-- 330 million people are being affected by a drought in India.
-- American film icon Shirley Temple's 9.54-carat diamond ring failed to sell at auction house Sotheby's because it did not attain the reserve bid: The best anyone was willing to do was $22 million. The ring was valued at $35 million.
feared to have drowned in the southern Mediterranean last week, in what would be the deadliest migrant shipwreck in months.Every once in a while the ho-hum, it-were-ever-thus of disparities is wiped away in my mind and the grotesque nature of those disparities rattles my cage.
A repurposed fishing boat overloaded by smugglers with up to 500 Africans hoping to reach Italy from eastern Libya may have sunk, survivors told the UN refugee agency.