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South Korean college students shave their heads in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul to protest against Japan’s decision to release waste water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea
South Korean college students shave their heads in front of the Japanese embassy in Seoul to protest against Japan’s decision to release waste water from the Fukushima nuclear power plant into the sea

Welcome to Wednesday, where Derek Chauvin is convicted for murdering George Floyd, India faces a COVID "storm" and a French town finds not one but two gold treasures. We also look at how Russia is building diplomatic relationships with Pakistan just as U.S. troops are about to leave Afghanistan.


• Chauvin found guilty of Floyd's murder: Ex-police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted on all counts over George Floyd's death, including second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. He faces decades in jail. As crowds around the U.S. celebrated, U.S. President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were among those reacting to the verdict, urging further progress on racial justice.

• Navalny's allies arrested: Two of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's closest friends have been arrested as Russian President Vladimir Putin is giving his annual state of the nation address. Mass protests are planned to take place throughout the world in support of the jailed Kremlin critic.

• UN seeks proof that Princess Latifa is alive: The United Nations has asked the United Arab Emirates to provide "concrete" signs of life of Princess Latifa, who has been held in detention for over three years and made a recent hidden video appeal that was broadcast by the BBC.

• EU to cut emissions by at least 55% by 2030: European Union leaders have adopted ambitious legislation to be carbon-neutral by 2050 and to cut its CO2 emissions by 55% over the next ten years.

• TikTok sued over its use of children's data: Chinese app and social media Tik Tok is facing legal challenges in the UK over how it collects and uses children's data.

• Six English clubs to withdraw from Super League: Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham have withdrawn from the controversial European Super League after furious backlash from fans and the UK government.

• "Joints for Jabs': American marijuana activists promoted vaccines during the informal April 20 pot holiday — also known as 4/20 — giving free weed to anyone who had been inoculated, in Washington D.C.

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García Márquez And Truth: How Journalism Fed The Novelist's Fantasy

In his early journalistic writings, the Colombian novelist Gabriel García Márquez showed he had an eye for factual details, in which he found the absurdity and 'magic' that would in time be the stuff and style of his fiction.

Colombian novelist Gabriel Garcia Marquez reads his book

J. D. Torres Duarte

BOGOTÁ — In short stories written in the 1940s and early 50s and later compiled in Eyes of a Blue Dog, the late Gabriel García Márquez, Colombia's Nobel Prize-winning novelist, shows he is as yet a young writer, with a style and subjects that can be atypical.

Stylistically, García Márquez came into his own in the celebrated One Hundred Years of Solitude. Until then both his style and substance took an erratic course: touching the brevity of film scripts in Nobody Writes to the Colonel, technical experimentation in Leaf Storm, the anecdotal short novel in In Evil Hour or exploring politics in Big Mama's Funeral. Throughout, the skills he displayed were rather of a precocious juggler.

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