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Powerful Earthquake Shakes Central Mexico


iStock/Thinkstock(MEXICO CITY) -- A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Mexico on Friday morning, sending people streaming out of high-rise buildings and into the streets for safety.The earthquake was felt strongly in the resort city of Acapulco where many Mexicans are on Easter vacation. It was also felt in the capital, Mexico City, but local reports indicated there was no major damage.Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Huge Orangutan Mellows Out in Surgery


SUTANTA ADITYA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- They might need a bigger operating table. An Indonesian vet removed gun pellet shrapnel from a 14-year-old male orangutan reportedly rescued in Sumatra this week after it was shot by poachers. Indonesia’s Ministry of Forestry works with orangutan rescue groups in the islands of Sumatra and Borneo, the only two locations where the endangered primates still live in the wild. The species’ biggest threats are habitat loss and the illegal pet t

Nobel Prize Winner Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies at 87


YURI CORTEZ/AFP/Getty Images(MEXICO CITY) -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez, a pioneering author who popularized the genre "magical realism" through such novels as 100 Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera, has died. He was 87. The Nobel Prize winner, known affectionately to fans and admirers as "Gabo," died Thursday in his Mexico City home, after recently being hospitalized for lung and urinary tract infections. A Colombia native, Marquez gained worldwide fame and recognition for his work

Prosecutors Seek Arrest Warrant for Ferry Captain


Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- Divers entered the doomed Sewol ferry in waters off South Korea’s coast Friday, hoping to find additional survivors as prosecutors seek an arrest warrant for the ship’s captain and two crew members. West Maritime Police told ABC News that the captain -- identified as Lee Joon-seok, 68 -- left the bridge before the vessel sank on Wednesday, leaving the steering and command to the ship’s third mate, someone with just over a year&

Avalanche Strikes Mount Everest, Killing 12 Sherpa Guides


Vividus/Thinkstock(KATMANDU, Nepal) -- At least 12 Sherpa guides were killed after an avalanche struck Mount Everest Friday morning, the BBC reports. The incident is being billed as the deadliest day ever on the world's highest mountain.According to the BBC, the avalanche hit the Nepalese guides around 6:45 a.m. local time. Some climbers have been rescued but others remain missing.Search and rescue efforts are currently underway and three helicopters have been dispatched to the area, Mohan Krish

Earth Meet Earth II?


Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Earth, welcome to your sort of doppelganger.Kepler-186f is the latest discovery to excite astronomers since it seems to have the same characteristics of our world. And it's only 500 light years away with each light year being the equivalent of six trillion miles.Spotted by the Kepler space telescope, scientists are calling Kepler-186f a "Goldilocks" planet, that is, it's neither too hot nor too cold and thus might actually be able to sustain life.Lead resea

Anti-Semitic Leaflets in Ukraine Raise Suspicions


iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The reports circulated like wildfire: fliers surfacing in the eastern Ukrainian town of Donetsk ordering Jews there to register with the local government or face deportation.U.S. officials quickly condemned the leaflets, with Secretary of State John Kerry mentioning it at the beginning of his remarks in Geneva, Switzerland, after emerging from an eight-hour meeting on the situation in Ukraine.There is a concerted disinformation campaign going on, with all sides o

NATO Commander Offers Evidence of Russian Troops in Ukraine


iStock/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- Professional gun handling, well-trained maneuvers, and military-spec arms are among the reasons NATO’s top commander says the uprisings in eastern Ukraine are clearly “being carried out at the direction of Russia.”In a blog post entitled “Who are the men behind the masks?” the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, Gen. Philip Breedlove, offered the most detailed Western evidence to date that, despite Russia’s claims that the unrest t

'Deeply Ashamed' Ferry Captain Among First to Abandon Ship


Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images(SEOUL, South Korea) -- The captain of a ferry that sank off the coast of South Korea Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing, is under investigation as a possible criminal, and was one of the first people to escape the doomed vessel, Coast Guard officials said. Lee Joon-seok, 69, left the ferry on a lifeboat 32 minutes after reporting an accident, officials said. The captain appeared on Korean television Thursday, his face covered by a gray hoodie. “I am re

Security Scare for Prince William and Duchess Kate


Pool/Samir Hussein/WireImage(KATOOMBA, Australia) -- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge‘s otherwise picture-perfect tour Down Under was marred Thursday by two men who were detained for allegedly acting aggressively as the royals paid a visit to the Blue Mountains in Australia.The two men, ages 21 and 37, were stopped and searched by police after they were allegedly harassing fellow royal-gawkers in the village of Winmalee as they awaited William and Kate’s arrival, according to Austra

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