Nation/World | page 121


SATURDAY, SEPT. 5, 2015

Migrants leave Hungary on buses, headed for Austria, Germany

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. Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann announced the decision early today after speaking with Angela Merkel, his German counterpart – not long after Hungary’s surprise nighttime move to provide buses for the weary travelers from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Continue reading »


229,000 refugees lose U.N. food aid

AMMAN, Jordan – The cash-strapped World Food Program has had to drop one-third of Syrian refugees from its food voucher program in Middle Eastern host countries this year, including 229,000 in Jordan who stopped receiving food aid this month, a spokeswoman said Friday. The sharp cutbacks come at a time when growing numbers of desperate Syrians who initially found refuge in neighboring countries are trying to reach Europe. Since 2011, more than 4 million Syrians have fled their country’s civil war, most settling in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.

Continue reading »


Clinton

Clinton says there are answers to all email issues

WASHINGTON – Would Hillary Rodham Clinton like to apologize to voters for the past emailing practices that have so many of them questioning her trustworthiness? Sort of. “It wasn’t the best choice,” Clinton said during a 30-minute interview with journalist ...

Continue reading »


Ice Age fossils found at California housing site

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Fossils from the last Ice Age, including bones of ancient mammoths and a prehistoric bison, have been found at a Carlsbad construction site where hundreds of new homes are planned. The fossils, 50,000 to 200,000 years old, were discovered earlier this summer during grading at Carlsbad’s Quarry Creek, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

Continue reading »


In brief: Dozens march for inmates’ protection

SAN JOSE, Calif. – About 50 people marched Friday in protest at Santa Clara County Main Jail to demand inmates be protected from abuse after an inmate was beaten to death last week under the watch of three deputies now facing possible murder charges. Three jail guards were arrested Thursday, a week after an inmate, later identified as 31-year-old Michael James Pipkin Tyree, was found dead in his cell of multiple blunt trauma, internal bleeding and lacerations, authorities said.

Continue reading »


In brief: Hunters of riches-laden Nazi train tell of search

Two men who claim to have located a Nazi train laden with treasure that reportedly went missing in the last days of World War II came forward Friday in a Polish television interview and disclosed new details of their alleged feat. Andreas Richter, a German, and Polish citizen Piotr Koper appeared on TVP-Info, identifying themselves for the first time as the men whose lawyer last month contacted authorities in Lower Silesia with an offer to guide them to the train in exchange for 10 percent of the value of its cargo.

Continue reading »


Jailed clerk’s lawyer says marriage licenses are void

MOREHEAD, Ky. – A jailed Kentucky clerk asserted that marriage licenses issued without her authority Friday to gay couples in Rowan County are void and “not worth the paper they are written on” because she didn’t authorize them, her attorney said. Kim Davis now wears an orange jumpsuit and “has already been doing Bible studies with herself” in jail, her attorney Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel told reporters after meeting with her behind bars. He said Davis is in very good spirits, and is prepared to stay as long as it takes to uphold her religious freedoms.

Continue reading »


Hynde

People: Hynde opens up about biker days

Legendary rocker Chrissie Hynde was with the band. And not just as the sultry-voiced singer with the Pretenders, which won popularity decades ago with hits such as “Brass in Pocket” and “Ohio.” Early in her life, Hynde fell in with a band of outlaw bikers. She wound up being beaten, robbed and raped, she says in an interview to air on this week’s “Sunday Morning” on CBS.

Continue reading »


Russia possibly expanding military role in Syria

WASHINGTON – U.S. intelligence has captured evidence of a significant escalation of Russia’s military engagement in Syria’s civil war, including satellite images of an apparent Russian base for staging troops and heavy equipment under construction near a port city that is a stronghold for Syrian President Bashar Assad, U.S. officials say. The reconnaissance photos of possible military housing being built near the international airport in Latakia province provide strong evidence of deepening involvement by President Vladimir Putin’s government in the 4-year-old Syrian war, according to the officials, who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

Continue reading »


President Barack Obama meets with King Salman of Saudi Arabia in the Oval Office of the White House on Friday in Washington, D.C. (Associated Press)

Saudi king OK with Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON – Saudi King Salman signaled broad support for the Iran nuclear deal Friday in meetings with President Barack Obama at the White House, and asked U.S. officials for an acceleration of military aid in return. In almost three hours of meetings that marked his first White House visit as king, Salman heard, and accepted, Obama’s arguments in defense of the agreement, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said afterward.

Continue reading »


Sunken U-boat off Rhode Island target of scientists

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Scientists are using submersibles to explore a German U-boat sunk 7 miles off the Rhode Island coast the day before Nazi Germany surrendered in World War II, and they’re streaming the attempts online as they work to learn more about shipwrecks and how they affect the environment. The submarine, U-853, was sunk in the Battle of Point Judith by Coast Guard and Navy ships on May 6, 1945, the day after it took down the SS Black Point, the last U.S. merchant ship sunk in the Atlantic during the war.

Continue reading »

FRIDAY, SEPT. 4, 2015

Drowned migrant refugee toddler Aylan Kurdi becomes symbol of crisis

ISTANBUL – The little boy on the beach had a name, and it was Aylan. Searing images of the Syrian toddler’s drowned body, washed ashore after the raft carrying his refugee family capsized off the Turkish coast, pricked consciences worldwide and galvanized passionate debate over the international response to the enormous tide of migrants arriving on Europe’s shores.

Continue reading »


Kentucky clerk jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses

ASHLAND, Ky. – A federal judge sent Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis to jail Thursday for contempt of court after she testified that her religious beliefs against same-sex marriage made it impossible for her to comply with his order to resume issuing marriage licenses. “My conscience will not allow me,” Davis told U.S. District Judge David Bunning in a quiet voice. Davis, an Apostolic Christian, has refused to issue any marriage licenses in Rowan County since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in June.

Continue reading »


9th U.S. Circuit Court: Transgender asylum seekers unique

SAN FRANCISCO – Transgender people can be especially vulnerable to harassment and attacks and shouldn’t be equated with gays and lesbians by U.S. immigration officials determining whether to grant asylum, a federal appeals court said Thursday. The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued the ruling in the case of a transgender Mexican woman who sought shelter in the U.S. on the grounds that she would likely be tortured if returned to Mexico.

Continue reading »


Army halts lab operations as anthrax probe continues

WASHINGTON – Army Secretary John McHugh is suspending operations at four Defense Department laboratories that handle biological toxins, as the military scrambles to correct problems that led to the accidental shipment of live anthrax to dozens of labs around the country and the world. McHugh is also directing a broad safety review at a total of nine department labs involved in the production, shipment or handling of biological toxins. He ordered a report within the next 10 days.

Continue reading »






Blogs




The heart in retrospect

She did it again. Ruth Berning, that goddess of everything that is considered fit to be consumed by the humble masses at Adult Day Health, has once again unknowingly invaded ...






Sections


Profile

Contact the Spokesman

Main switchboard:
(509) 459-5000
Customer service:
(800) 338-8801
Newsroom:
(509) 459-5400
(800) 789-0029
Back to Spokesman Mobile