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  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

    Associated Press - 1 hour 1 minute ago

    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. More »Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel laureate, dies at 87

  • Nobel laureate Garcia Marquez dies at 87

    Associated Press - 5 minutes ago

    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. More »Nobel laureate Garcia Marquez dies at 87

  • Divers enter capsized South Korean ferry in hunt for survivors

    Reuters - 9 minutes ago

    By Jungmin Jang and Ju-min Park MOKPO/JINDO, South Korea (Reuters) - A team of eight divers had entered a capsized South Korean ferry on Friday and was searching for survivors, although they were unlikely to find anyone alive from among hundreds still missing more than 48 hours after the vessel began sinking. The ship is now fully submerged in waters about 25 km (15 miles) off the southwestern coast of South Korea. More »Divers enter capsized South Korean ferry in hunt for survivors

  • Still no success as deep-sea drone searches for MH370

    Reuters - 13 minutes ago

    By Byron Kaye PERTH, Australia (Reuters) - Hopes that a deep sea drone scouring the Indian Ocean floor might soon turn up a missing Malaysian jetliner were fading on Friday, as the remote-controlled submarine embarked on a fifth mission with still no sign of wreckage. Sonar footage by the U.S. Navy owned Bluefin-21 has become the focal point of the search some 2,000 kms (1,200 miles) west of the Australian city of Perth, where authorities believe Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 hit the ocean after disappearing from radars on March 8 with 239 people on board. The search has centred on a city-sized area where a series of "pings" led authorities to believe the plane's black box may be located. But after four missions to depths of about 4.5 kms (2.8 miles), two of those aborted early for technical reasons, Australian search authorities said on Friday that the drone had yet to turn up a meaningful lead. More »Still no success as deep-sea drone searches for MH370

  • Top Asian News at 2:30 a.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 26 minutes ago

    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. The order by an unidentified official at the Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center to put on lifejackets and prepare for evacuation came just five minutes after a Wednesday morning distress call by the Sewol ferry. The ferry, which was bound for Jeju island, replied that "it's hard for people to move." More »Top Asian News at 2:30 a.m. GMT

  • Armed mob under guise of peaceful protest attacks U.N. in South Sudan

    Reuters - 27 minutes ago

    By Michelle Nichols UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A mob of armed civilians pretending to be peaceful protesters delivering a petition to the United Nations in South Sudan forced their way into a U.N. base sheltering some 5,000 civilians on Thursday and opened fire, the world body said. A U.N. source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said at least 48 people had been killed and 60 wounded in the attack on the base in Bor in northern Jonglei state, where there are Indian and South Korean U.N. peacekeepers. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said dozens of civilians were wounded, but the exact number of people killed or wounded had not yet been confirmed. Two U.N. peacekeepers were wounded repelling the armed mob, he said. More »Armed mob under guise of peaceful protest attacks U.N. in South Sudan

  • Jury convicts husband in Iraqi woman's death

    Associated Press - 52 minutes ago

    EL CAJON, Calif. (AP) — An Iraqi immigrant was convicted Thursday of bludgeoning his wife to death in a case that initially was considered a hate crime because a note found next to her body said: "This is my country, go back to yours, you terrorist." More »Jury convicts husband in Iraqi woman's death

  • Top Asian News at 2:00 a.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 57 minutes ago

    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. The order by an unidentified official at the Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center to put on lifejackets and prepare for evacuation came just five minutes after a Wednesday morning distress call by the Sewol ferry. The ferry, which was bound for Jeju island, replied that "it's hard for people to move." More »Top Asian News at 2:00 a.m. GMT

  • Third officer, not captain, at helm when South Korean ferry capsized - investigator

    Reuters - 1 hour 7 minutes ago

    The third officer was at the helm of a South Korean ferry when it capsized on Wednesday with 475 people on board, an investigating prosecutor told a news conference on Friday, and the captain may not even have been on the bridge at the time. "He may have been off the bridge ... and the person at the helm at the time was the third officer," the investigator said. More »Third officer, not captain, at helm when South Korean ferry capsized - investigator

  • Chelsea Clinton expecting first child this fall

    Associated Press - 1 hour 10 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — For the Clintons, 2014 is the year of the baby. More »Chelsea Clinton expecting first child this fall

  • Sub scours ocean for missing Malaysian jet

    Associated Press - 1 hour 10 minutes ago

    PERTH, Australia (AP) — A robotic submarine headed back down into the depths of the Indian Ocean on Friday to scour the seafloor for any trace of the missing Malaysian jet, as data from the sub's previous missions turned up no evidence of the plane. More »Sub scours ocean for missing Malaysian jet

  • Colorado advances edible marijuana restrictions

    Associated Press - 1 hour 11 minutes ago

    A Colorado proposal to widen a ban on certain types of edible marijuana advanced Thursday in the state House amid concerns that it could be too broad. What lawmakers are trying to prevent is accidental ... More »Colorado advances edible marijuana restrictions

  • SSudan: 12 die after mob attacks UN base

    Associated Press - 1 hour 20 minutes ago

    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, officials there said. More »SSudan: 12 die after mob attacks UN base

  • UN envoy urges Syria's warring sides to save Homs

    Associated Press - 1 hour 26 minutes ago

    BEIRUT (AP) — The United Nations envoy to Syria on Thursday said the besieged central city of Homs has become a "theater of death and destruction," and he urged both sides in the country's civil war to return to negotiations. More »UN envoy urges Syria's warring sides to save Homs

  • Top Asian News at 1:30 a.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 1 hour 27 minutes ago

    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. The order by an unidentified official at the Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center to put on lifejackets and prepare for evacuation came just five minutes after a Wednesday morning distress call by the Sewol ferry. The ferry, which was bound for Jeju island, replied that "it's hard for people to move." More »Top Asian News at 1:30 a.m. GMT

  • Obama: Ukraine diplomacy holds hope but sanctions ready

    Reuters - 1 hour 28 minutes ago

    By Mark Felsenthal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama said on Thursday that talks between Russia and Western powers aimed at ending tensions in Ukraine have potential but warned that the United States and its allies are prepared to impose more sanctions on Russia if the situation fails to improve. "There is the possibility, the prospect, that diplomacy may de-escalate the situation." However, Obama said he has been in close consultation with European allies and that a new round of sanctions is ready to go if Russia fails to help restore order in the east and south of Ukraine. More »Obama: Ukraine diplomacy holds hope but sanctions ready

  • 2 long-time friends discuss the First Amendment

    Associated Press - 1 hour 31 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The legality of government surveillance is likely to come before the Supreme Court someday, and Justices Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg appear less than thrilled at the prospect. More »2 long-time friends discuss the First Amendment

  • Japan PM talks to U.S. Biden over Ukraine - Kyodo

    Reuters - 1 hour 36 minutes ago

    TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a phone conversation with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden apparently on the Ukrainian situation, Japan's Kyodo news agency said on Friday. U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday that talks between Russia and Western powers aimed at ending tensions in Ukraine have potential but that Washington and its allies are prepared to impose more sanctions on Moscow if the situation fails to improve. (Reporting by Kaori Kaneko; Editing by Dominic Lau) More »Japan PM talks to U.S. Biden over Ukraine - Kyodo

  • Christian broadcaster wins health care injunction

    Associated Press - 1 hour 38 minutes ago

    Christian radio broadcaster James Dobson has won a temporary injunction preventing the federal government from requiring his ministry to include the morning-after pill and other emergency contraception ... More »Christian broadcaster wins health care injunction

  • Factbox - Reaction to the death of Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    Reuters - 1 hour 40 minutes ago

    Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature and was a master of magical realism, died on Thursday. Tributes poured in from presidents, authors and pop stars: U.S. President Barack Obama: "With the passing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the world has lost one of its greatest visionary writers - and one of my favourites from the time I was young ... I offer my thoughts to his family and friends, whom I hope take solace in the fact that Gabo's work will live on for generations to come. Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa, who also won the Nobel Prize and once punched Garcia Marquez during a dispute, leaving him with a black eye: "A great writer whose works brought wide knowledge and prestige to the literature of our language has died. His novels will outlive him and continue gaining readers from all over." Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, who was a friend of Garcia Marquez: "I was always amazed by his unique gifts of imagination, clarity of thought, and emotional honesty. More »Factbox - Reaction to the death of Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  • 'No breakthrough' in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

    AFP - 1 hour 40 minutes ago

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators meeting US envoy Martin Indyk to try to find a way to extend faltering peace talks have failed to reach agreement, a Palestinian source told AFP. More »'No breakthrough' in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

  • Russia, West reach deal on Ukraine crisis but Obama cautious

    AFP - 1 hour 43 minutes ago

    Russia, Ukraine and the West reached a surprise deal aimed at easing the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War, but US President Barack Obama cautioned it was uncertain if Moscow would stand by the agreement. More »Russia, West reach deal on Ukraine crisis but Obama cautious

  • Chelsea Clinton 'Thrilled' At Pregnancy News

    Sky News - 1 hour 46 minutes ago

    Chelsea Clinton has announced she is expecting her first child with husband Marc Mezvinsky. The 34-year-old daughter of former President Bill Clinton and ex-Secretary of State Hilary Clinton made the surprise announcement at a fundraising event in New York aimed at empowering women. Hilary Clinton, 66, told the audience: "I want to see us keep moving and certainly for future generations as well so that maybe our grandchild will not have to be worried about some of the things that young women and young men are worried about today." Bill Clinton revealed his joy at becoming a grandparent on Twitter: "Excited to add a new line to my Twitter bio...grandfather-to-be! @hillaryclinton and I are so happy for Chelsea and Marc!" More »Chelsea Clinton 'Thrilled' At Pregnancy News

  • Confused, chaotic scene described on sinking ferry

    Associated Press - 1 hour 53 minutes ago

    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. More »Confused, chaotic scene described on sinking ferry

  • Top Asian News at 1:00 a.m. GMT

    Associated Press - 1 hour 57 minutes ago

    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. In a statement late Thursday, the government said hosting the event in Hanoi could "promote the country's image and position. However if the hosting is not properly and successfully prepared, it will have the opposite effect," More »Top Asian News at 1:00 a.m. GMT

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