This is BBC World News. I’m Daniela Ritorto. Let’s have a look at the headlines.
President Obama is due to arrive in the Philippines later where he is expected to sign a deal that will give US forces a bigger presence in the country. The ten-year agreement allows US troops more access to Philippine military bases.
Pro-Russian separatists in Sloviansk in Eastern Ukraine have released one international observer on health grounds. Negotiations are continuing for the release of seven others.
South Korea’s President Park has formally accepted the resignation of the Prime Minister Chung Hong-won over the government’s handling of the sinking of the Sewol passenger ferry. Mr. Chung apologized for the disaster which has left 300 people dead or missing.
In an unprecedented ceremony at the Vatican, Pope Francis has declared two former Popes – John XXIII and John Paul II – as saints. Pope Benedict was also there.