Royal Wedding


Here’s where the world's ultra-wealthy live

LONDON -- Ultra-rich people with personal fortunes of more than $500m can afford to live wherever they want, but where are their favourite hotspots?

The U.S. immediately stands out as the most popular with 1,830 individuals worth over $500M. That’s more than four times as many half-billionaires as the second-place country, China (490). Germany takes third place in the rankings with 490 people, followed by Japan in fourth at 390.


Surge in crude oil prices stalls after tweet

LONDON -- Global oil markets slipped Friday, after prices traded at three-year highs overnight, as President Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticise OPEC for what he called “artificially high” crude levels.


Where could Kim Jong Un meet Trump?

WASHINGTON -- CIA Director Mike Pompeo made a secret visit to North Korea over Easter and met with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un to discuss a planned summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.

Issues facing Cuba’s next leader

HAVANA -- Lawmakers will gather at 13:00GMT in Havana to announce the results of their vote on the unopposed candidacy of Miguel Diaz-Canel to become president of Communist-run Cuba.


Russia tests new weapons in Syria

MOSCOW -- Russia has combat-tested more than 200 new weapons systems in Syria since 2015. Weapons deployed include long-range air- and sea-based Kalibr and Kh-101 cruise missiles.

Coral reef in Total’s Amazon drilling area

BRAZIL -- Scientists aboard a Greenpeace ship have discovered that a massive coral reef near the mouth of the Amazon extends into areas where French company Total plans to drill for oil.


Netflix sees global subscriber surge

LOS GATOS -- Netflix hit a record 125 million streaming subscribers in the three months to March with the addition of 5.5 million international subscribers. Revenues were up 40 percent to $3.7 billion.

Venezuela refugee crisis deepens -- UNHCR

CARACAS -- Venezuela’s economic collapse has created the biggest migration crisis in recent Latin American history, with 5,000 people leaving the country every day according to the UN refugee agency.


NASA’s new planet hunter launches

CAPE CANAVERAL -- NASA’s TESS planet-hunting satellite launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral on Wednesday evening. The first stage of the Falcon 9 landed a droneship.

May 8: Cannes Film Festival 2018

CANNES -- The Cannes Film Festival gets underway on May 8. This year’s Palme d’Or contenders include directors Spike Lee, Pawel Pawlikowski, David Robert Mitchell and Jean-Luc Godard.


Apr 18: Douma chemical inspection to start

DAMASCUS -- Inspectors from the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) are due to start work in Douma, outside the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Wednesday.


Israel celebrates 70 years of independence

JERUSALEM -- Israel will celebrate 70 years of statehood, starting with an Independence Day ceremony on Wednesday which will end on Saturday evening after 70 hours of festivity.

U.S.-led attack on chemical targets in Syria

MILITARY -- The U.S., Britain and France launched coordinated strikes against targets within Syria in response to the alleged Douma chemical weapons attack by the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.


Apr 23: Marvel’s penultimate Avengers movie

LONDON -- “Avengers: Infinity War” opens worldwide April 23-27. It pits a growing roster of comic book superheroes against Thanos – a nihilist supervillain hell-bent on destruction.

U.S. sanctions hit Russian oligarchs hard

MOSCOW -- The combined net worth of Russia’s wealthiest people fell by almost $16 billion following U.S. sanctions on oligarchs who have benefited financially from close ties to President Vladimir Putin.


Hungary’s Fidesz secures sweeping victory

BUDAPEST -- Prime Minister Viktor Orban has won a third straight term in power after his ruling anti-immigration Fidesz party secured a crushing parliamentary majority, granting him two-thirds of the seats.

Apr 27: Rival Korean leaders hold summit

PANMUNJOM -- Kim Jong-un of North Korea and South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet for the first time at the Panmunjom “truce village” for talks aimed at extending détente on the Peninsula.


Latin America to hold record oil auctions

LONDON -- Latin America will host the most licensing rounds in its history, opening about 1,100 oil and gas blocks for foreign investment in 2018, according to energy consultancy Wood Mackenzie.

May 19: Royal Wedding – interactive

WINDSOR -- The marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is followed by a procession through Windsor to receptions hosted by Queen Elizabeth II at St. George’s Hall and Prince Charles at Frogmore House.



NASA wants to send your name to the Sun

CAPE CANAVERAL -- From now until April 27, NASA is accepting online submissions for its “hottest ticket in town.”. Your name will be sent on the Parker Solar Probe all the way to the Sun.


Formula 1


Apr 22: London Marathon -- print version

ATHLETICS -- The 38th London Marathon takes place, starting from Blackheath in Greenwich and finishing in The Mall. Queen Elizabeth II will be the official starter for the 2018 race.

Apr 22: London Marathon -- web version

ATHLETICS -- Queen Elizabeth will step onto a special podium in front of the Round Tower at Windsor Castle to push the start button at 09:00GMT to start this years London Marathon.


Europa League Semi-final draw

SOCCER -- The draw for the semi-finals in the Europa League have Arsenal facing tournament favourites Atletico Madrid, while Olympique Marseille clash with Red Bull Salzburg.

RallyX team guide 2018

MOTORSPORT -- The 2018 Rallycross season comprises 12 events, commencing with the World RX of Catalunya from Apr 14-16. The season concludes in South Africa in November.


Champions League Semi-final draw

SOCCER -- The draw for the semi-finals in the Champions League has taken place in Nyon, Switzerland, with Liverpool facing Roma, and Bayern renewing their battle with Real.

May 4-27: Giro d’Italia route

CYCLING -- The Giro d’Italia sets off from Jerusalem in Israel, marking the first time a Grand Tour will start outside of Europe. Rome will host the final stage for only the fourth time.



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