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World leaders, writers pay tribute to Garcia Marquez

Presidents, writers and legions of fans paid tribute Friday to Nobel-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the late giant of Latin American literature whose work inspired generations of story-tellers. Garcia Marquez, who died Thursday at age 87, was mourned in the European cities where he once lived, the United States and his native Colombia that inspired his surreal stories of family, love and dictatorship.

World leaders, writers pay tribute to Garcia Marquez

Presidents, writers and legions of fans paid tribute Friday to Nobel-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the late giant of Latin American literature whose work inspired generations of story-tellers. Garcia Marquez, who died Thursday at age 87, was mourned in the European cities where he once lived, the United States and his native Colombia that inspired his surreal stories of family, love and dictatorship.

World leaders, writers pay tribute to Garcia Marquez

Presidents, writers and celebrities paid tribute Friday to Nobel-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the late giant of Latin American literature whose work inspired generations of story-tellers. Garcia Marquez, who died Thursday at age 87, was mourned in the European cities where he once lived, the United States and his native Colombia that inspired his surreal stories of family, love and dictatorship.

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:

Federal Court of Appeal upholds landmark ruling on rights of Metis

OTTAWA - The Federal Court of Appeal has largely upheld a landmark ruling that could extend Ottawa's responsibilities to hundreds of thousands of aboriginal people who are not affiliated with specific reserves and have essentially no access to First Nations programs, services and rights. Off-reserve aboriginals say the appeals court decision is yet another victory in what has been a long legal saga with the federal government.

Audit finds U.S. housing aid program in Haiti falls short

By Amelie Baron PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) - A post-earthquake housing program in Haiti funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has delivered only a quarter of the planned number of homes at nearly twice the budgeted cost, according to a government audit. The project was part of reconstruction efforts in Haiti, where a devastating earthquake in January 2010 killed more than 200,000 people, destroyed about 105,000 homes and severely damaged over 200,000 others.

US housing effort in Haiti falls short

A US project to provide badly-needed housing for hundreds of thousands of Haitians left homeless by a 2010 earthquake has failed to live up to its promise and went over budget, a government audit said Tuesday. The Office of the Inspector General for the US Agency for International Development said only 816 of the planned 4,000 houses had been built as of August in Haiti's devastated capital Port-au-Prince. The USAID/Haiti mission had initially expected the construction to be completed by December 2012 and cost $55 million.

Violence flares in Colombian city patrolled by military

Bogota, Apr 14 (EFE).- Two young men were found dismembered in the Pacific port of Buenaventura, the first known murders in Colombia's most dangerous city since the military took charge of security on March 21, Colombian authorities said Monday. The remains were discovered over the weekend and the process of identification is still under way, chief medical examiner Carlos Eduardo Valdes told RCN La Radio. The victims' ages have been estimated at 16 and 22, respectively, he said.

Violence flares in Colombian city patrolled by military

Bogota, Apr 14 (EFE).- Two young men were found dismembered in the Pacific port of Buenaventura, the first known murders in Colombia's most dangerous city since the military took charge of security on March 21, Colombian authorities said Monday. The remains were discovered over the weekend and the process of identification is still under way, chief medical examiner Carlos Eduardo Valdes told RCN La Radio. The victims' ages have been estimated at 16 and 22, respectively, he said.

Earthquake strikes Nicaragua, shaking buildings in capital

MANAGUA (Reuters) - An earthquake struck Nicaragua early on Monday morning, shaking buildings in the capital Managua. An official at Nicaragua's seismological authorities said the quake measured 5.6 in magnitude but had struck at a shallow depth, making it more powerfully felt. (Reporting by Ivan Castro)
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