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Order to leave too late, crewman on ferry says

Subscriber onlyThe captain of a doomed ferry delayed evacuation for half an hour after a South Korean transportation official ordered preparations to abandon ship, according to a transcript of the ship-toshore exchange and interviews with a crew member. Continue reading...

Russia agrees to pact on de-escalating crisis

Subscriber onlyThe United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union reached an agreement Thursday that calls for armed pro-Russian bands to give up the government buildings they have seized in eastern Ukraine and outlines other steps to de-escalate the crisis. Continue reading...

Literary star Garcia Marquez dies

Colombian, 87, drew fame for Solitude, magical realism style

Subscriber onlyGabriel Garcia Marquez, whose novel One Hundred Years of Solitude put Latin America and the style known as magical realism on the international literary map, has died. He was 87. Continue reading...

Analysis finds oil spot not from jet

Robot submarine still searching site of acoustic signals

Subscriber onlySYDNEY — Australian authorities looking for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 said Thursday that an oil slick detected in the search zone and collected by the Australian vessel Ocean Shield was not engine oil or hydraulic fluid from an aircraft. Continue reading...

The world in brief

Subscriber onlyQUOTE OF THE DAY “I committed a sin punishable by death. … I am at a loss for words. I am sorry. I am sorry.” Kim Han-sik, president of Chonghaejin Marine Co., the owner of the South Korean ferry that sank Wednesday and left scores of passengers missing Continue reading...

Names and faces

Subscriber onlyDavid Cronenberg deconstructs Hollywood, Tommy Lee Jones goes Western and reclusive New Wave legend Jean-Luc Godard returns in 3-D in films competing at next month’s Cannes Film Festival. Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber onlyBeau Biden, 45, Vice President Joe Biden’s eldest son, said he has decided not to seek re-election as Delaware attorney general this year and instead plans to run for governor in 2016. Continue reading...

Avalanche strikes Everest base camp; Climbers missing

Subscriber onlyOfficials say four or five climbers are feared missing after an avalanche swept the slopes of Mount Everest and hit a route used to ascend the world’s highest peak. Continue reading...

Prosecution of 9/11 mastermind hits more snags

Subscriber onlyAn effort to prosecute the self-proclaimed mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and four co-defendants veered off track again Thursday as a pretrial hearing ended with new obstacles that threaten to further derail the case before a military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay. Continue reading...

Putin calls Obama ‘decent,’ says sanctions hurt everyone

Subscriber onlyRussian President Vladimir Putin said he believes U.S. President Barack Obama is a “decent and brave man” who would save him from drowning, even as the two leaders failed to form a “very close” personal relationship. Continue reading...

Snowden asks Putin if Russia is home spy like U.S.

Subscriber onlyEdward Snowden, the former U.S. security contractor under asylum in Russia, made a rare appearance Thursday, asking President Vladimir Putin if the nation spies on its citizens like the United States. Continue reading...

287 missing after ferry goes down off S. Korea

Subscriber onlyA ferry carrying 475 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea’s southern coast on Wednesday, leaving 287 people missing despite a frantic, hours-long rescue by dozens of ships and helicopters. At least nine were confirmed dead. Continue reading...

Ukraine separatists seize troop vehicles

Subscriber onlyPro-Russian insurgents commandeered six Ukrainian armored vehicles along with their crews and hoisted Russian flags over them Wednesday, dampening the central government’s hopes of re-establishing control over eastern Ukraine. Continue reading...

The world in brief

Subscriber onlyQUOTE OF THE DAY “If people had jumped into the water … they could have been rescued. But we were told not to go out.” Koo Bon-hee, a passenger on a ferry that sank off South Korea’s coast in an accident that has left hundreds missing Continue reading...

In the news

Subscriber onlyRobert Rizzo, the former city manager of Bell, Calif., who was convicted in a corruption scheme that nearly bankrupted the city, was ordered to make restitution of $8.8 million and sentenced to 12 years in prison by Judge Kathleen Kennedy, who told him, “You did some very, very bad things for a very long time.” Continue reading...

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