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 Colombia stunned by theft of Garcia Marquez's first edition

Colombian police are investigating the theft of a valuable first edition copy of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's masterpiece "One Hundred Years of Solitude."

Cricketers' body: Playing in Pakistan an 'unacceptable risk'

Foreign cricket teams touring Pakistan still face an "unacceptable risk," the international players' body said as Zimbabwe prepares to become the first full ICC member nation to play in the country since a deadly gun attack targeted visiting players six years ago.

 Flight to UAE diverted to air base after bomb threat

A commercial plane was diverted to a military air base in Dubai after a passenger said the plane would explode, the United Arab Emirates' state news agency said early today.

 Google embeds engineers as professors

Howard University freshman Alanna Walton knew something was different about the professor teaching her introduction to computer science course.

 Nigerian military: 234 girls, women rescued from extremists

Nigeria's military has rescued 234 more girls and women from a Boko Haram forest stronghold in the country's northeast, an announcement on social media said today.

 Baltimore makes 'thug' the new four-letter word

As Baltimore City. just over 60 km from the American capital, erupted into riots and violence over the police-custody death of a black man, it also ignited a debate over the Hindi word `thug` after President Barack Obama used it to describe the rioters.

 France investigates accusations that soldiers raped children

Paris prosecutors are investigating accusations that French soldiers in Central African Republic sexually abused children they were sent to protect.

 Global effort to help Nepal earthquake victims intensifies

The desperate effort to save lives in earthquake-ravaged Nepal intensified today as aid flights arrived carrying emergency medical teams, search-and-rescue equipment and tarps for shelter.

 UN envoy: Parties in Yemen had been 'very close' to deal

The UN's outgoing special envoy to Yemen said the parties there had been "very close" to reaching a political agreement before the current violence and that the main sticking point had been who would lead the Arab world's poorest country.

 Building collapses at Saudi university, killing 4 workers

Civil defense authorities in Saudi Arabia say that four construction workers were killed when a building they were working on collapsed on a university campus.