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Mexico bids goodbye to 'Gabo,' famed adopted son

Long into night, Mexico bids farewell to Nobel laureate Garcia Marquez, famed adopted son
E. Eduardo Castillo, The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY - Long into the night, the line of mourners stretched for nearly a mile, waiting their turn to file into Mexico City's majestic Palace of Fine Arts and bid farewell to Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Colombian Nobel laureate considered one of the greatest Spanish-language authors of all time.

New portrait unveiled for British queen's birthday

New portrait unveiled to mark Queen Elizabeth II's 88th birthday by photographer David Bailey
The Associated Press

LONDON - A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by renowned British photographer David Bailey has been unveiled to mark the monarch's 88th birthday.

The black-and-white photograph, taken at Buckingham Palace in March, shows the queen smiling broadly. Bailey described his subject as a "very strong woman" with "very kind eyes with a mischievous glint."

Nobel laureate Garcia Marquez dies at 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, most popular Spanish-language writer since Cervantes, dies at 87
E. Eduardo Castillo And Frank Bajak, The Associated Press

MEXICO CITY - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose intoxicating novels and short stories exposed millions outside Latin America to its passions, superstition, violence and social inequality, died at home in Mexico City on Thursday. He was 87.

Widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century, the Colombian-born Garcia Marquez achieved literary celebrity that spawned comparisons to Mark Twain and Charles Dickens.

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