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VATICAN -- The unprecedented double canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II takes the number of pontiffs elevated to sainthood to 80.
The two popes, who have disparate followings among reformers and conservatives within the church, will be declared saints on Sunday, April 27. John Paul II encouraged the fall of communism across Eastern Europe, while John XXIII liberalized Catholicism in the 1960s.
LONDON -- Lana Del Rey’s "West Coast", and Bob Dylan’s 1975 protest song "Hurricane" headed the global list of the most viral Spotify tracks.
SEOUL -- North Korea could well be preparing to carry out a fourth nuclear test to coincide with a visit to Seoul by U.S. President Barack Obama.
JUBA -- Rebel gunmen in South Sudan massacred hundreds of civilians because of their ethnicity when they captured the key oil town of Bentiu.
MOSCOW -- Threats of U.S. and EU sanctions over the Ukraine crisis have resulted in investment banks in Moscow suffering a 67% fall in fees so far this year.
WASHINGTON DC -- U.S. President Barack Obama starts a four-nation Asian tour Wednesday, aimed at “rebalancing” American policy towards the region.
MOSCOW -- Oil and gas exports account for 48% of Russia's revenues. Threats to cut EU imports of Russian gas could kickstart President Putin’s Altai Project.
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.
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.