The Chinese ship that ran aground on a coral reef off the Philippines was no fishing boat, according to authorities.  It was hauling more than 10,000 kilos of meat from a protected species called the Pangolin, or “scaly anteater”.

At least two people are dead and more than two dozen are injured after a pair of explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  A third explosion at the JFK library, also in Boston, is also under investigation.  Details are still sketchy, and information and misinformation are flying hand in hand, so we’re going to keep this to the few confirmed details

Before he died, Hugo Chavez said he wanted Nicolas Maduro to succeed him and carry on his program of Bolivarian Socialism.  Buoyed by that endorsement, Maduro eked out a narrow win over his nearest competitor in Venezuela’s Presidential Election.

Will Venezuelan voters continue on the Bolivarian path or opt for a return to capitalism?  Also, a terrorist assault in Mogadishu proves deadly, and people who lost big parts of their savings in Cyprus get an offer they’ll probably refuse.

Adam Scott is the first Aussie to win The Masters and take home the Green Jacket, beating Angel Cabrera in a sudden-death playoff at Augusta National.  And you'll see it right here on CareerSpot.

After shoring up relations among friends and frenemies in East Asia, US Secretary of State John Kerry says America is ready to “reach out” to North Korea if it gives up nuclear weapons, while vowing to protect US allies.

Human Rights activists say Syrian air strikes killed 16 people in a village in the Kurdish northern region.  A government shelling attack also toppled the minaret of a historic mosque.

Teen singing sensation Justin Beiber hopes that if Anne Frank had not been murdered in a nazi concentration camp in the 1940s she would have been a devoted fan.  I really, really wish this were a joke.

Regional elections are coming up in India, and the national Election Commission is gearing up to keep the balloting smooth and protect voters and pollworkers from potentially violent disruptions.. by elephants (no, not American Republicans).

Five people were killed when a chartered bus swerved off the road in Belgium and plunged off a bridge into a dry riverbed. 

A crowded passenger plane crashes into the ocean and splits in half;  The US and China announce new cooperation to denuclearize North Korea;  A French Bandit stages a daring escape from Le Slammer;  And Tiger Woods is not disqualified.

People were jolted out of bed by an early morning earthquake in Japan’s “Second City”;  US Secretary of State John Kerry is in South Korea to work on resolving the current tensions on the peninsula;  Women want to pray at the Western Wall, Israeli cops stop them; And a legendary comedian is dead.

Sexual assault and online bullying come to tragic ends on either side of North America;  A kid recovers from the new Bird Flu while hundreds of others are catching measles elsewhere on the globe;  And BBC Radio One has to choose between respect for the deceased and the will of the marketplace.  Yikes.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the Hamas government of Gaza has totally failed to investigate the murders of seven Palestinians who were accused of collaborating with Israel.

Foreign Ministers of the world’s eight wealthiest nations (G8) are condemning North Korea for its nuclear belligerence, ballistic missiles, and steady stream of threats.

Hundreds of thousands of university students hit the streets of Chile’s major cities again today, calling for free, quality education available to all in the South American nation.

U.S. Defense Intelligence officials believe that North Korea might be able to launch a nuclear weapon on a missile, the first such admission about Pyongyang’s capabilities.

The North American “National Hockey League” (NHL) is adopting historic measures in support of gay athletes.  It’s the first time any men’s professional sports league has done so.

A fisherman in Belarus is dead after getting into a fight with a Beaver and losing, badly.  The victim bled to death before an ambulance could reach him and take him to hospital.

The United States Senate has begun debate a proposed law to expand criminal background checks on gun buyers.  Although the polls say most Americans want this, a handful of conservatives vow to stand in the way.

South Korea’s Yonhap News Agengy is reporting that the North has shifted the positions of two mobile launchers holding missiles in advance of what is widely expected to be at least one launch very soon.