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US raises pressure on Russia over deal

The United States ramped up the pressure on Moscow on Friday, urging "full and immediate compliance" of a four-way agreement on Ukraine and warning of new sanctions if Russia fails to do so. It came as the deal, struck Thursday in Geneva between the US, European Union, Ukraine and Russia, appeared to stall because of intransigence by Moscow-backed rebels in the former Soviet republic.

US raises pressure on Russia over deal

The United States ramped up the pressure on Moscow on Friday, urging "full and immediate compliance" of a four-way agreement on Ukraine and warning of new sanctions if Russia fails to do so. It came as the deal, struck Thursday in Geneva between the US, European Union, Ukraine and Russia, appeared to stall because of intransigence by Moscow-backed rebels in the former Soviet republic.

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.

US Capitol superheroes fail to break world record

They may have super-human powers and the nerve to don spandex, but a dozen Supermen and a number of Captain Americas failed to break a world record Friday outside the US Capitol. Exactly 237 people gathered under dull skies attempting to conjure up something miraculous and smash the record for the largest gathering of individuals dressed as comic-book characters. But they didn't even get close to the record-breaking 1,530 that hit Changzhou, China in April 2011 during an animation convention.

RugbyU: Castres stay on play-off course as Teulet signs off

Defending champions Castres stayed on course for the French Top 14 play-offs Friday with veteran full-back Romain Teulet enjoying an emotional farewell at the Pierre-Antoine stadium which has been his home for 13 years. Castres edged current leaders Montpellier 22-15 to go into fourth place in the standings on the penultimate weekend of the regular season. South African scrum-half Rory Kockott and opposite number Benoit Paillaugue exchanged first-half penalties before Castres scored what turned out to be the only try of the night.

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.

RugbyU: French Top 14 table

French Top 14 standings after Friday's match (played, won, drawn, lost, points for, points against, bonus points, total points): Montpellier 25 14 1 10 623 515 12 70 Toulon 24 14 1 9 597 420 11 69 Clermont 24 14 1 9 628 456 11 69 Castres 25 13 2 10 554 462 10 66 Racing-Metro 24 14 2 8 427 398 5 65 Toulouse 24 12 1 11 491 415 12 62 --------------------------------------- Bordeaux 24 12 0 12 552 516 11 59 Stade Francais 24 13 1 10 477 456 5 59

RugbyU: French Top 14 results

French Top 14 results on Friday: Castres 22 Montpellier 15 Saturday Oyonnax v Toulouse, Perpignan v Toulon, Biarritz v Brive, Grenoble v Bayonne, Racing Metro v Clermont, Stade Francais v Bordeaux afp

Seattle Mariners - PlayerWatch

RHP Stephen Pryor, who went on the 15-day disabled list March 21 while he continued to recover from right triceps surgery in August 2013, was activated April 17. He was then immediately sent down to Triple-A Tacoma. 1B Ji-Man Choi, a top prospect in the Seattle Mariners' farm system, was suspended for 50 games on Thursday by Major League Baseball after testing positive for methandienone, a performance-enhancing drug. The Mariners placed him on the restricted list.

New Ferrari boss thought job offer was April Fool

By Abhishek Takle SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Ferrari's new team principal Marco Mattiacci was taken by surprise when Luca di Montezemolo offered him the top job at Formula One's glamour team, the Italian initially believing the chairman's approach to be a joke. Mattiacci, formerly head of the Italian carmaker's North American operations, was named chief of Ferrari's competition division, including the Formula One team, on Monday after Stefano Domenicali took responsibility for the poor start to the season and resigned as team principal.
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