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April 17, 2014 - 4:14pm
2 min 13 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at home in Mexico City around midday, according to people close to his family. He was 87.

Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, Garcia Marquez achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark...

April 17, 2014 - 4:11pm
2 min 13 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at home in Mexico City around midday, according to people close to his family. He was 87.

Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, Garcia Marquez achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark...

April 17, 2014 - 4:06pm
2 min 13 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A person close to the family has confirmed reports that that Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died. He was 87.

Garcia Marquez's magical realist novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America's passion, superstition, violence and inequality. Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, Garcia Marquez achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons...

April 17, 2014 - 3:47pm
12 min 5 sec ago

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — A coast guard official in South Korea says investigators are looking into whether the captain of the sunken ferry got on the first rescue boat at the scene. The captain was among the crew members who survived the sinking, which may have killed nearly 300 people.

There are still more than 270 people unaccounted for, while the number of confirmed deaths has reached 20.

A crew member says as the ship started to list, there was...

April 17, 2014 - 3:39pm
12 min 5 sec ago

GENEVA (AP) — Ukraine's foreign minister says the agreement reached in Geneva today will be a "test" to see if Russia really wants to see stability in the region.

After seven hours of negotiations, top diplomats from the U.S., Europe, Russia and Ukraine agreed on some immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine.

It doesn't spell out any specific directions for Ukraine's future. But it requires all sides to halt any violence, intimidation or...

April 17, 2014 - 2:44pm
12 min 5 sec ago

MOSCOW (AP) — Kremlin-controlled television channels criticized The Associated Press' international television service for cutting into its live feed of President Vladimir Putin's nearly four-hour call-in show to send footage from other developing news stories, including the attempted raid on a Ukrainian national guard base.

The video service, APTN Direct, is a closed-circuit channel that provides coverage of live events and breaking news to clients worldwide to use as...

April 17, 2014 - 2:42pm
12 min 5 sec ago

KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian officials say machete-wielding thugs have attacked delegates at a meeting of Nigeria's main opposition coalition, wounding scores in the northern city of Kaduna.

Aisha Umar of the National Electoral Commission says the attackers on Thursday hacked off the arm of a man carrying a ballot box. Scores of people were hospitalized.

She says thugs armed with machetes, knives and clubs also hijacked the ballot boxes for the...

April 17, 2014 - 2:39pm
12 min 5 sec ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A freak spring hailstorm has caused havoc for thousands of people trying to leaving Mexico City for Easter weekend.

The heavy storm hit Wednesday evening on the mountain pass west of Mexico City, halting all movement on the main highways toward cities such as Toluca, Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta.

Thousands of people spent the night trapped in their cars before officials finally opened the road after dawn on Thursday. Many missed...

April 17, 2014 - 2:38pm
12 min 5 sec ago

LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peruvian authorities have ordered the preventative evacuation of 4,000 people living near the Ubinas volcano, which has been spouting ash clouds up to 2 miles (nearly 4 kilometers) high.

The Andina state news agency quotes Agriculture Minister Juan Benites as saying it will take three days beginning Thursday to move the residents of two southern districts and their 30,000 sheep, cows, horses, burros and other animals.

Peru's health...

April 17, 2014 - 2:25pm
2 min 13 sec ago

PARIS (AP) — French special forces backed by helicopters led a pre-dawn operation Thursday and freed five humanitarian aid workers who had been held captive by a "terrorist group" — killing about 10 of the alleged militants, officials said.

Working off intelligence tips, the French forces intercepted two pickup trucks carrying the hostage-takers and their captors north of the historic city of Timbuktu, one of three major towns in a vast region on the Sahara's southern...

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