Athletes gear up for Boston MarathonAthletes gear up for Boston Marathon

BOSTON -- A million spectators are expected to line the 26.2 mile course from Hopkinton to Boston to cheer on the second-largest field of runners in the Boston Marathon’s 118-year history.

Defending champions Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya are among a host of past winners in Monday's race.

Lewis Hamilton wins Chinese Grand PrixLewis Hamilton wins Chinese Grand Prix

SHANGHAI -- Lewis Hamilton's dominance of the 2014 F1 season continued on Sunday with victory and a second place for his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

Apr 27: Pope to canonise two predecessorsApr 27: Pope to canonise two predecessors

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis will preside over the canonisation of two of his predecessors, Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, on Divine Mercy Sunday.

Divers enter capsized hull of South Korean ferryDivers enter capsized hull of South Korean ferry

SEOUL -- A total of 268 people remain missing after Wednesday's ferry disaster, 28 people are now known to have died and 179 have been rescued.

Scotland independence referendum pollScotland independence referendum poll

EDINBURGH -- Latest polls show the independence vote is tightening, with a new high of 74% intending to vote in the September 18 referendum.

Ukraine: Separatists refuse to end occupationUkraine: Separatists refuse to end occupation

DONETSK -- Pro-Russian groups occupying public buildings across eastern Ukraine have demanded a referendum to decide the status of the region.

U.S., EU to impose new Russian sanctionsU.S., EU to impose new Russian sanctions

BRUSSELS -- The United States and European Union say they will impose further sanctions on Russia over its alleged interference in Ukraine.

Afghan election marred by fraudAfghan election marred by fraud

KABUL -- Despite a high number of complaints of serious electoral fraud the presidential election is being hailed a success, with over 60% turnout.

Phelps comeback could target Rio 2016Phelps comeback could target Rio 2016

MESA, Arizona -- American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian, is coming out of retirement – the first step toward swimming at Rio 2016.

450th anniversary of the "Bard of Avon"450th anniversary of the "Bard of Avon"

STRATFORD-UPON-AVON -- April 23 marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language.

No MH370 wreckage after 40-day searchNo MH370 wreckage after 40-day search

PERTH -- Hopes that the Bluefin mini-sub might soon guide searchers to wreckage of missing flight MH370 are dwindling, with no sign of the plane after seven deployments.

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