<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - ap]]> http://gazette.com/rss/ap Sun, 11 Dec 2016 04:52:28 -0700 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Bombing at Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral kills 25]]> http://gazette.com/bombing-at-egypts-main-coptic-christian-cathedral-kills-25/article/feed/430923?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bombing-at-egypts-main-coptic-christian-cathedral-kills-25/article/feed/430923?custom_click=rss

CAIRO (AP) — A bombing at Egypt's main Coptic Christian cathedral killed 25 people and wounded another 35 on Sunday, 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 assault claimed by a shadowy group that authorities say is linked to the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. Islamic militants have targeted Christians in the past, including a New Year's Day bombing at a church in Alexandria in 2011 that killed at least 21 people.

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]]> Sun, 11 Dec 2016 05:43:01 -0700 <![CDATA[The Latest: Protests in Turkey condemn deadly stadium blast]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-protests-in-turkey-condemn-deadly-stadium-blast/article/feed/430916?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-protests-in-turkey-condemn-deadly-stadium-blast/article/feed/430916?custom_click=rss

ISTANBUL (AP) — The Latest on the twin explosions near an Istanbul soccer stadium on Saturday night (all times local):

2:40 p.m.

Turkey's private NTV channel is showing more than 100 flag-carrying demonstrators marching along Istanbul's coastline toward the stadium that was the site of deadly attacks a night earlier.

After attending the funeral for some of the police officers who were among the 38 people killed in the latest bombings, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the hospital where dozens of the wounded are being treated.

Meanwhile, Turkey's Constitutional Court issued a statement condemning the "nefarious terrorist attack" and wishing God mercy's for the dead and a speedy recovery for the woun

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]]> Sun, 11 Dec 2016 05:41:41 -0700 <![CDATA[Syrian activists say IS fighting back in Palmyra]]> http://gazette.com/syrian-activists-say-is-fighting-back-in-palmyra/article/feed/430922?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/syrian-activists-say-is-fighting-back-in-palmyra/article/feed/430922?custom_click=rss

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 killed 300 IS militants and destroyed vehicles and artillery. The head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the militants were driven out before dawn, but regrouped and attacked from the northeast.

The activist-run Palmyra Coordination group said IS also advanced from the northwest, seizing a neighborhood on the outskirts and the Palmyra castle.

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]]> Sun, 11 Dec 2016 05:39:48 -0700 <![CDATA[Iran says it's finalized $16.6B Boeing deal to buy 80 planes]]> http://gazette.com/iran-says-its-finalized-16.6b-boeing-deal-to-buy-80-planes/article/feed/430924?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/iran-says-its-finalized-16.6b-boeing-deal-to-buy-80-planes/article/feed/430924?custom_click=rss 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 to be struck with an American company since the 1979 revolution and U.S. Embassy takeover.

Boeing had no immediate comment.

In September, Washington granted permission to Boeing and its European competitor Airbus to sell billions of dollars' worth of aircraft to Iran. The U.S. and other world powers agreed last year to lift crippling sanctions on Iran in exchange for it curbing its nuclear activities.

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]]> Sun, 11 Dec 2016 05:37:52 -0700 <![CDATA[Trump expected to tap Exxon's Tillerson to lead State Dept.]]> http://gazette.com/trump-expected-to-tap-exxons-tillerson-to-lead-state-dept./article/feed/430723?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trump-expected-to-tap-exxons-tillerson-to-lead-state-dept./article/feed/430723?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump moved closer to nominating Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of State on Saturday, a decision that would bring a business leader with close ties to Russia into the Cabinet.

Trump has privately signaled that he plans to tap Tillerson for the powerful Cabinet post, but had not formally offered him the job as of Saturday evening, according to people who have spoken with Trump and his transition team. Some advisers worry that Tillerson's Russia connections would lead to a contentious Senate confirmation hearing and keep alive questions about Trump's own relationship with Moscow.

Trump and Tillerson met privately in New York on Saturday, their second meeting in a week.

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]]> Sun, 11 Dec 2016 05:35:29 -0700 <![CDATA[39 dead as truck rams into vehicles on Kenya road]]> http://gazette.com/39-dead-as-truck-rams-into-vehicles-on-kenya-road/article/feed/430901?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/39-dead-as-truck-rams-into-vehicles-on-kenya-road/article/feed/430901?custom_click=rss

NAIVASHA, Kenya (AP) — A runaway truck carrying volatile gas slammed into other vehicles and burst into flames on a major road in Kenya, killing at least 39 people and injuring 10, officials said early Sunday.

The truck lost control while going downhill on the road from the capital, Nairobi, to Naivasha late Saturday, said Mwachi Pius Masai, the deputy director and communications officer for the National Disaster Management Unit.

"This is a serious chemical incident," Masai said. "Police and other rescuers are still on the scene ... clearing debris."

Police said at least 10 people were injured. The death toll was updated to 39 by the interior ministry.

Eleven vehicles were burned and continued to smolder. The gr

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]]> Sun, 11 Dec 2016 05:22:12 -0700 <![CDATA[Romanians vote for parliament amid concerns over graft]]> http://gazette.com/romanians-vote-for-parliament-amid-concerns-over-graft/article/feed/430907?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/romanians-vote-for-parliament-amid-concerns-over-graft/article/feed/430907?custom_click=rss

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanians began voting Sunday in a parliamentary election a year after a massive anti-corruption drive forced the last Socialist prime minister from power.

The country of about 19 million is one of the poorest in the European Union and perceived as one of the most corrupt.

Romania's biggest party, the Social Democratic Party, is expected to come first and will likely try to form a majority with smaller parties. In all, 504 seats are up for re-election in Romania's bicameral Parliament.

President Klaus Iohannis, who by law is not allowed to belong to any party, urged Romanians to vote.

"I voted for a prosperous and strong Romania," Iohannis said after casting his ballot in the Romanian c

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]]> Sun, 11 Dec 2016 05:05:27 -0700 <![CDATA[Brexit uncertainties threaten brain drain for UK science]]> http://gazette.com/brexit-uncertainties-threaten-brain-drain-for-uk-science/article/feed/430921?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/brexit-uncertainties-threaten-brain-drain-for-uk-science/article/feed/430921?custom_click=rss

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 worried that after my current contract finishes, one of the prerequisites could be a permanent residence card," she said. "I'd like to apply for EU grant money, but how much longer will it be available for?"

Britain's top universities have long been among the world's most sought-after destinations for study and research, drawing the brightest minds from all corners of the globe.

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]]> Sun, 11 Dec 2016 04:48:32 -0700 <![CDATA[Alinghi wins extreme sailing series]]> http://gazette.com/alinghi-wins-extreme-sailing-series/article/feed/430926?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/alinghi-wins-extreme-sailing-series/article/feed/430926?custom_click=rss SYDNEY (AP) — Swiss team Alinghi clinched the Extreme Sailing series on the final day of competition on Sydney Harbour on Sunday, with skipper Arnaud Psarofaghis holding off a late attempt from archrivals Oman Air to win the title.

It was the third time Alinghi has won the Extreme Sailing series following victories in 2008 and 2014, but the first time they've done it aboard the speedy GC32 catamarans.

Alinghi started the final day with a 19-point lead on Oman Air. Alinghi's victory was only guaranteed following the 24th and penultimate race of the series, its fourth place ahead of Oman Air in fifth finally giving it the series edge.

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]]> Sun, 11 Dec 2016 04:45:04 -0700 <![CDATA[Shiffrin leads opening World Cup slalom run in Sestriere]]> http://gazette.com/shiffrin-leads-opening-world-cup-slalom-run-in-sestriere/article/feed/430928?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/shiffrin-leads-opening-world-cup-slalom-run-in-sestriere/article/feed/430928?custom_click=rss

SESTRIERE, Italy (AP) — Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin led the opening run of a World Cup slalom race Sunday despite a big error about 10 gates in.

Aiming to win the 11th consecutive slalom she has entered, Shiffrin held a slim 0.12-second lead over Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia and was 0.30 in front of Frida Hansdotter of Sweden.

On the upper section of the hard and icy Giovanni Agnelli course, Shiffrin lost control briefly and the American had to spread her skis apart to regain her balance.

Shiffrin holds an eight-point lead in the overall standings ahead of defending overall champion Lara Gut, who was nearly two seconds behind in the opening run but did qualify for the second leg.

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]]> Sun, 11 Dec 2016 04:36:17 -0700 <![CDATA[Romero leads Club America to semifinal of Club World Cup]]> http://gazette.com/romero-leads-club-america-to-semifinal-of-club-world-cup/article/feed/430927?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/romero-leads-club-america-to-semifinal-of-club-world-cup/article/feed/430927?custom_click=rss

SUITA, Japan (AP) — Silvio Romero scored two second-half goals on Sunday as Mexico's Club America beat South Korean side Jeonbuk Motors 2-1 in the Club World Cup.

Romero converted a corner kick by Michael Arroyo in the 74th minute to send his team to a semifinal clash with tournament favorites Real Madrid on Thursday.

"This was a night I've dreamed about," Romero said. "To be able to score two goals in such a big tournament I feel like I've achieved something big."

Kim Bo-kyung gave Asian champions Jeonbuk a 1-0 lead in the 23rd minute but Romero, who hit the crossbar with a solo effort before the break, equalized in the 58th.

Club America lost to China's Guangzhou Evergrande in the first round of last year's to

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]]> Sun, 11 Dec 2016 04:23:48 -0700 <![CDATA[Car blast kills 16 at police station in Somalia's capital]]> http://gazette.com/car-blast-kills-16-at-police-station-in-somalias-capital/article/feed/430912?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/car-blast-kills-16-at-police-station-in-somalias-capital/article/feed/430912?custom_click=rss

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 burned beyond recognition to ambulances. Human limbs and bloodied shoes were scattered across the blast scene.

Most of the victims are port workers and police officers.

Somalia's Islamic extremist rebels, al-Shabab, claimed responsibility for the attack, the second blast in the seaside capital in two days. The insurgents said they had killed "apostates" in the attack, according t

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]]> Sun, 11 Dec 2016 04:23:29 -0700 <![CDATA[Aiming for weekend sweep, Pinturault leads 1st slalom run]]> http://gazette.com/aiming-for-weekend-sweep-pinturault-leads-1st-slalom-run/article/feed/430929?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aiming-for-weekend-sweep-pinturault-leads-1st-slalom-run/article/feed/430929?custom_click=rss

VAL D'ISERE, France (AP) — Alexis Pinturault was poised for a weekend sweep after leading the opening run of a World Cup slalom on the steep and icy Face de Bellevarde course Sunday.

A Frenchman, Pinturault already delighted the home fans by winning Saturday's giant slalom on the same course.

Attacking the rock-hard snow with an aggressive style all the way down, Pinturault led Alexander Khoroshilov of Russia by 0.24 seconds and was 0.42 ahead of Henrik Kristoffersen of Norway.

Kristoffersen, the World Cup slalom winner last season, skipped a slalom at Levi, Finland, last month to protest being blocked from wearing the helmet of a personal sponsor.

Five-time defending overall champion Marcel Hirscher was fourth,

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]]> Sun, 11 Dec 2016 04:20:18 -0700 <![CDATA[Turkey hunts for answers, buries dead after blasts kill 38]]> http://gazette.com/turkey-hunts-for-answers-buries-dead-after-blasts-kill-38/article/feed/430914?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/turkey-hunts-for-answers-buries-dead-after-blasts-kill-38/article/feed/430914?custom_click=rss

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 officers, killing 30 of them along with seven civilians and an unidentified person, Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu told reporters Sunday. He said 13 people had been arrested in connection with the "terrorist attack."

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed that Turkey would overcome terrorism while Prime Minister Binali Yildirim ordered flags to fly at half-staff Sunday across the country and

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]]> Sun, 11 Dec 2016 04:19:32 -0700 <![CDATA[China conducts flyover of waterways near Japan, Taiwan]]> http://gazette.com/china-conducts-flyover-of-waterways-near-japan-taiwan/article/feed/430911?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/china-conducts-flyover-of-waterways-near-japan-taiwan/article/feed/430911?custom_click=rss 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 a call strongly denounced by China, which considers Taiwan to be Chinese territory.

At least 10 Chinese planes on Saturday flew over the Miyako Strait between two Japanese islands, Taiwan's defense ministry said in a statement. Four planes also flew over the nearby Bashi Channel adjacent to Taiwan, according to the statement.

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