FIFA World Cup 2018
IRAQ -- Populist Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr is looking to form a governing coalition after dealing a blow to both Iranian and U.S. influence with a shock election triumph that upended Iraqi politics.
BRUSSELS -- Europe moved swiftly to revive economic relations with Iran after a deal to dismantle the country’s nuclear weapons programme was verified in January 2016, ending years of crippling international sanctions.
KUALA LUMPUR -- Malaysia’s reformist icon Anwar Ibrahim has been freed from custody after receiving a royal pardon, transforming a political prisoner into a prime minister-in-waiting following last week’s election.
SAN FOCA -- The Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP) – set to bring Azeri natural gas to Turkey and the EU – is the central link in the so-called Southern Gas Corridor aimed at reducing Europe’s reliance on Russian supplies.
BRUSSELS -- Economic growth across Europe took a dent in the first three months of 2018, while industrial production in the eurozone rose 0.5 percent in March, after three consecutive monthly declines.
SURABAYA -- A family of Islamist militants in Indonesia carried an eight-year-old into a suicide bomb attack against police in Surabaya, a day after another militant family killed 13 people in suicide attacks.
SINGAPORE -- Singapore’s diplomatic ties with North Korea and its proximity made the Southeast Asian city-state a natural choice for the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.
LONDON -- EU companies face secondary sanctions from the White House over trade deals with Iran. Secondary sanctions cut off foreign businesses from the U.S. financial system, making them unattractive business partners.
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.
SOCCER -- Reigning champions Real Madrid are aiming to become first team to win three successive titles, while Liverpool are hoping to win a sixth European Cup in their first final since losing to AC Milan in 2007.
SOCCER -- The final of the FA Cup, the world’s oldest association football competition, will be contested this year by 8-time winners Chelsea and Manchester United, seeking a record-equalling 13th victory.
CYCLING -- After starting in Jerusalem, Israel - the first Grand Tour to start outside Europe - the riders now face the first of the mountain stages. The Giro ends in Rome for only the fourth time in its history.