The Songkran holiday starts amid warnings to rein in the festival's usual exuberance as the country mourns its late king.
The appearances come amid rising tensions with the US over the latter's threat of military action against Pyongyang.
Russia demanded a speedy investigation into the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria that killed nearly 90 people.
The World Meteorological Organization's eport is part of efforts to improve observations and warnings of sand and dust storms.
The May 21, 2004 attack on a Muslim shrine killed three people and wounded the then-British high commissioner.
Pirates seized an Indian cargo ship Al Kausar off Somalia's coast on April 1.
It is part of a major evacuation deal reached under the mediation of Qatar and Iran in March.
South Korean prosecutors said they expect to indict former President Park Geun-hye early next week over corruption allegations.
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had ordered former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad not to run.
The Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force may conduct helicopter landings on each other's ships and communication drills, sources say.