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Devasted family cling to teenager's 'I'll make it' vow

In a last terrified, tearful call to his elder sister, 16-year-old Kim Dong-Hyup promised to get off the sinking ferry alive. Four days later, his family still can't accept the missing high school student may never come home. Even as divers began retrieving bodies from the submerged ferry that capsized and sank on Wednesday morning, Kim's father refused to give up hope. "He's always been such a strong-willed boy. I really believe he'll make it somehow," Kim Chang-Gu, 46, told AFP.

Devastated family cling to teenager's 'I'll make it' vow

In a last terrified, tearful call to his elder sister, 16-year-old Kim Dong-Hyup promised to get off the sinking ferry alive. Four days later, his family still can't accept the missing high school student may never come home. Even as divers began retrieving bodies from the submerged ferry that capsized and sank on Wednesday morning, Kim's father refused to give up hope. "He's always been such a strong-willed boy. I really believe he'll make it somehow," Kim Chang-Gu, 46, told AFP.

Dusty home town remembers Garcia Marquez with plenty of rum

In his sleepy, tropical home town, the people who knew the late Nobel-winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez as a child are greeting his death with warm memories and hope. "His grandfather, who was the colonel, kept him in the house a lot, very protective. And (Garcia Marquez) just came out to go to school," recalled Anibal Calle, who knew the literature laureate as a very small boy.

World, hometown hail 'literary giant' Garcia Marquez

World leaders, writers and legions of fans paid tribute Friday to Nobel-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, while his homeland remembered the literary legend with music, candles and roses. 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, which inspired his surreal stories of family, love and dictatorship.

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.

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."

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.
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