power.

Date: 02/04/2016 | Nation & World


Cameron, Tusk fail to strike deal on British reform demands

LONDON — European Council President Donald Tusk and British Prime Minister David Cameron failed Sunday to strike a deal aimed at keeping the U.K. in the EU — but agreed to more talks for another day.

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World


Apple to open apps center in Naples, Italy

ROME — Apple has chosen Naples, Italy, to establish Europe’s first iOS App Development Center.Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday met in Rome with Italian Premier Matteo Renzi, who is delighted that the center’s creation could mean hundreds of jobs for Italy’s underdeveloped south.

Date: 01/23/2016 | Business Wire


Nobody seems to trust Vladimir Putin’s currency

Russia has fallen victim to two of the classic blunders. The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia — oops — but only slightly less well-known is this: never think an oil-exporting business can substitute for having an...

Date: 01/23/2016 | Business Wire


Brit court implicates Putin in murder of spy

LONDON — Almost a decade after former KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko lay dying in a London hospital bed, a British judge has concluded who poisoned him: two Russian men, acting at the behest of Russia’s security services, probably with approval from President Vladimir Putin.

Date: 01/21/2016 | Nation & World


Best countries in the world? U.S. comes in 4th

The votes are in, America, and the best country in the world is ...(Drum roll, please.)It's Germany. Sorry, U.S., you're fourth — right behind third-ranked Britain and second-ranked Canada. But, hey, America beat Sweden!That's according to the...

Date: 01/21/2016 | Nation & World


Trump riles those across the pond, too

The British Parliament set out Monday afternoon to debate a question that is often argued on this side of pond but has never before been taken up in the halls of Westminster: Is Donald Trump dangerous? Or is he merely a buffoon?The man who would Make America Great Again, it...

Date: 01/20/2016 | Opinion Columnists


Botched French drug trial leaves 1 brain dead, 5 in hospital

PARIS — One man was brain dead and three others faced possible permanent brain damage after volunteering to take part in a trial for a painkiller and anxiety medication based on a natural brain compound similar to the active ingredient in marijuana, French authorities said Friday.

Date: 01/15/2016 | Business Wire


U.S. skeptical of Putin but a necessary partner in Syria

Russia is emerging as an essential diplomatic and security partner for the U.S. in Syria, despite the Obama administration's opposition to Moscow's support for President Bashar al-Assad. Russian-American cooperation on Syria now includes regular diplomatic, military and...

Date: 01/14/2016 | Opinion Columnists


Merkel offers example to U.S. on refugees, migrants

Time magazine made a solid news judgment in naming German Chancellor Angela Merkel its 2015 "Person of the Year."The flood of refugees and immigrants from the Middle East and Africa into Europe, the greatest wave of migrants since World War II, is the...

Date: 01/04/2016 | Opinion Columnists


How U.S. planned to nuke Soviet Union, China during Cold War

In the event of a nuclear war, the Pentagon in 1956 penned a report that listed 1,200 cities and 1,100 airfields spread across eastern Europe, the Soviet Union and China that were prioritized for various levels of destruction, should the unthinkable happen. The goals were twofold: deny the former...

Date: 12/28/2015 | Nation & World


Edmonds artist creates portraits of Poland’s fallen heroes

Michael Reagan, the Edmonds artist who has created thousands of portraits through his Fallen Heroes Project, will take a long walk Sunday. He walks every morning, but this time his thoughts will be far from home. In his heart, Reagan will be with 66...

Date: 12/20/2015 | Julie Muhlstein


Marble bust looted by Nazis returned to Poland

WARSAW, Poland — An 18th-century marble bust of the goddess Diana looted by the Nazis in 1940 has returned to Warsaw from Vienna, where it recently surfaced at an auction house.The return of the sculpture by French master Jean-Antoine Houdon, valued at $270,000 is the...

Date: 12/20/2015 | Nation & World


Last deep British coal mine closes

LONDON — Coal once fueled the British Empire, employed armies of men and shook the power of governments.On Friday, workers at Britain's last operating deep coal mine finished their final shift, emerging — soot-blackened and live on television news channels...

Date: 12/19/2015 | Business Wire


VW gets OK to fix diesel cars in Europe

Volkswagen won regulatory approval for technical plans to fix 8.5 million diesel engines in Europe equipped with software that cheats on emissions tests, enabling the company to start resolving a scandal that has hurt sales since September.

Date: 12/17/2015 | Business Wire


Poland gets gas by ship as it diversifies energy sources

WARSAW, Poland — Poland has received its first delivery of liquefied natural gas, or LNG, from Qatar as it tries to diversify its energy sources and cut the price of imports from Russia.

Date: 12/12/2015 | Business Wire


Volkswagen group sales 2.2 percent lower in November

BERLIN — Volkswagen said Friday that its global sales were 2.2 percent lower in November than a year earlier, with increases in western European and Chinese deliveries helping cushion the impact of steep drops in the U.S. and elsewhere.

Date: 12/12/2015 | Business Wire


German government OKs merger of tank makers

BERLIN — The German government has approved a merger between two of Europe’s leading armored fighting vehicle manufacturers.

Date: 12/05/2015 | Business Wire


Holocaust survivor, rescuer reunited in New York

NEW YORK — An Israeli man and a Polish woman were reunited Wednesday in New York, seven decades after her Catholic family saved him during the Holocaust.

Date: 12/03/2015 | Nation & World


Climate talks a win for Obama, but planet remains in danger

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama travels to the Paris climate summit Sunday for what could be the crowning diplomatic achievement of his presidency, yet one that climate experts say will still leave the planet on a path toward dangerous levels of global warming.

Date: 11/29/2015 | Nation & World


Attacks reveal fatal flaws in European security

PARIS — To carry out the attacks that left 130 people dead in Paris this month, the killers relied on a cunning awareness of the weaknesses at the heart of the European security services charged with stopping them.

Date: 11/29/2015 | Nation & World


Queen Elizabeth II wraps up a nostalgic trip to Malta

VALLETTA, Malta — Queen Elizabeth II on Saturday wrapped up a nostalgic visit to Malta, her one-time home, where she joked that Canada’s youthful new leader had made her feel old.

Date: 11/29/2015 | Nation & World


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


The Brits are having a jolly good time in Edmonds

Christine Sellers will never forget being a young bride in Edmonds. She was happily married, but homesick for her native England. She missed the people and British customs. She needed an English friend.

Date: 10/18/2015 | Julie Muhlstein


Migrants surge into Slovenia along new route

PETISOVCI, Slovenia — Thousands of migrants surged into tiny Slovenia on Saturday as an alternative route opened in Europe for them after Hungary sealed its border for their free flow, adding another hurdle in their frantic flight from wars and poverty toward what they hope is a...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Nation & World


Ancient Chinese teeth could rewrite human history

A set of 47 human teeth found in China is giving scientists a lot to chew on. The teeth have been dated as at least 80,000 years old — perhaps even older. The problem with that is that most researchers believe humans only left Africa for the first time around 60,000 years ago. And...

Date: 10/16/2015 | Nation & World


First ancient African genome reveals complex migrations

Africa is considered to be the birthplace of humankind. But because its climate is poorly suited for DNA preservation, all of the ancient genomes to be analyzed have been from Europe, Asia, and the Americas. That changed Thursday, when researchers published a paper in Science...

Date: 10/11/2015 | Nation & World


On Terschelling, the beach stars, but the island directs

It was nearing 10:30 at night on Terschelling, but still not dark as my wife and I cycled through rippling sand dunes, their colors gradually muted by the fading light. Wild rabbits, a frequent sight on this largely undeveloped island in the Wadden Sea, hopped here and there, sometimes darting...

Date: 10/10/2015 | Life


Greek town to test new driverless buses

TRIKALA, Greece — There'll be no arguing with the driver on this bus: the rides are free and there's no driver anyway.Trikala, a rural town in northern Greece, has been chosen to test a driverless bus in real traffic conditions for the first time, part of a European...

Date: 10/09/2015 | Nation & World


Putin spends birthday playing hockey with NHL stars

MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin spent his 63rd birthday on the ice Wednesday, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons.

Date: 10/07/2015 | Nation & World


Tip of the iceberg: No end in sight to migrant wave

Associated PressZAGREB, Croatia — One month after the body of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach — and a week after the European Union agreed to secure its borders — the migrant crisis has largely fallen off the front pages and reporters are going home.

Date: 10/04/2015 | Nation & World


Spain grants citizenship to 4,300 with Sephardic Jewish roots

MADRID — Spain on Friday granted citizenship to 4,302 people whose Jewish ancestors fled after being told in 1492 to convert to Catholicism or go into exile ahead of the Spanish Inquisition that saw many Jews burned at the stake.The naturalizations were approved a day...

Date: 10/03/2015 | Nation & World


Russia’s 2nd largest airline in crisis as bankruptcy looms

MOSCOW — Russia’s second-largest airline, Transaero, is in crisis after two creditors on Friday said they will file bankruptcy proceedings following the collapse of a takeover plan.

Date: 10/03/2015 | Business Wire


Obama misjudged Putin; Putin may have misjudged Syria

Russia's expanded role in the Middle East has been hiding in plain sight for months. And the Obama administration, eager for Moscow's diplomatic help, all but invited it. Now that Russian jets and tanks have arrived in Syria, this intervention doesn't look so benign.

Date: 10/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Putin’s plans in Syria clear to all but Obama

"Russia hits Assad's foes, angering U.S." — Headline, Wall Street Journal, Oct. 1If it had the wit, the Obama administration would be not angered, but appropriately humiliated. President Obama has, once again, been totally outmaneuvered by...

Date: 10/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Putin may not fare any better fighting ISIS than U.S. has

Between the lines of President Obama's comments on Syria at the United Nations on Monday, you could hear a sad admission of failure: The U.S. hasn't been able to organize a winning strategy to deal with the Islamic State. Maybe we should let Russian President Vladimir Putin try his...

Date: 09/30/2015 | Opinion Columnists


What the pope can teach Xi, Obama, Putin

Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in America this week the same way, making a slow descent down an airplane ramp toward a waiting entourage. Watching the two, you couldn't help wondering: Which man is more powerful in the world today?Francis is arguably...

Date: 09/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Egypt buys 2 former Russian warships from France

PARIS — Egypt has agreed to buy two assault ships from France, the French government said Wednesday, dramatically increasing its capabilities on- and off-shore as the country tries to assume a more prominent role against Islamic State militants.

Date: 09/24/2015 | Business Wire


Volkswagen CEO resigns after emissions scandal

BERLIN — Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn resigned Wednesday, days after admitting that the world's top-selling carmaker had rigged diesel emissions to pass U.S. tests during his tenure.No replacement was announced, and VW still has no easy exit from a scandal that has...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Business Wire


VW chief under fire after emissions scandal and stock slide

BERLIN — Volkswagen's chief executive was under withering pressure Monday as an emissions-testing scandal erased more than $15 billion from the company's market value in a single trading session.The stock plunge followed revelations that the German carmaker had rigged...

Date: 09/21/2015 | Business Wire


Thousands flock to Munich’s Oktoberfest

The beer is flowing again at Munich’s fabled Oktoberfest.Mayor Dieter Reiter inserted the tap into the first keg Saturday with two blows of his hammer and the cry of “O’zapft is!” — “It’s tapped!”

Date: 09/20/2015 | Nation & World


Russia mulls oil-tax increase to cut budget gap

MOSCOW — The Russian government may raise taxes on its main source of revenue— crude producers— to narrow its budget deficit next year, two people with knowledge of the matter said Friday.

Date: 09/19/2015 | Business Wire


Putin's moves to fight Islamic State are calculated

Once again, President Obama and his foreign policy team are stumped. Why is Vladimir Putin pouring troops and weaponry into Syria? After all, as Secretary of State John Kerry has thrice told his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, it is only making things worse.But worse for...

Date: 09/18/2015 | Opinion Columnists


For Germany, refugees are blessing and burden

BERLIN — After only a month of language lessons, Samer Alkhamran can already say this in German: “I will open my own cellphone repair shop.”

Date: 09/13/2015 | Nation & World


France plans to close its oldest nuclear plant

PARIS — The French government said it will close the nation’s oldest nuclear plant no later than 2018 as part of a plan to reduce dependency on nuclear power.

Date: 09/10/2015 | Business Wire


McDonald’s announces shift to cage-free eggs

The maker of the Egg McMuffin is taking a stand, and it could drastically change the eggs Americans eat.McDonald's announced this morning that it will begin working toward eliminating all eggs purchased from farms that cage their hens, in both the United States and Canada.

Date: 09/10/2015 | Business Wire


Austria, Germany accept thousands of Mideast migrants

BICSKE, Hungary — After misery, delivery. Hundreds of migrants, exhausted after breaking away from police and marching for hours toward Western Europe, boarded buses provided by Hungary's government as Austria in the early-morning hours said it and Germany would let them in.

Date: 09/04/2015 | Nation & World


Snohomish County teens to dance on world stage

Snohomish County’s ballroom dancing darlings — Erik Linder of Lake Stevens and Rickie Taylor of Edmonds — are still competing.

Date: 09/04/2015 | Entertainment


Toy maker Lego sees strong growth

HELSINKI — Lego says its popular multi-colored toy blocks were in strong demand around the world in the first half of the year, boosting its earnings and the outlook for the full year.

Date: 09/03/2015 | Business Wire


Hunt is on for missing Nazi gold train

A Polish official said Friday he has seen an image made by ground-penetrating radar that seemed to prove the discovery of an armored Nazi train missing in southwestern Poland since World War II.Local lore says a German train filled with gold, gems and armaments went missing...

Date: 08/29/2015 | Nation & World


Poland to service Bulgaria’s Soviet-era MiG-29 fighters

WARSAW, Poland — Poland’s defense ministry said the country has reached a preliminary agreement with Bulgaria to modernize the Balkan country’s Soviet-era fleet of MiG-29 fighter jets.

Date: 08/29/2015 | Business Wire


Putin exploits Obama’s failure to challenge him

On Sept. 5, Russian agents crossed into Estonia and kidnapped an Estonian security official. Last week, after a closed trial, Russia sentenced him to 15 years.The reaction? The State Department issued a statement. The NATO secretary-general issued a tweet. Neither did...

Date: 08/28/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Planes collide at Swiss airshow, killing 1 pilot

BERLIN — One pilot died when two small planes collided in the air and crashed at an airshow in northern Switzerland on Sunday, police said.The two planes were part of a formation of three and they crashed around 11:15 a.m. after they touched each other in the air,...

Date: 08/23/2015 | Nation & World


Navy seeks better sub-hunting technology

WASHINGTON — The Navy wants to upgrade its ability to detect Russian submarines in response to assertive naval moves by President Vladimir Putin.The Navy is seeking to deploy a sophisticated surveillance device made by Lockheed Martin Corp. in the Atlantic Ocean. The...

Date: 08/19/2015 | Nation & World


Trump, Putin share reliance on selling confidence

He promises to restore his country's greatness, without offering a specific plan. He uses crude, vulgar expressions that make him sound like an ordinary guy, even though he's a billionaire. He's a narcissist who craves media attention. And for all his obvious shortcomings, he's very...

Date: 08/19/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Hike through vineyards and lemon trees in Italy’s Cinque Terre

This place doesn’t look real.From the top of a steep hillside covered in lemon trees and grapevines, the village of Manarola tumbles out below, like a handful of pink, orange and yellow blocks that have been shaken, then poured from a toy bag.

Date: 08/08/2015 | Life


Bin Laden relatives die in plane crash

LONDON — Three relatives of the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden were killed when a private plane crashed in Britain, police and the Saudi embassy said Saturday.

Date: 08/02/2015 | Nation & World


Suspected 777 part arrives in France

BALMA, France — A wing flap suspected to be from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 on Saturday arrived at a French military testing facility where it will be analyzed by experts.

Date: 08/01/2015 | Nation & World


Drug makers probed in Romanian graft

BUCHAREST, Romania — Swiss pharmaceuticals company Roche confirmed Friday it is being investigated by anti-corruption prosecutors looking for evidence that drug companies offered doctors vacations and other incentives in exchange for prescribing cancer drugs.Roche...

Date: 08/01/2015 | Business Wire


A Polish Jew reaches out to save Syrian Christians

Christianity, whose presence in the Middle East predates Islam's by 600 years, is about to be cleansed from the Middle East. Egyptian Copts may have found some respite under Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, but after their persecution under the previous Muslim Brotherhood government, they know how...

Date: 07/31/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Self-imposed austerity can aid Greece as it did WWII-era U.S.

So Greece has rolled over and played dead for the European Union. Greece will now be the vassal state of Germany and to a lesser extent, France, and to an even lesser extent, the remainder of the Euro powers, e.g., Latvia.The problem of being a vassal state is your masters...

Date: 07/25/2015 | Commentary


Greece’s bailout may only prolong agony for it, eurozone

The Greek financial crisis has eased — for now. But many skeptics share the worry of German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schauble that the bailout plan may not work, and that the only way to restore competitiveness and growth is a Greek exit from the euro.Schauble was...

Date: 07/22/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Greece approves ‘toxic’ austerity plan

ATHENS, Greece — Hours after police and demonstrators clashed in central Athens, Greek lawmakers on Thursday approved austerity measures that were overwhelmingly rejected by their citizens just days ago.The vote represented a stark turnabout for the government, and it...

Date: 07/15/2015 | Nation & World


Rick Steves hires a COO

Edmonds travel maven has growing $70M business

Date: 07/15/2015 | Business




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