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April 18, 2014 - 2:33am
8 min 55 sec ago

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's president has underscored his moderate policies and outreach to the West during a military parade marking the country's National Army Day.

Hassan Rouhani said on Friday that Iran has no hostile intentions toward anyone in the world, including the United States, which has long been considered an enemy.

He says: "We are not after war, we are after logic, we are after talks."

The remarks were a stark...

April 18, 2014 - 2:18am
8 min 55 sec ago

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Following is the transcript released by the Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries of the conversation between Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) on Jeju Island and The Sewol, the ferry that sank on Wednesday. The original transcript is in Korean and the translation was done by The Associated Press. It starts off form the first distress call made by the ferry:

Radio conversation on VHF (very high frequency) Channel 12

8:55 a...

April 18, 2014 - 1:42am
8 min 55 sec ago

SAN PEDRO CUTUD, Philippines (AP) — Devotees in northern Philippine villages had themselves nailed to wooded crosses to re-enact the crucifixion of Jesus Christ as thousands of local and foreign spectators watched the bloody annual rites to mark Good Friday in Asia's largest Roman Catholic nation.

Church leaders and health officials have spoken against the practice which mixes Roman Catholic devotion with folk belief, but the annual rites continue to draw participants...

April 18, 2014 - 1:20am
8 min 55 sec ago

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest on Friday along a route used to climb the world's highest peak, killing at least six Nepalese guides and leaving nine missing, officials said.

The Sherpa guides had gone early in the morning to fix ropes for hundreds of climbers when the avalanche hit them just below Camp 2 about 6:30 a.m., said Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal, speaking from the base camp where he is monitoring the...

April 18, 2014 - 12:15am
1 hour 58 min ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez crafted intoxicating fiction from the fatalism, fantasy, cruelty and heroics of the world that set his mind churning as a child growing up on Colombia's Caribbean coast.

One of the most revered and influential writers of his generation, he brought Latin America's charm and maddening contradictions to life in the minds of millions and became the best-known practitioner of "magical realism," a blending of fantastic...

April 18, 2014 - 12:13am
2 hours 28 min ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America's passions, superstition, violence and social inequality.

Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, the Colombian-born Nobel laureate achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain...

April 18, 2014 - 12:06am
2 hours 28 min ago

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Here are some excerpts from the works of Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

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"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendia was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice." — One Hundred Years of Solitude

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"It was inevitable: the scent of bitter almonds always reminded him of the fate of unrequited love." - Love in the Time of Cholera...

April 18, 2014 - 12:02am
2 hours 28 min ago

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — Don Arias stormed out of the meeting with the defense lawyers at this U.S. Navy base after less than 15 minutes. He was soon followed by three others who also lost family members in the 9/11 terror attack.

They had agreed to meet with lawyers appointed to defend five men charged in the attack. It was an effort at outreach the attorneys hoped would give an understanding of their difficult role. Instead, it stoked the anger of people...

April 17, 2014 - 11:17pm
8 min 55 sec ago

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepalese tourism official says six local guides have been killed and nine more are missing after an avalanche swept a route used to ascend the world's highest peak.

Nepal Tourism Ministry official Krishna Lamsal says the avalanche hit just below Mount Everest Camp 2 around 6:30 a.m. Friday.

He says four bodies have been recovered and rescuers are digging two more out of the snow. Nine other Sherpa guides are still unaccounted...

April 17, 2014 - 10:37pm
3 hours 38 min ago

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Coast guard officials say divers have begun pumping air into a submerged South Korean ship 48 hours after it listed and sank. But it wasn't immediately clear if the air was for survivors or for a salvage operation.

Strong currents and bad weather have so far prevented divers from searching for more than 270 people missing since the ferry listed and sank on Wednesday. Officials said Friday in a statement that divers were still trying to enter the...

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