• Nobel winner Garcia Marquez, master of magical realism, dies at 87

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  • Japan to arm remote western island, risking more China tension

    By Nobuhiro Kubo TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is sending 100 soldiers and radar to its westernmost outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, in a deployment that risks angering China with ties between Asia's biggest economies already hurt by a dispute over nearby islands they both claim. Japanese Defence…

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  • Students add Easter twist to dwindling Venezuela protests

    By Andrew Cawthorne and Deisy Buitrago CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan students are marching barefoot, building crucifixes and planning to burn effigies of President Nicolas Maduro to try and breathe new life into their protest movement over Easter. The religious-themed demonstrations are the…

  • Enrollment surge should end debate over Obamacare, Obama says

    President Obama argued Thursday that new enrollment numbers should effectively end the highly partisan debate over the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Eight million people have now signed up for health coverage on government-run exchanges. That’s 1 million more than the Obama administration’s original…

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  • Chelsea Clinton baby: Will Hillary Clinton be less likely to run in 2016?

    The news that Chelsea Clinton is pregnant has triggered a royal baby watch, American-style. Ms. Clinton, the only child of former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, announced Thursday that she is expecting her first child. No word yet on when Clinton is…

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  • Ukraine deal aims to stop violence: Can it work?

    Nations involved in the Ukraine crisis pledged an easing of tensions Thursday, opening a possible path toward resolving Ukraine’s future without further Russian military intervention. US Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of Russia, Ukraine, and the European Union issued a…

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  • 'One Boston' or two? Hospital wants to be strong for all victims of violence

    As Boston remembers the bombings that ended three lives and forever changed scores of others, a city hospital is reminding the public – and, perhaps, itself – that the events at the Boston Marathon finish line were not the only test of the city’s strength: In some neighborhoods, such tests, if…

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  • Rescuers rush to reach hundreds in SKorean ferry

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — Rescuers scrambled to find hundreds of ferry passengers still missing Friday and feared dead, as fresh questions emerged about whether quicker action by the captain of the doomed ship could have saved lives.

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  • 6 killed, 9 missing in avalanche on Everest

    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.

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  • Chinese relatives pray over lost Malaysian plane

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — Six weeks into the extensive search for the lost Malaysia Airlines plane without so much as a piece of debris yet found, several Chinese relatives met Friday to pray for spouses who never came home, while begging for answers that could end their misery of not knowing.

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  • Transcript of conversation between ferry, shore

    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…

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  • Ukrainian unity on display with peaceful rallies

    MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Thousands gathered for peaceful demonstrations Thursday in at least four eastern cities to denounce Russia for its perceived meddling in Ukrainian affairs, a day after the most lethal clash so far killed three pro-Russian activists.

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  • Grief in town of students missing in ferry sinking

    ANSAN, South Korea (AP) — The most poignant reminders of what's been lost here are the most ordinary.

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  • World reacts to death of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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  • Hamilton sets the pace in Chinese GP practice

    SHANGHAI (AP) — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton recovered from an early suspension problem to set the fastest practice time at the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday, narrowly edging Fernando Alonso of Ferrari.

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  • Vietnam pulls out of hosting Asian Games

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam has withdrawn as the host of the 2019 Asian Games, saying it lacked funds and the country's reputation could be at risk if the event flops.

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  • Brewers seeks to rekindle Belgium's love of beer

    DWORP, Belgium (AP) — The ruby lettering on the front of the old corner pub "In de Welkom" has peeled almost beyond recognition. Owner Leza Wauters, a tough 87-year-old, is holding on to her business but can't say how much longer. Sooner or later, yet another bar with a warm "Welcome" will be gone.

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  • Filipino devotees re-enact crucifixion of Christ

    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.

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  • Christians mark Good Friday in the Holy Land

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