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April 17, 2014 - 5:15pm
6 min 4 sec ago

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The Western-allied Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council said Thursday the bloc has agreed on the mechanisms to implement a security pact, marking a possible first step toward bridging deep rifts among its six energy-rich states.

Qatar's official news agency confirmed that Doha's Foreign Minister Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah took part in the GCC Foreign Ministers meeting held in Saudi Arabia's capital of Riyadh. The GCC statement was...

April 17, 2014 - 5:00pm
1 hour 56 min ago

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Dutch prosecutors have filed indecent assault and child pornography charges against a 35-year-old man suspected of blackmailing underage girls to perform sexual acts in front of a webcam.

Dutch broadcaster Omroep Brabant has suggested the unidentified suspect's case may be related to that of 15-year-old Canadian girl Amanda Todd. Todd committed suicide in 2012 after being victimized in a similar manner, and bullied.

Lawyer Christian...

April 17, 2014 - 4:42pm
2 hours 16 min ago

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina's populist government is proposing a crackdown on street protests amid increasing unrest over the souring economy. The new rules dismayed many of its natural allies Thursday, who called it a worrisome retreat after a decade of permissive policing.

Governing party lawmaker Carlos Kunkel wrote the proposed law at the request of President Cristina Fernandez.

It would require every protest's leader to notify...

April 17, 2014 - 4:33pm
6 min 4 sec ago

MOSCOW (AP) — The talks in Geneva on Ukraine brought together four parties that had seemed extremely far apart on some issues, but within a few hours they produced a broad agreement that holds out substantial hope for a crisis that appeared on the verge of spinning out of control.

In what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry described, with seeming understatement, as "a good day's work," Ukraine, Russia, the U.S. and the European Union each achieved initial satisfaction on...

April 17, 2014 - 4:30pm
6 min 4 sec ago

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The head of the commission of inquiry that accused North Korea of crimes against humanity told the U.N. Security Council on Thursday that it must take action against "a totalitarian state without parallel in the contemporary world," and he told reporters that most council members "expressly said" the matter should be referred to the International Criminal Court.

It was the first time the council had met to discuss the unprecedented U.N. report that...

April 17, 2014 - 4:29pm
1 hour 56 min 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 on Thursday. 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 Twain and Charles Dickens....

April 17, 2014 - 4:14pm
6 min 4 sec 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 17, 2014 - 4:11pm
1 hour 46 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 17, 2014 - 4:06pm
3 hours 6 min 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
3 hours 16 min 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...

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