Boston is preparing for its 2014 marathon – the first since the deadly events of last’s years race. On 15 April 2013 two explosions near the finish line killed three and injured 264 others. This year’s marathon will have heightened security as well as an emotional edge, as thousands of runners gather in the city for the 26.2 mile race.
Members of the media flocked to the Jacob Javits Centre in New York City for the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The show opened with a sneak preview of the latest cars from the world’s most renowned manufacturers including Mazda, Jaguar, Volkswagen, BMW, Rolls-Royce, Honda, Toyota, Mercedes Benz, and more.
People in China, and across the world, are remembering the Tiananmen Square protests, 25 years from when they happened. More than 200,000 people poured into Tiananmen Square in Beijing in April and June, 1989, following the death of former Communist Party leader, Hu Yoabang. The unauthorized demonstration to mourn his death was crushed by Chinese troops on 4th June when army tanks rolled into the square. The resulting massacre is thought to have cost the lives of between 300 and 6,000 people, though no actual figures have been released by the government.
Almost half a year on from the devastating effects of typhoon Haiyan, citizens of Tacloban in the Philippines are continuing to rebuild their lives and community. Their efforts have taken on greater significance and intensity during Holy Week, with many attending religious services and activities despite the widespread destitution. More than 6,000 people died when the typhoon struck the coast, and many more were left homeless. Electricity and housing continue to be a major problem, with many residents still living in temporary accommodation.
A ferry carrying about 470 passengers has sunk off the coast of South Korea’s Jindo Island. The ferry, identified as the Sewol, was carrying hundreds of people including students and teachers when it submerged after running aground. At the time of going to press three people had been confirmed dead, with more than 100 still unaccounted for.
Liverpool Football Club’s Anfield Stadium filled with fans of the club, as well as friends as relatives of the victims of the Hillsborough Disaster, for a special memorial service marking 25 years since the tragedy. Thousands of people filled the arena, while church bells rang out across the city during a minute’s silence to remember the 96 Liverpool supporters who lost their lives due to a crush at the club’s 1989 FA Cup semi final against Nottingham Forest at the Hillsborough football ground.
The rare fossilized bones of a Tyrannosaurus Rex have been presented to officials and the media at Washington DC’s Smithsonian Museum. The nearly-complete skeleton of the 65-million-year-old dinosaur, found by Kathy and Tom Wankel while hiking in Montana in 1988, will be the centerpiece of the museum’s new 31,000 sq ft fossil hall, which will open in 2019.
Old Bond Street in London has been named as the most expensive shopping street in Europe. A report by property advisers Colliers International listed the popular destination as the most expensive, with rents of £839 ($1,400) per square foot per year.
An artist in Bali is making the most of the Easter period with his egg-painting business. Wayan Sadra is in high demand at this time of year, having started painting eggshells in 1997. Customers can chose their designs, with people from Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands among those putting in their orders.
Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine continue to claim victories as they take over government buildings in the east of the country. Ukrainian officials issued an ultimatum to pro-Kremlin militias who have seized numerous buildings, but the deadline passed without any sign of the gunmen yielding their newfound gains.
King Juan Carlos of Spain has visited the United Arab Emirates on the first stop of a Gulf tour based on economic diplomacy. The King, accompanied by a ministerial delegation, as well as leading business figures including Real Madrid chairman, Florentino Perez, attended a session of the first UAE-Spain Economic Forum and the Emirates Palace hotel in Abu Dhabi.