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  Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Laureate, Dies At 87
       Associated Press  
    MEXICO CITY , April 18: 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 revered and influential writers of his generation, he brought Latin America´s charm and maddening contradictions to life in the minds of millions and became the best-known practitioner of "magical realism," a blending of fantastic elements into portrayals of daily life that made the extraordinary seem almost routine.

  12 Die After Mob Attacks UN Base
    JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN, April 18: 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.

The U.N. mission in South Sudan condemned the "unprovoked attack" and called for a full investigation into the "heinous murders."

  Scientists Discover First Earth-sized Planet That Could Support Life
       Associated Press  
    LOS ANGELES , April 18: Astronomers have discovered what they say is the most Earth-like planet yet detected — a distant, rocky world that´s similar in size to our own and exists in the Goldilocks zone where it´s not too hot and not too cold for life.

The find, announced Thursday, excited planet hunters who have been scouring the Milky Way galaxy for years for potentially habitable places outside our solar system.

  Fears Rise For Missing In SKorea Ferry Sinking
    MOKPO, South Korea, April 17 : Strong currents, rain and bad visibility hampered an increasingly anxious search Thursday for 287 passengers, many thought to be high school students, still missing more than a day after their ferry flipped onto its side and sank in cold waters off the southern coast of South Korea.

Nine people, including five students and two teachers, were confirmed dead, but many expect a sharp jump in that number because of the long period of time the missing have now spent either trapped in the ferry or in the cold seawater.

  West Slams Russia 'fantasy Narrative' On Ukraine
    UNITED NATIONS, April 17 : Western countries on the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday slammed what they called Russia´s "fantasy narrative" on the crisis in Ukraine after a new report on the human rights situation there.

Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic warned the council that the violence in eastern Ukraine risks "seriously destabilizing the country as a whole."

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