<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - news >> us-world]]> http://gazette.com/rss/news/us-world Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:18:13 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Egypt's famed pyramids get new lab to restore pharaonic boat]]> http://gazette.com/egypts-famed-pyramids-get-new-lab-to-restore-pharaonic-boat/article/feed/452159?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/egypts-famed-pyramids-get-new-lab-to-restore-pharaonic-boat/article/feed/452159?custom_click=rss

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's famed pyramids at Giza have a newcomer in their midst: the largest on-site antiquities laboratory meant to restore the location's second pharaonic boat.

The vessel is believed to be the ceremonial boat of Pharaoh Cheops, known for building the largest of Egypt's pyramids. The project, funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency and the Higashi Nippon International University, is set to complete the initial phase of repairs of the 4,500-year-old vessel by 2020.

Once reassembled, the vessel of the ancient Egyptian ruler will be displayed at the Grand Egyptian Museum, currently under construction on Cairo's outskirts and close to the pyramids at Giza.

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:05:01 -0600 <![CDATA[It's over: Britain files for divorce from the European Union]]> http://gazette.com/its-over-britain-files-for-divorce-from-the-european-union/article/feed/452126?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/its-over-britain-files-for-divorce-from-the-european-union/article/feed/452126?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — The United Kingdom filed for divorce from the European Union on Wednesday, overturning four decades of integration with its neighbors, demolishing the notion that EU expansion is inevitable and shaking the foundations of a bloc that is facing challenges to its identity and its place in the world.

Britain's top envoy to the EU, Tim Barrow, hand-delivered a letter to European Council President Donald Tusk formally triggering a two-year countdown to the final split.

"Today the government acts on the democratic will of the British people," Prime Minister Theresa May told lawmakers in the House of Commons, adding, "This is an historic moment from which there can be no turning back.

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:02:54 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Yemen's president denounces Iran at Arab summit]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-yemens-president-denounces-iran-at-arab-summit/article/feed/452148?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-yemens-president-denounces-iran-at-arab-summit/article/feed/452148?custom_click=rss

DEAD SEA, Jordan (AP) — The Latest on the Arab summit being held in Jordan (all times local):

5 p.m.

Yemen's embattled president has launched a scathing verbal attack on Iran, saying the non-Arab and mostly Shiite nation is pursuing expansionist policies to destroy the Arab identity.

Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi told an Arab summit in Jordan on Wednesday that Iran "is the true sponsor of terrorism."

Civil war has raged in Yemen for two years. The fighting pits Hadi's troops, backed by a Saudi-led international military coalition of mostly Arab states, against Shiite Houthi rebels, led by Abdul-Malek al-Houthi and backed by former President Ali Abdullah Saleh and his forces. Iran supports fellow Shiite Houthis.

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 10:02:53 -0600 <![CDATA[The Latest: Czech PM cites exports as Brexit talks priority]]> http://gazette.com/the-latest-czech-pm-cites-exports-as-brexit-talks-priority/article/feed/452135?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/the-latest-czech-pm-cites-exports-as-brexit-talks-priority/article/feed/452135?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on Brexit (all times local):

3:45 p.m.

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka says a priority for his government in negotiating a deal with Britain as it leaves the EU will be the rights of Czech citizens currently living and working in Britain.

Sobotka says those citizens have "acquired certain rights that have something to do with the fact that they come from a European Union member state, and we don't want them to lose their rights in the future."

Noting that Britain is an important export market for the Czech Republic's economy, he said he wants to make sure future trade relations between the EU and Britain don't change that.

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:53:10 -0600 <![CDATA[UK police, Muslim youths link hands to mark London attack]]> http://gazette.com/uk-police-muslim-youths-link-hands-to-mark-london-attack/article/feed/452182?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/uk-police-muslim-youths-link-hands-to-mark-london-attack/article/feed/452182?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — Police officers, Muslim youths and hundreds of others linked hands Wednesday on Westminster Bridge to honor the four people who died in a terrorist attack that started on the span a week earlier.

The bridge fell silent at 2:40 p.m. to mark the moment when Khalid Masood began mowing down pedestrians, killing three. Masood then fatally stabbed a policeman in a courtyard on the grounds of Parliament.

Police say Masood, a native Briton, was inspired by extremist ideology, but that there's no evidence he had direct links to the Islamic State group or al-Qaida,

Nurses and doctors from St Thomas' hospital, where many of the injured were treated, joined the vigil on the bridge, which was closed for the event.

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:44:42 -0600 <![CDATA[Central bank offers bright outlook for Portuguese economy]]> http://gazette.com/central-bank-offers-bright-outlook-for-portuguese-economy/article/feed/452181?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/central-bank-offers-bright-outlook-for-portuguese-economy/article/feed/452181?custom_click=rss LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal's central bank has given an upbeat assessment of the country's economic outlook, with an export-driven recovery taking national output close to a pre-2008 level within two years.

The Bank of Portugal revised its economic forecasts upward Wednesday. It now expects growth of 1.8 percent this year, 1.7 percent next and 1.6 percent in 2019.

Exports are seen surging 6 percent this year after a 4.4 percent increase last year, while unemployment is predicted to fall from 11.1 percent in 2016 to 7.9 percent in 2019. The jobless rate hit 16 percent in 2013, two years after Portugal needed a 78 billion-euro ($84 billion) bailout.

Portugal's budget deficit has also fallen to a 42-year low of 2.1

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:24:23 -0600 <![CDATA[IS holds terrified civilians as human shields in Syrian city]]> http://gazette.com/is-holds-terrified-civilians-as-human-shields-in-syrian-city/article/feed/452127?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/is-holds-terrified-civilians-as-human-shields-in-syrian-city/article/feed/452127?custom_click=rss

BEIRUT (AP) — Residents of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa live in terror, trapped as a massive human shield in the Islamic State's de facto capital ahead of the final battle with U.S.-backed opposition forces for the militant group's last major urban stronghold.

A belt of land mines and militant checkpoints circle the city. Inside, all the men have been ordered to wear the jihadis' garb of baggy pants and long shirts — making it difficult to distinguish Islamic State militants from civilians.

Hundreds if not thousands of Syrians who fled from other parts of the country now live in tents in Raqqa's streets, vulnerable to both warplanes and ground fighting.

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:19:45 -0600 <![CDATA[Slain man's daughter disputes police account of Paris raid]]> http://gazette.com/slain-mans-daughter-disputes-police-account-of-paris-raid/article/feed/452166?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/slain-mans-daughter-disputes-police-account-of-paris-raid/article/feed/452166?custom_click=rss

PARIS (AP) — The adult daughter of a Chinese man killed in a police raid in Paris says her father never had a chance against the officers who broke down their door and shot him.

The death of 56-year-old Shaoyo Liu on Sunday touched off riots in the northern neighborhood that is home to many of the French capital's Chinese immigrants.

Police say Liu tried to stab an officer, and a member of the team fired in response.

Liu's daughter on Wednesday disputed that account, saying she heard a loud knocking that quickly turned to pounding before police burst inside. She said her father fell to the ground with a bullet wound.

She says he was holding kitchen scissors because he was cooking, but had no time or inclination

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:08:33 -0600 <![CDATA[Joy, sorrow: People in UK, Europe react to Brexit triggering]]> http://gazette.com/joy-sorrow-people-in-uk-europe-react-to-brexit-triggering/article/feed/452167?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/joy-sorrow-people-in-uk-europe-react-to-brexit-triggering/article/feed/452167?custom_click=rss

LONDON (AP) — Across the United Kingdom and throughout Europe, there was joy and sorrow Wednesday as Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered a two-year process that will end with Britain exiting the European Union. The country voted 52 to 48 percent to leave in a June referendum.


Mike Piper, 70, retired, of Dover, England: "All I want to do before I die is see my country free from the shackles of Europe."


Nigel Dentoom, runs a commodities trading company in London: "Obviously there will be a couple of difficult years in negotiation but I think the UK and London in particular will end up being the largest financial center because of its time zone and the resource and the intellectual capital and the

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:04:36 -0600 <![CDATA[Thailand's ex-tourism chief gets 50 years for taking bribes]]> http://gazette.com/thailands-ex-tourism-chief-gets-50-years-for-taking-bribes/article/feed/452140?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/thailands-ex-tourism-chief-gets-50-years-for-taking-bribes/article/feed/452140?custom_click=rss

BANGKOK (AP) — The former head of Thailand's tourism promotion board was sentenced on Wednesday to 50 years in prison for accepting $1.8 million in bribes from two Hollywood producers to let them organize the Bangkok International Film Festival a decade ago.

A court established last year to hear corruption cases found Juthamas Siriwan guilty on 11 counts, each carrying a six-year sentence, but prison sentences are capped at 50 years under Thai law. Her daughter Jittisopa, into whose accounts the money was transferred, was found guilty on 11 counts for which she received a 44-year prison sentence. Juthamas was also ordered to forfeit the bribe money.

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:52:08 -0600 <![CDATA[Etihad to lend US-bound passengers iPads as ban workaround]]> http://gazette.com/etihad-to-lend-us-bound-passengers-ipads-as-ban-workaround/article/feed/452169?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/etihad-to-lend-us-bound-passengers-ipads-as-ban-workaround/article/feed/452169?custom_click=rss DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — One Mideast airline affected by the ban on most electronics in the cabins of U.S.-bound flights will lend iPads to its top-paying travelers.

Etihad Airways said on Wednesday that it will offer the tablets to U.S.-bound passengers in first and business class, along with vouchers for free onboard Wi-Fi starting on April 2.

The U.S. government last week barred passengers from 10 Mideast and North African cities from carrying electronics larger than cell phones onto U.S.-bound flights. Medical devices were exempted.

Etihad's hub in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, was among the cities affected.

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:42:09 -0600 <![CDATA[Calls for UN, Congo to investigate deaths of American, Swede]]> http://gazette.com/calls-for-un-congo-to-investigate-deaths-of-american-swede/article/feed/452170?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/calls-for-un-congo-to-investigate-deaths-of-american-swede/article/feed/452170?custom_click=rss COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Sweden's national police said Wednesday it has initiated a murder investigation into the death in Congo of a Swedish expert for the United Nations, two days after the bodies of the woman and an American colleague were found in a shallow grave.

The brief police statement said police and prosecutors in Sweden were cooperating with the investigation. It was not immediately clear whether a similar probe had been opened in Congo. Swedish police declined to comment further.

Sweden's prime minister urged the U.N. and Congo to investigate after the bodies were found Monday in a central Congo province that in recent months has seen hundreds killed in violence between security forces and local militia fight

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:38:27 -0600 <![CDATA[Britain's Prince Charles on tour of Romania, Italy, Austria]]> http://gazette.com/britains-prince-charles-on-tour-of-romania-italy-austria/article/feed/452171?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/britains-prince-charles-on-tour-of-romania-italy-austria/article/feed/452171?custom_click=rss BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Britain's Prince Charles has arrived in Bucharest at the start of a nine-day tour to Romania, Italy and Austria that the British government hopes will reassure European Union nations that Britain remains a close ally despite its intention to quit the bloc.

Charles arrived in Romania on Wednesday, the same day British Prime Minister Theresa May launched the Brexit process. President Klaus Iohannis planned to give him the Order of the Star of Romania, an award for exceptional service to Romania.

The prince regularly visits Romania and owns two properties in Transylvania. In 2015, he set up The Prince of Wales Foundation Romania, a charity that supports the East European nation's heritage, rural life

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:37:25 -0600 <![CDATA[French candidate Macron wins new supporter: former PM Valls]]> http://gazette.com/french-candidate-macron-wins-new-supporter-former-pm-valls/article/feed/452153?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/french-candidate-macron-wins-new-supporter-former-pm-valls/article/feed/452153?custom_click=rss

PARIS (AP) — French centrist presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron has won the backing of former Prime Minister Manuel Valls, a high-profile yet embarrassing supporter for the independent candidate who tries to distance himself from the traditional political parties.

Valls said on BFM television Wednesday he will vote for Macron in the two-round presidential vote on April 23 and May 7 "because I think we must take no risk for the Republic".

Valls, a Socialist, considers the centrist as the best candidate to face far-right leader Marine le Pen.

Valls' endorsement of Macron is a further blow to the campaign of Socialist candidate Benoit Hamon.

Polls suggest Macron is the front-runner in the election and Hamon has n

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]]> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 08:33:00 -0600 <![CDATA[German court urged to reopen Auschwitz medic trial]]> http://gazette.com/german-court-urged-to-reopen-auschwitz-medic-trial/article/feed/452168?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/german-court-urged-to-reopen-auschwitz-medic-trial/article/feed/452168?custom_click=rss BERLIN (AP) — A group of Holocaust survivors, historians and others are urging a German court to reopen as soon as possible the trial of an ex-SS medic who served at the Auschwitz death camp.

In a letter to the Neubrandenburg state court provided to The Associated Press Wednesday, the group accused the presiding judge of a "partisan approach" and being more concerned with the physical condition of Hubert Zafke than "the defendant's responsibility."

The trial has been postponed repeatedly after judges ruled the 96-year-old was unfit.

In December, the court rejected a complaint filed by prosecutors and attorneys representing Auschwitz victims and their families to remove the judges for alleged bias.

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