Wednesday: Obama four-nation Asian tourWednesday: Obama four-nation Asian tour

WASHINGTON DC -- U.S. President Barack Obama starts a four-nation Asian tour Wednesday, aimed at “rebalancing” American policy towards the region.

Leaders of Malaysia, the Philippines, Japan and South Korea need the U.S. to serve as a counterweight to China’s efforts to assert territorial control both at sea and in the air.

Monday: Athletes gear up for Boston MarathonMonday: Athletes gear up for Boston Marathon

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

Sunday: Pope to canonise two predecessorsSunday: 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.

Wednesday: 450th anniversary of "Bard of Avon"Wednesday: 450th anniversary of "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 45-day searchNo MH370 wreckage after 45-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 eight deployments.

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