Hundreds missing after South Korean ferry sinksHundreds missing after South Korean ferry sinks

SEOUL -- Almost three hundred people remain unaccounted for after a ferry carrying 476 people capsized and sank off South Korea.

South Korean officials report that 164 people have been rescued. There are fears this could turn out to be South Korea's biggest maritime disaster for more than 20 years.

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.

Pope to canonise two predecessorsPope 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.

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.

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.

Militants, troops face off in eastern UkraineMilitants, troops face off in eastern Ukraine

DONETSK -- Ukraine’s military and pro-Russian separatists are locked in an uneasy standoff, amid growing fears of an invasion by Russian troops deployed along the border

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.

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.

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.

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.

MH370: Submersible on second search missionMH370: Submersible on second search mission

PERTH -- A mini-submarine tasked with finding wreckage from the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 is on its second mission to the floor of the Indian Ocean.

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