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Philippines' Easter crucifixons draw huge crowds

Thousands of people flocked to rural fields in the Philippines on Friday to witness the gruesome spectacle of men being crucified in their annual Easter re-enactment of the death of Jesus Christ. The ritual, held every year to mark Good Friday in Asia's bastion of Catholicism, has been going on for decades, becoming a major tourist draw despite official disapproval from Church leaders. Organisers said at least nine men were scheduled to be nailed to wooden crosses this year in farming districts in the city of San Fernando, 65 kilometres (40 miles) north of Manila.

Presidents, celebrities mourn writer Garcia Marquez

Presidents, writers and celebrities mourned the death of Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Thursday, bidding farewell to the 87-year-old giant of Latin American literature. Here are quotes from friends and famous admirers of the Nobel-winning author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude": US President Barack Obama:

Presidents, celebrities mourn writer Garcia Marquez

Presidents and celebrities mourned the death of Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Thursday, bidding farewell to a giant of Latin American literature. Here are quotes from friends and famous admirers of Nobel-winning author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude": Former US president Bill Clinton:

Kerry condemns anti-Semitic leaflet in eastern Ukraine

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry condemned as "grotesque" on Thursday the distribution of leaflets in eastern Ukraine that appeared to call on Jews to register with separatist, pro-Russian authorities. Though purported authors of the flier described it as a crude attempt to discredit them, Kerry said: "Notices were sent to Jews in one city indicating that they had to identify themselves as Jews ... or suffer the consequences.

Garcia Marquez, godfather of magic realism, dies at 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel-winning Colombian author who used magical realism to tell epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America, died Thursday at the age of 87. Known affectionately as "Gabo," the author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera" became one of the most popular Latin American novelists in the world and the godfather of a literary movement that witnessed a continent in turmoil.

Calls for peace at memorial for Kansas shooting victims

By Kevin Murphy and Carey Gillam OVERLAND PARK, Kansas (Reuters) - The scene of what authorities say was a hate crime just days ago became the setting for tears, prayers and calls for peace as religious leaders gathered at a Kansas Jewish community center for a service to honor the three people shot dead on Sunday.

The life of Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez

BOGOTA (Reuters) - Colombian author and Nobel Prize winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who crafted enchanting stories that blurred the line between magic and reality, died on Thursday at the age of 87. * Garcia Marquez was born in 1927 in Aracataca, a town near Colombia's Caribbean coast. His childhood in the banana-growing backwater influenced the settings and characters in some of his novels, including the protagonist in "No One Writes to the Colonel," said to be based on his ex-soldier grandfather.

Nobel laureate Garcia Marquez dies

Mexico City, Apr 17 (EFE).- Colombian Nobel prize-winning writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday at his home in this capital, the chairman of Mexico's National Council for Culture and the Arts said. He was 87. "He is a man who has entered into eternity and universality," Rafael Tovar told Mexican television. "A thousand years of solitude and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time! Solidarity and condolences to the family," Colombia's president, Juan Manuel Santos, said on Twitter after learning of the novelist's death.

Nobel laureate Garcia Marquez dies

Mexico City, Apr 17 (EFE).- Colombian Nobel prize-winning writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez died Thursday at his home in this capital, the chairman of Mexico's National Council for Culture and the Arts said. He was 87. "He is a man who has entered into eternity and universality," Rafael Tovar told Mexican television. "A thousand years of solitude and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time! Solidarity and condolences to the family," Colombia's president, Juan Manuel Santos, said on Twitter after learning of the novelist's death.

Sina Weibo shares jump 19% in US debut

Sina Weibo, China's answer to Twitter, debuted on the Nasdaq exchange Thursday with a 19.1 percent jump despite an IPO that went out undersubscribed and lower priced than hoped. In a spate of buying that suggested that Wall Street's waters are still welcoming to loss-making technology high flyers, and to Chinese firms as well, Weibo shares rose from the subscription price of $17 to as high as $24.28, before settling the day at $20.24.
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