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Royal Wedding

Duchess of Cambridge gives birth to boy

LONDON -- The Duchess of Cambridge has given birth to a baby boy. Kate and William’s new son was born at 10:00GMT Monday, just hours after the Duchess was admitted to St Mary’s Hospital in London.

The Duke of Cambridge was present for the birth. Her Royal Highness and her child are both doing well. The baby’s title will be HRH Prince of Cambridge and he will become fifth-in-line to the throne, pushing Prince Harry down to sixth.

InSight spacecraft to study interior of Mars

SPACE -- NASA’s robotic Mars lander, InSight, will study the interior structure of the Red Planet to answer questions about the early formation of the inner planets 4.5 billion years ago.

Apr 27: Rival Korean leaders hold summit

PANMUNJOM -- Kim Jong-un of North Korea and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet for the first time at the Panmunjom “truce village” for talks aimed at extending détente on the Peninsula.

Where could Kim Jong Un meet Trump?

WASHINGTON -- CIA Director Mike Pompeo made a secret visit to North Korea over Easter and met with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un to discuss a planned summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Trump hosts Macron for first state visit

WASHINGTON -- French President Emmanuel Macron travels to Washington DC for the first state visit of the Donald Trump presidency. The three-day visit will test their “strong relationship”.

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War opens

LONDON -- “Avengers: Infinity War” opens worldwide April 25. It pits a growing roster of comic book superheroes against Thanos – a nihilist supervillain hell-bent on destruction.

Coral reef in Total’s Amazon drilling area

BRAZIL -- Scientists aboard a Greenpeace ship have discovered that a massive coral reef near the mouth of the Amazon extends into areas where French company Total plans to drill for oil.

May 8: Cannes Film Festival 2018

CANNES -- The Cannes Film Festival gets underway on May 8. This year’s Palme d’Or contenders include directors Spike Lee, Pawel Pawlikowski, David Robert Mitchell and Jean-Luc Godard.

Russia tests new weapons in Syria

MOSCOW -- Russia has combat-tested more than 200 new weapons systems in Syria since 2015. Weapons deployed include long-range air- and sea-based Kalibr and Kh-101 cruise missiles.

May 19: Royal Wedding – interactive

WINDSOR -- The marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is followed by a procession through Windsor to receptions hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at St. George’s Hall and Prince Charles at Frogmore House.

Apr 27: NASA will send your name to the Sun

CAPE CANAVERAL -- From now until April 27, NASA is accepting online submissions for its “hottest ticket in town.” Your name will be sent on the Parker Solar Probe all the way to the Sun.

New generation plant breeding seeks go-ahead

BRUSSELS -- The European Court of Justice is to rule on whether crops developed using so-called “New Breeding Techniques” like CRISPR/Cas are the same as those achieved through traditional plant breeding.

Formula 1

Apr 26: Europa League Semi-final, 1st leg

SOCCER -- Arsenal face tournament favourites Atletico Madrid, with hopes of qualifying for next season’s Champions League now resting solely on lifting the Europa League trophy on May 16.

Jun 14-Jul 15: FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia

SOCCER -- The FIFA World Cup kicks off, with 32 teams competing to be crowned World Champions. Host nation Russia open the tournament in Moscow, with the final at Luzhniki Stadium on July 15.

May 4-27: Giro d’Italia sets off from Jerusalem

CYCLING -- The first Grand Tour of the year will be the first to start outside Europe, setting off from Jerusalem in Israel. Three weeks later Rome will host the final stage for only the fourth time.

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