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Russia warns US against further sanctions as Ukraine deal stalls

Russia said its military is massed on Ukraine's doorstep and warned against further US sanctions as a deal struck with Washington appeared to stall because of intransigence by Moscow-backed rebels in the former Soviet republic. A threat by US President Barack Obama that more sanctions would befall Moscow if the agreement, reached Thursday with Ukraine and the EU, failed was "absolutely unacceptable," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian television.

Nobel winner Garcia Marquez, master of magical realism, dies at 87

By Anahi Rama MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian author whose beguiling stories of love and longing brought Latin America to life for millions of readers and put magical realism on the literary map, died on Thursday. He was 87. A prolific writer who started out as a newspaper reporter, Garcia Marquez's masterpiece was "One Hundred Years of Solitude," a dream-like, dynastic epic that helped him win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

U.S. puts off decision on Keystone XL pipeline

Washington, Apr 18 (EFE).- The U.S. State Department said Friday that it will allow more time for eight federal agencies to weigh-in on the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. "Agencies need additional time based on the uncertainty created by the on-going litigation in the Nebraska Supreme Court which could ultimately affect the pipeline route in that state," the department said in a note.

RCMP lay charges against Dutch man in case of dead B.C. teen Amanda Todd

VANCOUVER - Five charges including child pornography, extortion, criminal harassment and Internet luring have been laid by RCMP against a man in the Netherlands in connection with the Amanda Todd case, an online bullying story that captured the attention of millions across the world. The 15-year-old British Columbia girl killed herself in October 2012, shortly after detailing in an Internet video her story of unrelenting harassment by an Internet predator. Amanda's mother, Carol Todd, was at the news conference where police made the announcement about charges.

Powerful quake rattles Mexico

A powerful 7.2-magnitude earthquake rattled Mexico's capital and Pacific coast on Friday, shaking buildings, bringing down walls and prompting people to rush into the street. The country, however, appeared to have escaped major damage and casualties. The US Geological Survey said the earthquake's epicenter was 36 kilometers (22 miles) northwest of Tecpan, near the Pacific resort of Acapulco in southwestern Guerrero state. The quake struck at a depth of 24 kilometers.

SpaceX launches Dragon capsule to ISS

Private US firm SpaceX launched its unmanned Dragon capsule to the International Space Station on Friday, its third trip carrying supplies and equipment to the orbiting lab. After three delays, the Falcon 9 rocket and its Dragon capsule finally blasted off as planned at 3:25 pm (1925 GMT) from Cape Canaveral in Florida. About 10 minutes after liftoff, the capsule separated from the second stage of the rocket before going into orbit. The capsule deployed its solar panels shortly after, ensuring a continuous power supply.

SpaceX launches Dragon capsule to ISS

Private US firm SpaceX launched its unmanned Dragon capsule to the International Space Station on Friday, its third trip carrying supplies and equipment to the orbiting lab. After three delays, the Falcon 9 rocket and its Dragon capsule finally blasted off as planned at 3:25 pm (1925 GMT) from Cape Canaveral in Florida. About 10 minutes after liftoff, the capsule separated from the second stage of the rocket before going into orbit. The capsule deployed its solar panels shortly after, ensuring a continuous power supply.

White House focuses Obama's Asia trip on economics, but regional security also an issue

WASHINGTON - The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region, but regional security concerns are likely to be pushed higher on the president's agenda because of the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine.

White House focuses Obama's Asia trip on economics, but regional security also an issue

WASHINGTON - The White House is focusing President Barack Obama's upcoming Asia-Pacific trip on the economic benefits of closer ties to the region, but regional security concerns are likely to be pushed higher on the president's agenda because of the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine.

Landslide gains speed, threatens Wyoming resort homes

By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A slow-moving landslide threatening the affluent Wyoming community of Jackson is picking up speed, and efforts to stabilize the area were called off because of safety concerns, city officials said on Friday. The mass movement has displaced residents of several homes and two apartment buildings that sit near the base of the East Gros Ventre Butte which geologists said was slumping at a rate that this week increased to a foot a day from four inches.
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