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Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
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.... 4/17/2014 9:08 PM

Confused, chaotic scene described on sinking ferry
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- The captain of a doomed ferry delayed evacuation for half an hour after a South Korean transportation official ordered preparations to abandon ship, raising more questions about whether quick action could have saved scores of passengers still missing Friday and feared dead, according to a transcript of the ship-to-shore exchange and interviews with a crewmember.... 4/17/2014 9:04 PM

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HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -- Vietnam has withdrawn as the host of the 2019 Asian Games, saying it lacked funds and the country's reputation could be at risk if things don't go smoothly.... 4/17/2014 8:56 PM

Guantanamo trial in 9/11 veers off track again
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) -- An effort to prosecute the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack and four co-defendants veered off track again Thursday as a pretrial hearing ended with new obstacles that threaten to further derail the case before a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay.... 4/17/2014 8:52 PM

Dutch man's case linked to Amanda Todd
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Canadian police confirmed Thursday an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed to expose herself in front of a webcam. The 15-year-old later committed suicide after detailing her harassment on a YouTube video watched by millions around the world.... 4/17/2014 8:44 PM

Nobel laureate Garcia Marquez dies at 87
MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose intoxicating novels and short stories exposed millions outside Latin America to its passions, superstition, violence and social inequality, died at home in Mexico City on Thursday. He was 87.... 4/17/2014 8:22 PM

UN Security Council meets on rights in North Korea
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.... 4/17/2014 7:39 PM

Opposition cries fraud in Algerian election
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- The main opposition candidate in Algeria's presidential elections cried foul late Thursday night hours after voting ended, alleging massive fraud and vowing to reject any results announced.... 4/17/2014 7:26 PM

Gulf Arab states strike new deal to heal rifts
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.... 4/17/2014 6:38 PM

Ukraine OKs intl court, may probe Kiev deaths
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 Thursday.... 4/17/2014 5:58 PM

Who gained, and what, at Ukraine talks
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.... 4/17/2014 5:54 PM

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.... 4/17/2014 5:48 PM

Deal reached on calming Ukraine tensions _ for now
GENEVA (AP) -- In a surprise accord, Ukraine and Russia agreed Thursday on tentative steps to halt violence and calm tensions along their shared border after more than a month of Cold War-style military posturing triggered by Moscow's annexation of Crimea.... 4/17/2014 5:26 PM

Nigerians search unsafe forest for abducted girls
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 kidnappers, an education official said Thursday.... 4/17/2014 5:24 PM

US senators support Moldova in EU bid
CHISINAU, Moldova (AP) -- Four U.S. senators visited Moldova Thursday to lend support to the former Soviet republic's move toward the European Union, while Russian President Vladimir Putin urged Ukraine to end a blockade of the country's separatist province Trans-Dniester.... 4/17/2014 5:12 PM

French military frees 5 aid workers in N Mali
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.... 4/17/2014 5:10 PM

Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy
PARIS (AP) -- Small underground nuclear power plants that could be cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster, the incoming head of the Nuclear Energy Agency told The Associated Press.... 4/17/2014 5:06 PM

Argentina considers crackdown on street protests
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.... 4/17/2014 5:01 PM

UN: Iran cuts stock closest to nuke-arms grade
VIENNA (AP) -- Iran has converted three quarters of a nuclear stockpile that it could have turned quickly into weapons-grade uranium into less volatile forms and is well on the way toward transforming the rest, the U.N. atomic agency reported Thursday.... 4/17/2014 3:47 PM

Pistorius trial: Prosecutor chides defense witness
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 amid blistering attacks on his credibility by a prosecutor who accused him of slipshod analysis and fuzzy explanations.... 4/17/2014 3:39 PM