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By Paloma Torres and Maria G. Valdez Apr 17 2014, 03:59PM EDT
Gabriel Garc?a M?rquez, famed Colombian journalist, novelist, short story writer and screenwriter has died at the age of 87. He is considered one of the most significant authors of the 20th century. M?rquez was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1982. He began his career as a journalist while studying law at the National University of Colombia.
Gabriel Garc?a M?rquez has written many acclaimed non-fiction pieces and short stories. He is best known for his novels including ?One Hundred Years of Solitude,? ?Autumn of the Patriarch? and ?Love in the Time of Cholera.? His work introduced his readers to magical realism, which combines facts and fantasy. Other novels he wrote include ?Chronicle of a Death Foretold,? ?No One Writes to the Colonel,? ?In Evil Hour,? ?Of Love and Other Demons? and ?News of a Kidnapping? among others.
A Canadian national has been arrested in Colombia after trying to board a flight to Toronto with a phony pregnant belly stuffed with cocaine, police say.
The tourist caught the attention of a policewoman at Bogota's International Airport who allegedly asked her how far along she was.
She reacted aggressively, which aroused the suspicion of officials who went on to search her.
This year, nearly 150 people were caught with drugs at Bogota's airport.
About a third of them were foreign nationals, according to the Colombian authorities.
The Canadian national had entered Colombia at the beginning of August and was about to board a flight to return to Toronto, when a policewoman asked her how long she had been pregnant.
"[The Canadian] didn't like the question, which made the official suspicious. Instinctively, she then very delicately touched the lady's belly, realising it was too hard and extremely cold," said the deputy director of Colombia's police anti-narcotics section, Colonel Esteban Arias Melo.
The woman allegedly said she was seven months pregnant.
After performing a body search, the police found two sealed bags stashed inside the latex belly, which contained 2kg (5lb) of cocaine.
Colombian authorities say the Canadian national will be charged with drug trafficking, possession and production and could be sentenced to between five and eight years in prison.
The drugs would have had a street value price of around $60,000 (?94,000), Colombian police said.
Government officials say 874 foreigners are currently being held in the country's jails, the majority on drug charges.