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

    By Anahi Rama MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. A prolific writer who started out as a newspaper…

  • Algeria's Bouteflika set for re-election, foes cry fraud

    By Patrick Markey ALGIERS (Reuters) - Algeria's President Abdelaziz Bouteflika appeared set to win re-election for another five years on Friday after a vote opponents dismissed as a stage-managed fraud to keep the ailing leader in power. Sitting a wheelchair, Bouteflika cast his vote on Thursday in…

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  • Top Hollande aide quits in conflict of interest row

    CLERMONT-FERRAND, France (Reuters) - A senior adviser to French President Francois Hollande quit on Friday over accusations of past conflict of interest linked to his work for pharmaceutical firms, adding to pressure on the unpopular Socialist leader weeks before European elections. Aquilino…

  • After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

    Moments after he tumbled more than 30 feet down the side of a mountain in 2009, Danny Bent opened his eyes, regained use of his limbs, found his bike, and climbed back up to the road to rejoin his friends for the last 60 miles of their cycling trip. The young man from Devon, England, traded in his…

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  • 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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  • Doomed ferry's sharp turn, slow evacuation probed

    MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — The investigation into South Korea's ferry disaster focused on the sharp turn it took just before it began listing and on the possibility that a quicker evacuation order by the captain could have saved lives, officials said Friday, as rescuers struggled to find some 270…

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  • Ukrainian insurgents reject call to quit buildings

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian insurgents in Ukraine's east who have been occupying government buildings in more than 10 cities said Friday they will only leave them if the interim government in Kiev resigns.

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  • 12 killed, 3 missing in avalanche on Everest

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — An avalanche swept down a climbing route on Mount Everest early Friday, killing at least 12 Nepalese guides and leaving three missing in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak.

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  • Australia's Houston: Calm face of Flight 370 hunt

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — He speaks with a calm, steady voice as he tackles question after question in an attempt to explain one of the biggest mysteries the modern world has ever known: What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?

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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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  • AP PHOTOS: Marking Jesus' journey on Good Friday

    Around the world, Christians are coming together in observance of Good Friday, which they believe was the day Jesus was crucified.

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  • Trott to take 'immediate break' from cricket, says ECB

    The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Friday confirmed that batsman Jonathan Trott is to take another break from all cricket with immediate effect. Trott, who pulled out of England's tour of Australia and spent four months out of the game with what the ECB described as a "stress-related…

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  • Burundi creates reconciliation body that divides public opinion

    By Patrick Nduwimana BUJUMBURA (Reuters) - Burundi, locked in its worst political crisis since its civil war ended in 2005, has created a reconciliation commission that opposition parties say will shield the ruling party from accountability for past crimes. The ruling CNDD-FDD party voted late on…

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  • 57-nation group plays key Ukraine monitoring role

    VIENNA (AP) — A team from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe is going to try to help de-escalate Russian-Ukrainian tensions after the two nations agreed to work on reducing frictions sparked by Moscow's annexation of Crimea.

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  • UK looking into death of teenager in Syria

    LONDON (AP) — British officials say they are looking into the death of a British teenager in Syria.

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  • Atlanta residents object to planned priests' home

    ATLANTA (AP) — Residents are objecting to the Archdiocese of Atlanta's plans to renovate a house in the city's upscale Buckhead neighborhood so it can be a home for a group of priests.

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  • Vice-principal of South Korea school in ferry disaster commits suicide

    By Jungmin Jang and Ju-min Park MOKPO/JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - The vice-principal of a South Korean high school who accompanied hundreds of pupils on a ferry that capsized has committed suicide, police said on Friday, as hopes faded of finding any of the 268 missing alive. The Sewol,…

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  • Japan to hunt fewer whales in Pacific this season

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan will target fewer whales when its Pacific hunt begins next week and will observe them in the Antarctic next season with the aim of resuming full-fledged commercial whaling, the fisheries minister said Friday.

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