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Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87
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.... 4/17/2014 5:27 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

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."... 4/17/2014 5:23 PM

Gulf Arab states strike new deal to heal rifts
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- A statement by the Gulf Cooperation Council says 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 Arab states.... 4/17/2014 5:15 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

Dutch man's case may be linked to Amanda Todd
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.... 4/17/2014 5:00 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 that holds out substantial hope for a crisis that appeared on the verge of spinning out of control.... 4/17/2014 4:33 PM

Confused, chaotic scene described on sinking ferry
MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- There was chaos and confusion on the bridge of a sinking ferry, with the captain first trying to stabilize the listing vessel before ordering its evacuation, a crewman said Thursday.... 4/17/2014 4:26 PM

Algeria's ailing president votes from wheelchair
ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) -- Algeria's ailing president was wheeled to the voting booth on Thursday to cast his ballot for his fourth term in an election he is expected to dominate as the few Algerians that do bother going to the polls will most likely choose stability over change.... 4/17/2014 3:56 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

Ukrainian unity on display with peaceful rallies
MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) -- Ukrainian unity was on display Thursday night as peaceful demonstrations were held in at least four eastern cities condemning Russia for its perceived meddling in Ukrainian affairs.... 4/17/2014 3:39 PM

Researcher finds flaw in Samsung fingerprint check
BERLIN (AP) -- A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print.... 4/17/2014 3:34 PM

Peru volcano prompts evacuation of 4,000
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- Peruvian authorities have ordered the preventative evacuation of 4,000 people living near the Ubinas volcano, which has been spouting ash clouds up to 2 miles (nearly 4 kilometers) high.... 4/17/2014 3:02 PM

Salsa great Cheo Feliciano dies in car crash at 78
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Puerto Rican salsa legend Cheo Feliciano died in a car accident early Thursday, prompting the governor of the U.S. territory to declare three days of mourning.... 4/17/2014 2:58 PM

Russian state media claim AP skews Putin coverage
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 Ukrainian national guard base.... 4/17/2014 2:44 PM