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A victory rally following the Supreme Court’s decision to order the reinstatement of the Parliament in Kathmandu
A victory rally following the Supreme Court’s decision to order the reinstatement of the Parliament in Kathmandu

Welcome to Wednesday, where vaccine rollouts have started in Ghana and Malaysia, but may be stopped in Lebanon because politicians keep cutting the line. Gérard Depardieu is under investigation in France and a freezing cold record is broken by a Czech swimmer.

• COVID-19 latest: Ghana receives the first shipment of vaccines thanks to UN-backed COVAX plan, and Malaysia starts its inoculation drive. In Lebanon COVAX's inoculation drive could be blocked over politicians skipping the vaccine line. Serbia, already second in Europe for the best vaccine rollout strategy, becomes the first country where citizens can choose the vaccine type.

• Myanmar coup protests: Police forces release 210 protestors even as night time police raids continue. In Yangon, demonstrations are being held for the 19th consecutive day. Myanmar's foreign minister has travelled to Thailand for the junta's first diplomatic talks since the military seized power.

• Gérard Depardieu accused of rape: The legendary French actor is under formal investigation for the alleged rape and sexual assault of a 22-year-old woman, according to the Paris prosecutor's office. Depardieu denies the accusations.

• Syrian ex-intelligence officer convicted: In a landmark trial, a German court has convicted Eyad al-Gharib, 44, an ex-intelligence officer who later fled Syria's civil war and received asylum in Germany, for aiding in the arrest of protestors which enabled "industrial-scale" torture and murder.

• Last Franco statue removed: The last standing statue of the former fascist Spanish dictator Francisco Franco was removed from the gates of Melilla, an autonomous Spanish enclave on the coast of northern Morocco.

• Tiger Woods car crash: The pro golf star has been hospitalized following a single-car crash in California. He has sustained non-life-threatening injuries but has significant leg fractures that required emergency surgery.

• Cold Czech break: Czech free-diver David Vencl swam nearly 81 metres (265.75 ft) beneath the ice to break the world record for the longest under ice swim. (Note: He stayed in just his speedo for the icy post-swim interviews.)

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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

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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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