World Agenda for May availableWorld Agenda for May available

LONDON -- Events in May include a watershed general election in South Africa, and presidential elections in the current hotspots of Egypt and Ukraine.

Nigeria hosts the World Economic Forum on Africa, Luis Guillermo Solis is sworn in as president of Costa Rica, and Pope Francis visits the Middle East. The Cannes Film Festival takes place, a score of Rachmaninoff's Symphony No 2 is expected to fetch up to $2.5m at auction, and a new posthumous Michael Jackson album, featuring eight "new" tracks, is released.


Disputed islands protected by U.S. defence treatyDisputed islands protected by U.S. defence treaty

TOKYO -- President Obama has said that disputed islands in the East China Sea are covered by a U.S.-Japanese treaty which obliges the U.S. to act if they are attacked.

Pipeline threat to whale habitatPipeline threat to whale habitat

OTTAWA -- Canada plans to reduce the level of protection for humpback whales in a move that could clear the way for the Northern Gateway oil sands pipeline project.


Sunday: Pope to canonize two predecessorsSunday: Pope to canonize two predecessors

VATICAN -- The unprecedented double canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II takes the number of pontiffs elevated to sainthood to 80.

Spotify's global Top 10 most viral tracksSpotify's global Top 10 most viral tracks

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.


Activity at North Korea nuclear test siteActivity at North Korea nuclear test site

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.

South Sudan rebels slaughter 200-plus in oil townSouth Sudan rebels slaughter 200-plus in oil town

JUBA -- Rebel gunmen in South Sudan massacred hundreds of civilians because of their ethnicity when they captured the key oil town of Bentiu.


Moscow bankers see fees slide 67% over Ukraine Moscow bankers see fees slide 67% over Ukraine

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.

Russia-China gas pipeline dealRussia-China gas pipeline deal

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.


450th anniversary of "Bard of Avon"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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