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Some countries get Obama, but want his wife, too

WASHINGTON (AP) -- When President Barack Obama travels abroad, sometimes it's not enough for just the leader of the free world to show up. People in other countries want the first lady, too....

Mixed feelings for Garcia Marquez in hometown

ARACATACA, Colombia (AP) -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez and his homeland had a relationship as conflicted as any in the Nobel laureate's twisting and impassioned novels....

In Egypt, a corruption watchdog hit by backlash

CAIRO (AP) -- Hesham Genena has created uproar by trying to actually do his job. The head of one of Egypt's foremost government oversight agencies, he says he has uncovered billions of dollars-worth of corruption, involving some of the country's most untouchable institutions, including the police, intelligence agencies, and the judiciary....

Dutch man's case linked to Amanda Todd

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) -- Canadian police confirmed an arrest has been made in the Netherlands in the case of a Canadian teenager who was blackmailed into exposing 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....

Pakistan library named 'bin Laden' as memory fades

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Most didn't notice the new library at this Islamic seminary for girls near Pakistan's capital, until locals saw the paper sign in Urdu posted on its wooden door: "Library of Osama bin Laden, the Martyr."...

SKorean agency: S. Korean ferry captain arrested

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- South Korean news agency Yonhap reports that the captain of the South Korean ferry that sank two days ago has been arrested....

Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer

DWORP, Belgium (AP) -- The ruby lettering on the front of the old corner pub "In de Welkom" has peeled almost beyond recognition. Owner Leza Wauters, a tough 87-year-old, is holding on to her business but can't say how much longer. Sooner or later, yet another bar with a warm "Welcome" will be gone....

Australia's Houston: Calm face of Flight 370 hunt

PERTH, Australia (AP) -- He speaks with a calm, steady voice as he tackles question after question in an attempt to explain one of the biggest mysteries the modern world has ever known: What happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370?...

Vice principal saved from Korea ferry found hanged

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Police say a high school vice principal who had been rescued from a sinking South Korean ferry has been found hanging from a tree....

China says one-fifth of its farmland is polluted

BEIJING (AP) -- Faced with growing public anger about a poisonous environment, China's government released a yearslong study that shows nearly one-fifth of the country's farmland is contaminated with toxic metals, a stunning indictment of unfettered industrialization under the Communist Party's authoritarian rule....

Transcript of conversation between ferry, shore

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- Following is the transcript released by the Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries of the conversation between Jeju Vessel Traffic Services Center (VTS) on Jeju Island and The Sewol, the ferry that sank on Wednesday. The original transcript is in Korean and the translation was done by The Associated Press. It starts off from the first distress call made by the ferry:...

Works by Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez was among Latin America's most popular writers and widely considered the father of a literary style known as magic realism....

Gabriel Garcia Marquez hailed as literary giant

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- His death mourned around the globe, Gabriel Garcia Marquez is being hailed as a giant of modern literature, a writer of intoxicating novels and short stories that illuminated Latin America's passions, superstition, violence and social inequality....

Sherpas consider boycott after Everest disaster

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) -- Sherpa guides on Mount Everest are considering a climbing boycott after the deadliest avalanche in the mountain's history, a move that could seriously disrupt the rest of the climbing season, a mountaineering official said Monday....

Divers pumping air into submerged SKorean ship

MOKPO, South Korea (AP) -- Coast guard officials say divers have begun pumping air into a submerged South Korean ship 48 hours after it listed and sank. But it wasn't immediately clear if the air was for survivors or for a salvage operation....

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