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SSudan: 12 die after mob attacks UN base

Apr 17, 2014

By ILYA GRIDNEFF, Associated Press

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — An angry mob of South Sudanese youths attacked a U.N. base on Thursday in order to harm members of an ethnic minority sheltering inside. Peacekeepers were forced to open fire, amid rampaging violence that killed at least 12 people,

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

Apr 17, 2014

By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO and FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press

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 ...

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Ukraine OKs intl court, may probe Kiev deaths

Apr 17, 2014

By MIKE CORDER, Associated Press

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Ukraine has accepted the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court, opening the way for a possible investigation of the violent crackdown by former President Viktor Yanukovych's government on demonstrators, the court announced ...

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Works by Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Apr 17, 2014

By The Associated Press

Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez was among Latin America's most popular writers and widely considered the father of a literary style known as magic realism.

Here is a partial list of his works:

FICTION:

"No One Writes to the Colonel and Other Stories," 1961

"One ...

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Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

Apr 17, 2014

By E. EDUARDO CASTILLO and FRANK BAJAK, Associated Press

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 ...

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Nigerians search unsafe forest for abducted girls

Apr 17, 2014

By HARUNA UMAR and MICHELLE FAUL, Associated Press

MAIDUGURI, Nigeria (AP) — Able-bodied men from the Nigerian town of Chibok have taken to the dangerous Sambisa Forest to search for more than 100 abducted girls and young women whom the military claimed to have freed from their Islamic extremist ...

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UN Security Council meets on rights in North Korea

Apr 17, 2014

By CARA ANNA, Associated Press

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."

It was the ...

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French military frees 5 aid workers in N Mali

Apr 17, 2014

By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — French special forces backed by helicopters led a pre-dawn operation in northern Mail 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 ...

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Pistorius trial: Prosecutor chides defense witness

Apr 17, 2014

By GERALD IMRAY and CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA, Associated Press

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — An expert witness for the defense at the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius was supposed to help the athlete's assertion that he killed his girlfriend by mistake last year, but he ended his testimony on Thursday ...

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Russian state media claim AP skews Putin coverage

Apr 17, 2014

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 ...

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Turkey increases spy agency's powers

Apr 17, 2014

By SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's parliament on Thursday approved a bill that increases the powers and immunities of the country's spy agency. It's the latest in a string of moves that critics say is undermining the country's democracy.

The bill, which requires ...

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Jones, Godard, Cronenberg in competition at Cannes

Apr 17, 2014

By JAMEY KEATEN, Associated Press

PARIS (AP) — David Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western, and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing for top honors at next month's Cannes Film Festival.

Organizers of the ritzy Riviera festival famed ...

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Kerry: Steps embraced to ease tensions in Ukraine

Apr 17, 2014

GENEVA (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says diplomats from Russia, the United States, the European Union and Ukraine have agreed on a series of steps aimed at de-escalating violence in strife-ridden Ukraine.

He said all of this "represents a good day's work." But Kerry also says "words on ...

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Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions

Apr 17, 2014

By LARA JAKES and JOHN HEILPRIN, Associated Press

GENEVA (AP) — Top diplomats from the United States, European Union, Russia and Ukraine reached agreement Thursday on immediate steps to ease the crisis in Ukraine.

The agreement, reached after seven hours of negotiation in Geneva, requires all sides ...

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Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite

Apr 17, 2014

By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 elderly and disabled people Thursday — women and non-Catholics among them — in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave."

Francis' decision in 2013 to perform the Holy ...

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Spate of Mideast virus infections raises concerns

Apr 17, 2014

ADAM SCHRECK, Associated Press

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A recent spate of infections from a frequently deadly Middle East virus is raising new worries about efforts to contain the illness, with infectious disease experts urging greater vigilance in combatting its spread.

More than 20 ...

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Romanian premier co-pilots US F-16 fighter jet

Apr 17, 2014

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romania's prime minister has co-piloted an F-16 fighter jet at the end of Romanian and U.S. air exercises.

Dressed in a flight suit, Victor Ponta visited the Campia Turzii military air base in northwest Romania where about 450 U.S. and Romanian troops and technical staff ...

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Berlusconi: glad to help elderly as punishment

Apr 17, 2014

ROME (AP) — Former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi says he's glad a Milan court ordered him to help the elderly as part of his punishment for a tax fraud conviction.

The 77-year-old media mogul spoke to reporters Thursday about a court order earlier in the week that he must spend four hours ...

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Putin hopes no need to send troops into Ukraine

Apr 17, 2014

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday rejected claims that Russian special forces are fomenting unrest in eastern Ukraine, but recognized for the first time that the troops in unmarked uniforms who had overtaken Ukraine's Crimean ...

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Evacuation came too late for many on sinking ferry

Apr 17, 2014

By YOUKYUNG LEE and FOSTER KLUG, Associated Press

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) — An immediate evacuation order was not issued for the ferry that sank off South Korea's southern coast, likely with scores of people trapped inside, because officers on the bridge were trying to stabilize the vessel after it ...

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