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Gabriel Garcia Marquez
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Garcia Marquez Dead at 87

The Nobel prize winning author of 'One Hundred Years of Solitude' passed away Thursday following an infection that hospitalized him in March. The Colombian writer was widely considered to be the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks from the Brady Press Room at the White House in Washington, D.C., April 17, 2014.

8M Enrolled in Obamacare

President Obama said Thursday that over 8 million Americans have signed up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act, exceeding projections

Hillary And Chelsea Clinton Speak Host Discussion On Girls And Women

Chelsea Clinton Is Pregnant

The former first daughter is expecting just as her mom, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is mulling another presidential campaign

From left: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry talks with Russian Foreign minister Sergei Lavrov at the start of a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine on April 17, 2014 in Geneva.

Obama: Military Options Off the Table in Ukraine

The President said that the United States would not intervene in Ukraine's crisis, after the U.S., E.U., Ukraine and Russia agreed to a plan that includes disarming illegal militants. Obama, however, expressed skepticism that Russia will adhere to the deal

Coast guard members search for passengers near a South Korean ferry that capsized on its way to Jeju island from Incheon on April 16, 2014.

Ferry Captain: I'm 'Really Sorry'

Lee Joon-seok apologizes to survivors and relatives after the Sewol capsized off South Korea Wednesday, leaving at least 14 dead and more than 280 unaccounted for. Divers are still searching for survivors that may be trapped inside the vessel

Jabari Parker #1 of the Duke Blue Devils plays against the Syracuse Orange during the second half at the Carrier Dome on Feb. 1, 2014 in Syracuse, N.Y.

All-Star Duke Freshman Will Enter NBA Draft

Jabari Parker, one of the best freshman in college basketball, has decided to begin his professional basketball career this year. He explains his decision to go pro, after his team's disappointing upset in the NCAA tournament

Pope Francis weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square on April 16, 2014.

Pope Washes Feet of Elderly, Disabled in Ritual

Francis continues to break with tradition by performing the pre-Easter ritual on non-Catholics. “Jesus made a gesture, a job, the service of a slave, a servant ... We need to be servants to one another,” the pontiff said

Justin Bieber performs at Staples Center on June 24, 2013 in Los Angeles.

Bieber Edges al-Sisi in TIME 100 Reader Poll

Canadian singer Justin Bieber holds first place in TIME's reader poll for the year's most influential people, followed closely by Lady Gaga and Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, Egypt's former military chief who is now running for the presidency

An illustration made with a figurine set up in front of Facebook's homepage in Paris on May 14, 2012.

Creep on Facebook Friends With Location-Based Alerts

The social networking site has announced a new feature for its iPhone and Android apps called "Friends Nearby." The feature will notify users when they have friends in their vicinity — but it only works if users turn it on

An artist's conception of Kepler 186f, with its reddish sun setting over its maybe-ocean

Another Earth? Satellite Makes Promising Find

The best place to look for extraterrestrial life would be on worlds with a size and composition like our own. Astronomers have now discovered what may be the Earthiest planet yet—and there are surely more out there

Researchers clone cells

Researchers Clone Cells from Two Adult Men

After years of failed attempts, researchers have successfully generated stem cells from adults. The process could provide a new way for scientists to generate healthy replacements for diseased or damaged cells in patients

Japan’s most powerful leader in Years, Shinzo Abe aims to reclaim his country’s place on the world stage. That makes many Asians—including some Japanese—uncomfortable

Shinzo Abe Talks Patriotism, WWII

Japan's Prime Minister spoke to TIME's Managing Editor Nancy Gibbs and East Asia Correspondent Hannah Beech on a wide range of topics, from his country's relationships with the U.S. and China to the lessons he took from his own family's political past