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US, Turkey plan for 'safe zone' free of IS in Syria

...has yet been finalized, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity under regulations.In Washington, State Department spokesman John Kirby said any joint military efforts with Turkey would not include the imposition of a no-fly...
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Bering Sea halibut bycatch cut leaves both trawlers and halibut fishermen unhappy

...thinking this is a step backward," said council vice chairman Bill Tweit during the meeting.Tweit, of the Washington state Department of Fish and Wildlife, was immediately met by shouts from fishermen in the audience. About an hour earlier...
S. Korea agency: N. Korea executed defense chief North Korea. Information about the secretive, authoritarian state is often impossible to confirm.In Washington, State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said the U.S. can't confirm reporting of the execution of North Korean officials...
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Yemen's humanitarian truce barely holds as violence resumes

...Marzieh Afkham said Iran would not permit any country involved in the Yemen war to inspect its cargo.In Washington, State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke said the U.S. opposed the idea of governments delivering their own assistance outside...
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Man with traffic complaint arrested on outstanding Washington warrant

...extraditable no-bail warrant," she said in an interview Thursday.The warrant was issued in August 2011 by the Washington State Department of Corrections after Whisenant failed to report for community supervision, which is akin to probation, according...
Chinese ban of US shellfish to continue

...that the country said tested above its standard for inorganic arsenic.Later sampling and testing by the Washington State Department of Health concluded that arsenic levels were safe - even according to Chinese standards. The tests did reveal...
Pakistani activists accuse outed US spy of murder

...fighting al-Qaida and Taliban militants based in Pakistan who are outside the reach of American soldiers.In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki declined comment about the political party's letter or demands. She described "a...
Syria says it won't give up power in peace talks

...Syrian people alone will decide upon their future and their leaders" and will not allow any meddling.In Washington, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the end goal of the Geneva gathering next year must be a transitional government...
Cruise line to improve waste water management

BELLEVUE, Wash. - The Washington state Department of Ecology on Thursday ordered Norwegian Cruise Line to improve its waste water management and establish a system to guard against...
Institute to study wait times at Canadian border

...Blaine, Wash., crossing. Some have questions whether the lane should continue. The institute will conduct field research starting Tuesday and through April 14. Money is provided by the Washington State Department of Transportation.
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