Hamilton sets pace ahead of Chinese GPHamilton sets pace ahead of Chinese GP

SHANGHAI -- Lewis Hamilton was hampered by suspension problems on Friday's second free practice for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix but still finished top of the timings.

Hamilton completed 25 laps of the 5.4 kilometre Shanghai International Circuit with a best time of one minute 38.315 seconds – 0.141 seconds ahead of Fernando Alonso and 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.

Obama seeks to salvage Asia “pivot”Obama seeks to salvage Asia “pivot”

WASHINGTON DC -- U.S. President Barack Obama starts a four-nation Asian tour April 23, aimed at “rebalancing” American policy towards the region.


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.

MH370: Submersible on fifth search missionMH370: Submersible on fifth search mission

PERTH -- The mini-sub searching for missing flight MH370 has reached record depths on its fifth seabed mission, well below its normal operating limits.


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