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Writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez dead at 87

Mexico City - Colombia's Nobel-winning novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday in Mexico City at the age of 87, the Colombian president said. "One thousand years of solitude and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time," Juan Manuel Santos wrote on Twitter. Garcia Marquez, the author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude," passed away at his home with his wife and two sons by his side, ...

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FTA EU-Morocco: EU Hopes 4th Round of Talks Will Be Constructive

Rabat - The EU hopes that the 4th round of talks on the full and deep Free Trade Agreement (ALECA), which will bring together Moroccan and European experts on April 7-11 in Brussels, will be constructive. The EU hopes that the event will be constructive in order to continue to forge ahead with an agreement that will mark a turning point in trade relations between the EU and Morocco, said on Friday the EU De ...

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Flight of missing plane ended in Indian Ocean: Malaysian PM

Kuala Lumpur  - The missing Malaysia Airlines jet came down in the Indian Ocean, Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday, as the airline reportedly told relatives it had been lost and that none on board survived. "It is therefore with deep sadness and regret that I must inform you that, according to this new data, flight MH370 ended in the southern Indian Ocean," Najib told a press conference, citing new sat ...

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Top TV presenters unite to help free detained Al Jazeera staff

By Kevin Kriedemann London - Some of the worlds most prominent presenters from multiple news organisations have highlighted the importance of journalism by asking their viewers to imagine a world where reality is distorted; imagine being kept in the dark about major world events; and imagine being silenced when speaking out could save your life. The broadcast of the message comes ahead of the court appearan ...

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Spain’s first post-Franco PM Suarez dead

Madrid— Adolfo Suarez, the prime minister who led post-Franco Spain to democracy, died on Sunday at a Madrid hospital, his family's spokesman said. He was 81. Suarez, Spain's first prime minister after the death of General Francisco Franco in 1975, had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for the past decade. "Adolfo Suarez has died," the family spokesman Fermin Urbiola told reporters at the Cemtro hospital wh ...

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Last words from Malaysia plane believed from co-pilot

Kuala Lumpur — The last words spoken from the cockpit of the Malaysian passenger jet that went missing 10 days ago were believed to have been spoken by the co-pilot, the airline's top executive said Monday. "Initial investigations indicate it was the co-pilot who basically spoke," Malaysia Airlines CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya told a news briefing. The last message from the cockpit -- "All right, good night" -- ...

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Crimea votes to join Russia amid Western outrage

Simferopol (Ukraine)- Crimeans voted overwhelmingly Sunday in favour of joining former political master Russia as tensions soared in the east of the splintered ex-Soviet nation amid the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War. Exit polls cited by local officials showed 93 percent of the voters in favour of leaving Ukraine and joining Russia in the most serious redrawing of the map of Europe since Kosovo's ...

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Spain deports Madrid train bombing convict to Morocco

MADRID - Spain on Sunday deported a Moroccan man after he completed a 10-year jail sentence for obtaining the explosives used in the 2004 Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people, the government said. Spain's National Court in 2007 sentenced Rafa Zouhier, 34, to ten years behind bars for collaborating with the Islamist cell that carried out the country's deadliest terrorist attack. The court found that ...

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Spain, Morocco, nab seven suspects of jihadist cell

MADRID - Security forces have broken up a Spanish and  Moroccan network suspected of sending jihadist fighters to battle Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime, arresting seven suspects, Madrid said  Friday. Spain's government said it was the "most important" cell it had detected  sending jihadists to Syria and other conflict zones. "The operation is still ongoing," Spain's interior ministry said in a st ...

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Kerry to decide ‘soon’ on resuming Egypt aid

Washington — US Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he hoped to decide soon on whether to restore the full $1.5 billion in American aid to Egypt. "We want this interim transitional government to succeed. We are committed to try to help make that happen," Kerry told lawmakers at a hearing into the State Department's 2015 budget request. Washington has struggled to define its policies towards Egypt s ...

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NYC building collapse kills one, injures 17

New York - A residential building in Manhattan exploded and collapsed on Wednesday, killing at least one person and injuring 17 others as a serious fire engulfed the area in thick smoke, officials said.  The explosion struck a building at 116th Street and Park Avenue in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York, where witnesses said they were jolted awake by what sounded like an earthquake. Mainline train se ...

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‘Muslim’ Model Poses Topless for American Apparel

Casablanca - Giant clothing manufacturer American Apparel seems to have found a new way to sell more in Bangladesh. Maks, a 22-year-old 'Muslim', Bengali model, posed topless for American Apparel's new 'Made in Bangladesh' garment campaign. According to Daily Mail, the Bengali model, who works for American Apparel, said, "I fully support the message of the ad...I am choosing to be creative and expressing my ...

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