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A policeman looks at a masked protester Thursday during the first day of the 2014 NATO Summit held in Newport, Wales.
A policeman looks at a masked protester Thursday during the first day of the 2014 NATO Summit held in Newport, Wales.
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POSSIBLE UKRAINE CEASEFIRE
All eyes are on Minsk where Ukrainian, Russian and OSCE envoys have begun another round of talks that could lead to an imminent ceasefire in eastern Ukraine after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s said at the NATO summit yesterday that he would agree to a truce. Rebel leaders also said they would stop the fighting, as part of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s seven point plan, if an agreement is reached with Kiev.

The European Union was still preparing for a next round of sanctions against Moscow. According to the Financial Times, these could directly target Russian state-controlled oil companies. Documents leaked earlier this week by the newspaper suggested the European Commission was looking at excluding Russia from sporting events.

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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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