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Garcia Marquez widow "full of sadness," a friend says

Mexico City, Apr 18 (EFE).- Mercedes Barcha is "full of sadness" for the death of husband Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a family friend said Friday as he was leaving the Mexico City home of the late Nobel laureate. "She's fine, constantly answering the telephone, full of sadness but calm," journalist Jacobo Zabludovsky said. Zabludovsky made his statement after stepping out of the author's home, where "Gabo" died Thursday at the age of 87. "This is an occasion for national mourning," Zabludovsky said. "For me he was the most important writer in the world at that time."

Garcia Marquez widow "full of sadness," a friend says

Mexico City, Apr 18 (EFE).- Mercedes Barcha is "full of sadness" for the death of husband Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a family friend said Friday as he was leaving the Mexico City home of the late Nobel laureate. "She's fine, constantly answering the telephone, full of sadness but calm," journalist Jacobo Zabludovsky said. Zabludovsky made his statement after stepping out of the author's home, where "Gabo" died Thursday at the age of 87. "This is an occasion for national mourning," Zabludovsky said. "For me he was the most important writer in the world at that time."

Social prayers at Pope Francis ceremony for Good Friday

Pope Francis attended an emotional night of prayers for hot-button social issues including domestic abuse, prison overcrowding and unemployment to mark the Good Friday before Easter. The candle-lit Way of the Cross procession ceremony was held outside the Colosseum in Rome in memory of the Christians killed for their faith. The prayers read out at each of the 14 stops along the way were written by Italian bishop Giancarlo Bregantini, known for his outspoken condemnation of the mafia.

East and west, Ukraine rival camps dig in

By Alastair Macdonald and Aleksandar Vasovic KIEV/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - If armies march on their stomachs, then Ukraine's rival protest camps could be in for a long campaign, judging by the cooks hard at work behind the barricades in Kiev and Donetsk on Friday.

Jews in east Ukraine worried after anti-Semitic tract

Members of the Jewish community in the pro-Russian protest hub of Donetsk in eastern Ukraine said Friday that they were left shaken by the distribution of tracts demanding the registration of Jews. Concerns were evident, despite scepticism from Jewish leaders in the region and a US group fighting anti-Semitism, the Anti-Defamation League, that the pamphlets handed out in front of the synagogue on Tuesday were anything more than calculated "provocation" by unknown parties.

Ukraine's pro-Russian militants hold firm despite accord

Pro-Russian rebels stubbornly refused to cede control of a string of towns in eastern Ukraine on Friday, jeopardising a deal backed by the West and Russia meant to ease tensions and rejecting promises of concessions from Kiev. The refusal to budge came despite an unexpected diplomatic breakthrough Thursday worked out between Kiev, Moscow, Washington and Brussels following talks in Geneva to defuse the deepest East-West crisis since the Cold War.

Besieged Muslims face murder, starvation in Central African Republic town

By Emmanuel Braun BODA, Central African Republic (Reuters) - In normal times, the rickety wooden bridges at each end of the red-dirt main street in Boda were gateways to shops and a bustling market in the diamond-mining town in western Central African Republic. Today, they mark the fine line between life and death for hundreds of Muslims living under siege, encircled by Christian 'anti-balaka' militia fighters bent on chasing out the country's Islamic population.

State of Texas seizes ranch of imprisoned polygamist leader

By Jim Forsyth SAN ANTONIO, Texas (Reuters) - The sprawling Yearning for Zion Ranch in west Texas, where polygamist leader Warren Jeffs sexually assaulted young girls and justified it by claiming he was the "prophet of God," is now the property of the State of Texas. The Texas Department of Public Safety, which raided the Eldorado, Texas, ranch in April of 2008, said in a statement released on Thursday that the walled compound has been entered by law enforcement officers and "the residents have agreed to vacate the property."

Egypt foils attempt to smuggle Jewish antiquities

Egypt has foiled an attempt to smuggle out of the country Jewish antiquities used during religious ceremonies, the antiquities ministry said on Friday. The artefacts were discovered in the Mediterranean city of Damietta as they were about to be shipped to Belgium, a ministry statement said. Among them are 11 wooden cases for the Torah, Judaism's holy book, four censers bearing Hebrew inscriptions, a silver crown decorated with stars of David and a silver knife, it said.

Racist online forums linked to deadly hate crimes: rights group report

By Barbara Liston ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A white supremacist charged with killing three people near two Jewish community facilities in suburban Kansas City this week posted more than 12,000 messages on a racist website which carries the slogan "No Jews, Just Right," according to a leading organization that tracks hate groups.
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