• U.S.: Top Democratic contenders for 2020 (Graphic)
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  • CRICKET: Cricket World Cup winners and finalists (Graphic DUE Apr 26, 17:00GMT)
  • SOCCER: Champions League Semi-final, 1st leg, Apr 30/May 1 (Graphic DUE Apr 26, 17:00GMT)
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Cycling 2019

World events scheduled for May

WORLD -- The World Agenda gives a preview of world events scheduled for May, including the European elections, the federal election in Australia, the state visit of U.S. President Donald Trump to Japan, and the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci.

American director Jim Jarmusch’s new film, The Dead Don’t Die, opens the 72nd Cannes Film Festival, and the CITES conference on international trade in endangered species is scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka.

Millions of children miss measles vaccine

LONDON -- During the first three months of 2019, more than 110,000 measles cases were reported worldwide, representing a near 300 per cent jump from the same period last year.

Mozambique faces another massive cyclone

MOZAMBIQUE -- Mozambique is braced for another cyclone following devastating Cyclone Idai, which left hundreds dead and thousands homeless. Cyclone Kenneth will make landfall Friday.

What we know about the Sri Lanka attacks

COLOMBO -- So-called Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the Easter Sunday suicide bombings in Sri Lanka that killed at least 359 people and has released a video claiming to show the perpetrators.

Iran threatens to close Hormuz Strait

TEHRAN -- Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps has threatened to block the strategic Strait of Hormuz following a U.S. demand that buyers of Iranian oil stop purchases or face sanctions from May 1.

Spanish general election candidates

MADRID -- Spain’s parliamentary election, one of the country’s most divisive, is being fought more on emotional and identity issues, such as Catalonia’s independence bid, than on the economy.

Vladivostok to host North Korea-Russia summit

VLADIVOSTOK -- North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will hold a summit with Vladimir Putin in Vladivostok on Thursday, amid an impasse in nuclear negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington.

Easter Day bombs kill 320 in Sri Lanka

COLOMBO -- The death toll from Sunday's coordinated suicide attacks on churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka has risen past 320 people, including 32 foreigners, with about 500 wounded.

Massive pledges to Notre-Dame restoration

PARIS -- Tycoons, companies, local authorities and individuals have stepped forward with large donations totalling almost €900 million, while other pledges including free air flights.

May 2: Leonardo da Vinci died 500 years ago

HISTORY -- Leonardo da Vinci, renowned Renaissance artist and polymath, died on May 2, 1519, aged 67. His prodigious talents also included music, maths, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany and cartography.

EU carmakers face €30bn emission fines threat

BRUSSELS -- Carmakers must cut average fleet emissions to less than 95 grammes per kilometre of carbon dioxide from 2021, or face a €95 fine for every gramme of CO2 that exceeds the target, multiplied by the number of cars sold.

Teams save Notre-Dame’s art and relics

PARIS -- France has announced an international architecture competition to rebuild the spire of Paris’s Notre-Dame Cathedral after President Emmanuel Macron pledged to rebuild the 850-year-old cathedral within five years.

Sabre engine passes Mach 3 test

ABINGDON -- Sabre is an experimental air-breathing rocket engine, designed to power a craft from standstill on a runway to hypersonic flight at over Mach 5 (6,300km/h), before switching over to rocket mode to reach Mach 25.

History of Notre-Dame Cathedral

PARIS -- It took 182 years to build and has stood for more than eight centuries. The cathedral was commissioned by King Louis VII, and the first stone is believed to have been laid by Pope Alexander III in 1163. Notre-Dame now stands in ruins.

Game of Thrones’ epic finale

LONDON -- HBO aired episode one of the final season of Game of Thrones simultaneously in the U.S. and UK with British fans waiting until 01:00GMT to return to the Westeros winter for the first time since August 2017.

Harry and Meghan’s royal baby due soon

LONDON -- Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are preparing to welcome their first child, with reports indicating the newest royal baby will be born by the end of April or beginning of May.

Candida auris infections around the world

LONDON -- A fungus called Candida auris, often acquired in hospitals and preying on people with weak immune systems, is spreading across the globe. It can be resistant to the three major classes of anti-fungal drugs.

Van Gogh's possible suicide weapon up for auction

PARIS -- The art world's most famous weapon, a 7mm pocket revolver believed to have been used by Vincent van Gogh to take his own life in 1890, is to go under the hammer at an auction in Paris on June 19.

Burger King to serve plant-based burger

ST LOUIS -- Burger King has become the first global quick-service restaurant to embrace plant-based “meats” from startups including Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat -- both backed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

Apr 11- May 19: India holds world’s largest poll

INDIA -- India’s general election pits Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling BJP against a raft of opposition parties under the Indian National Congress banner. Around 900 million people will vote during the five-week election.

Apr 30: Abdication of Japanese emperor

TOKYO -- Japan’s Emperor Akihito becomes the first emperor to abdicate in 200 years, passing the Chrysanthemum Throne to his son Crown Prince Naruhito, when he steps down on April 30.


May 5: Spanish MotoGP in Andalusia

MOTOGP -- Fourth round of the 2019 MotoGP season, at the Gran Premio Red Bull de España at Jerez in Andalusia in southern Spain. The circuit was built in 1986 and has been on the MotoGP calendar even since.

May 30-Jul 14: Cricket World Cup 2019

CRICKET -- England and Wales host the ICC Cricket World Cup, with 48 matches at 11 venues over six weeks. Lord’s Cricket Ground in London will host the final, with semi-finals at Old Trafford and Edgbaston.

Apr 28: London Marathon 2019

ATHLETICS -- Over 35,000 elite, club, and fun runners are expected to participate in the 39th London Marathon, which starts from Blackheath in Greenwich and finishes on the Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.

May 10-26: Ice Hockey World Championship

ICE HOCKEY -- The men's Ice Hockey World Championship takes place in the cities of Bratislava and Košice in Slovakia, where the world’s top 16 national teams will compete for the gold medal.

Apr 26-28: F1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix

F1 -- Lewis Hamilton leads the Driver’s Championship ahead of round four, the Azerbaijan GP at the Baku City Circuit, narrowly ahead of Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas after victory in China .

Jul 24-Aug 9, 2020: Tokyo Olympic Games

TOKYO 2020 -- The venues for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are focussed in the “Heritage Zone” which includes iconic venues used at the Tokyo 1964 Games and the “Tokyo Bay Zone”, a model for exciting new urban development.

Apr 16-17: UEFA Champions League semi-finals

SOCCER -- Tottenham host Ajax at their new ground in the first leg on Tuesday, while Liverpool and Barcelona clash at Camp Nou on Wednesday. Second leg matches take place on May 7/8.

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