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  • Colombia hopes to share Garcia Marquez remains

    Updated: 31 min ago

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — The final resting place for the ashes of Gabriel Garcia Marquez remains unclear. It could be Mexico where he lived for decades or his native Colombia. Perhaps even both. Colombia's ambassador to Mexico says it's completely up to the family of the Nobel laureate who died Thursday in Mexico City. And the family so far has not revealed its wishes. Ambassador Jose Gabriel Ortiz says Colombians from President Juan Manuel Santos on down would like to see the remains divided between Mexico and Colombia. He notes that while Garcia Marquez wrote many of his novels in Mexico, "he never stopped being Colombian.

  • Drone in Yemen kills at least 9 al-Qaida members

    Updated: 34 min ago

    SANAA, Yemen (AP) — A U.S. drone strike in southern Yemen killed at least nine suspected al-Qaida militants and three civilians Saturday, authorities said, as part of America's ongoing strikes in the country against what it considers the terror network's most dangerous local group. A Yemeni military official said the early Saturday strike struck a vehicle carrying the militants in the Sawmaa area in the al-Bayda province as another car carrying civilians passed by. A security official investigating the strike said one of the civilian survivors said the strike hit a white SUV, tossing it some 20 meters (21 yards) away. He said the survivor said they fled the flying debris and took shelter while "explosions" continued for ano

  • Egypt's el-Sissi visits Coptic pope before Easter

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    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's former military chief and presumed presidential front-runner visited the Coptic pope Saturday ahead of Orthodox Easter, making his first public appearance since he formally made his bid for the presidency. Pope Tawadros II is a strong backer of retired Field Marshal Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who removed the country's first democratically elected president last summer after a wave of popular protests. Tawadros backed the military's overthrow of Islamist Mohammed Morsi and appeared alongside el-Sissi with Muslim leaders and secular politicians after his ouster. Following Morsi's removal, rioters burned and vandalized churches and government buildings in the country. Orthodox Easter is Sunday and El-Sis

  • Bayern grinds out 2-0 win at lowly Braunschweig

    Updated: 47 min ago

    BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich ground out a hard-fought 2-0 victory over bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday to end the champions' three-game winless streak in the Bundesliga. Claudio Pizarro broke the deadlock in the 75th minute, when Mario Goetze sent the Peruvian through, and Mario Mandzukic secured the win with four minutes remaining as the home side pushed for an equalizer. Bayern failed to impress for long periods, however, and will hope for improvement for Wednesday's Champions League semifinal first leg at Real Madrid. "It was important to win before the game against Real Madrid. It gives us confidence," Pizarro said.

  • Bombs targeting soldiers, shoppers kill 16 in Iraq

    Updated: 48 min ago

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Attacks across Iraq, including a series of bombings targeting shoppers in a Sunni neighborhood in the country's capital, killed at least 16 people Saturday, authorities said. The deadliest attacks struck Baghdad's predominantly Sunni neighborhood of Dora. Saturday morning, police said two bombs exploded on busy commercial streets, killing four people. That night, police said three more bomb blasts in the same area killed five people and wounded 10. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the blasts, though Shiite militants have retaliated in the past for Sunni insurgent groups killing their own.

  • Sunderland hits Chelsea's title hopes with 2-1 win

    Updated: 48 min ago

    LONDON (AP) — In another twist to the most unpredictable Premier League season, bottom side Sunderland damaged Chelsea's title hopes with a shock 2-1 victory at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. After surprise defeats to Aston Villa and Crystal Palace in recent weeks, Chelsea again stuttered against weaker opposition, as Jose Mourinho's 77-match unbeaten home run as Chelsea boss came to an end in a major boost for league leader Liverpool. Chelsea could not hold onto its lead after Samuel Eto'o opened the scoring, as Connor Wickham leveled from the rebound six minutes later following Marcos Alonso's long-range effort. Fabio Borini then scored from the spot after Cesar Azpilicueta brought down Jozy Altidore in the box.

  • At barricades, Ukraine insurgents await Easter

    Updated: 53 min ago

    DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Pro-Russian forces in eastern Ukraine on Saturday prepared to celebrate Orthodox Easter at barricades outside government offices seized in nearly a dozen cities, despite an international agreement to disarm and free the premises. In Donetsk, Denis Pushilin, spokesman for the self-appointed Donetsk People's Republic, which is demanding broader regional powers and closer ties to Russia, vowed that insurgents will continue occupying government offices until the new pro-Western Kiev government is dismissed. "We will leave only after the Kiev junta leaves," Pushilin told the Associated Press outside the occupied regional administration building. "First Kiev, then Donetsk.

  • 4 French journalists abducted in Syria freed, safe

    Updated: 55 min ago

    PARIS (AP) — Ten months after their capture in Syria, four French journalists crossed the border into neighboring Turkey and reached freedom Saturday, though dozens more remain held in the country's chaotic civil war. Edouard Elias, Didier Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres — all said to be in good health — were freed over the weekend in unclear circumstances in what has become the world's most dangerous, and deadliest, conflict for journalists. "We are very happy to be free ... and it's very nice to see the sky, to be able to walk, to be able to ... speak freely," said Francois, a noted war correspondent for Europe 1 radio, in footage recorded by the private Turkish news agency DHA. Smiling broadly, he thanked T

  • Chelsea loses 2-1 against Sunderland

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Chelsea suffered a major setback to its English Premier League title aspirations with a 2-1 home loss against last-place Sunderland on Saturday. Chelsea missed the opportunity to dislodge Liverpool from top spot, and the Reds will have the chance to extend their lead to five points at Norwich on Sunday. After holding Manchester City to a draw midweek, Gus Poyet's players were again the party-poopers. Chelsea could not hold to its lead after Samuel Eto'o opened the scoring in the 12th minute, as Connor Wickham leveled from the rebound six minutes later following Marcos Alonso's long-range effort.

  • Balotelli leads AC Milan to 5th straight win

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    ROME (AP) — Mario Balotelli set a personal record with his 14th goal of the Serie A season and set up another score as AC Milan beat visiting Livorno 3-0 Saturday for its fifth straight win. Still, Milan remained five points behind city rival Inter Milan in the race for fifth place and the final Europa League berth, after Inter beat 10-man Parma 2-0. Meanwhile, Paul Pogba led the way as Juventus stayed on course for a third consecutive title with a 1-0 win over relegation-threatened Bologna. The France international and former Manchester United midfielder scored with a long, low shot from beyond the area in the 64th minute, moving Juve 11 points ahead of second-placed Roma, which was visiting fourth-placed Fiorentina

  • Deadline lapses in Peru for illegal gold miners

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    LIMA, Peru (AP) — The clock has run out for an estimated 40,000 illegal gold miners in Peru. They had until Saturday to legalize their status in a region where fortune-seekers have ravaged rainforests and contaminated rivers. Now the government's vow to enforce a ban on illegal mining is raising fears of bloody confrontations. The miners already have been clashing with police while intermittently blocking traffic on a vital highway to protesting government attempts to squeeze them out by restricting shipments of the gasoline they use for their machinery. One miner has been killed and more than 50 wounded. Officials insist they're serious about combatting the multi-billion-dollar illegal mining trade that accounts for

  • Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle

    Updated: 1 hr ago

    TRES RIOS, Costa Rica (AP) — On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper. "Stand up," Mora recalls the image of the pope saying to her. "Don't be afraid." Mora, her doctors and the Catholic Church say her aneurysm disappeared that day in a miracle that cleared the way for the late pope to be declared a saint on April 27 in a ceremony at the Vatican where Mora will be a guest of honor. For Mora, the church-certified miracle was only the start of her metamorphosis from an ill and desperate woman into an adored symbol of faith for thousands of Costa Ricans and Catholics around the wor

  • Jonas grabs Valencia 1-1 draw at Osasuna in Spain

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    BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Valencia forward Jonas came on in the second half and scored a late equalizer to secure a 1-1 draw at Osasuna in the Spanish league on Saturday. Striker Oriol Riera put Osasuna ahead in the 19th minute when he tapped in a rebound that Valencia goalkeeper Vicente Guaita knocked down to his feet for his 12th league goal of the season. Hosts Osasuna controlled the match with Roberto Torres hitting the upright in the 53rd, until Jonas took a pass from fellow Brazilian substitute Araujo on the run and slotted an angled shot inside the far post in the 82nd. The draw left Valencia in eighth place and six points off the final Europa League berth, while Osasuna inched four points from the relegation zon

  • Fiat and Chrysler to build 3 Jeep models in China

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    ROME (AP) — Fiat and Chrysler announced plans Saturday to build three new Jeep models in China for that market, the biggest for the vehicles outside the United States, as they attempt to boost sales in a country where they lag behind their competitors. The automakers said they will expand their joint venture with China's Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. Ltd., and increase the portfolio of Jeeps, which are currently imported to China. Production is expected to start in late 2015 in Guangzhou, the companies said in a statement, adding that they are considering a Jeep model "uniquely designed for China." Chrysler Group LLC spokesman Gualberto Ranieri declined to provide details on that model.

  • Ministry: 2 killed in apparent Bahrain car bombing

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    MANAMA, Bahrain (AP) — Authorities in Bahrain say an apparent car bombing has killed two people and wounded one west of the capital, Manama. A statement Saturday from the Interior Ministry said the blast happened in Mughsha, a village along a highway west of the capital. It said investigators found traces of explosives in the car. Bahrain has been roiled by three years of unrest, with a Shiite-dominated opposition movement demanding greater political rights from the Sunni monarchy. The country is a small, Western-allied island kingdom off the coast of Saudi Arabia that is home to the U.S. Navy's 5th Fleet. Separately, the ministry said a bomb thrown at security officials trying to stop a tire fire Saturday wounded thr

  • 13th body pulled from snow in Everest avalanche

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    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mount Everest, where an avalanche a day earlier swept over a group of Sherpa guides in the deadliest disaster on the world's highest peak. Another three guides remained missing, and searchers were working quickly to find them in case weather conditions deteriorated, said Maddhu Sunan Burlakoti, head of the Nepalese government's mountaineering department. But the painstaking effort involved testing the strength of newly fallen snow and using extra clamps, ropes and aluminum ladders to navigate the treacherous Khumbu icefall, a maze of immense ice chunks and crevasses. The avalanche slammed into the g

  • Egypt's censorship board head resigns in film spat

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    CAIRO (AP) — The head of Egypt's censorship board says he has resigned after the country's prime minister overruled his decision to allow a film starring a sultry Lebanese singer be shown. Ahmed Awad, undersecretary to the culture minister and head of the censorship authority, told The Associated Press on Saturday that he had submitted his resignation Thursday morning in response to Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab's decision to stop the film from being shown. Awad says: "I did this out of respect for myself." Mahlab said he stopped the film from being shown in response to calls from the National Council for Motherhood and Childhood and "to preserve the morals of our children." In the film, Lebanese sex symbol Haifa Wehb

  • Everest avalanche a reminder of risks Sherpas face

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The rescuers moved quickly, just minutes after the first block of ice tore loose from Mount Everest and started an avalanche that roared down the mountain, ripping through teams of guides hauling gear. But they couldn't get there quickly enough. No one can move that fast. Not even the people who have spent their lives in Everest's shadow, and who have spent years working on the world's highest peak. By Saturday evening, the bodies of 13 Sherpa guides had been taken from the mountain. Three more were missing, though few held out hope that they were still alive, 36 hours after Friday's avalanche. Four survivors had been flown to hospitals in Katmandu, Nepal's capital, where they were in stable condition

  • Palace beats West Ham 1-0 in Premier League

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    LONDON (AP) — Mile Jedinak's second-half penalty gave Crystal Palace a 1-0 win at West Ham for a club-record fifth straight win in the Premier League. Jedinak converted his spot kick in the 59th minute after Pablo Armero had fouled Cameron Jerome in the area to continue Palace's revival under manager Tony Pulis. The club is now firmly in mid-table, having been in last place when Pulis took over in November. West Ham is still seven points above the relegation zone, but will have to wait at least another round to make sure of staying up. A minute's applause was held before the game for Dylan Tombides, the Australian forward who broke into the West Ham first-team squad while receiving cancer treatment. Tombides died Friday at

  • Penalty gives Cardiff a point against Stoke

    Updated: 3 hr ago

    CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Peter Whittingham's second-half penalty gave Cardiff a precious point in its fight for Premier League survival but the Welsh club still has it all to do. Whittingham's 50th-minute goal canceled out Marko Arnautovic's penalty — the first spot-kick Cardiff has conceded this season — that was converted during the dying seconds of an otherwise forgettable first half. Referee Howard Webb appeared to harshly punish Kim for his challenge on former Cardiff player Peter Odemwingie, while Cardiff also saw a later effort by Juan Cala ruled out for offside. Midtable Stoke has lost just once in the last eight league games but Cardiff remains stuck in the relegation zone, currently two points adrif