Hopes diminished that the 44 crew members on an Argentine submarine missing for more than a week would be found alive after evidence pointed to the possibility that it had exploded and because it only had a seven-day supply of oxygen.
One day in April last year, 13-year-old Savitri was walking down a road with her mother in Dataganj District, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India, carrying a flask of tea to her father, a laborer at a brick kiln, when five men pulled her into a moving jeep. One of them was from their village.
More than 200 fire engines and firefighting crews from around the United States were being rushed to California on Wednesday to help battle infernos, which have left at least 23 people dead and thousands homeless.
At least 10 people, including a child, were missing and 400,000 were forced from their homes after record rains battered southwestern Japan for a second day on Thursday, sending rivers surging over their banks, a government official and media said.
Fears grew for 141 people missing in China after a landslide buried their mountain village in southwestern Sichuan Province on Saturday, with reports that only three survivors had been pulled out of the mud and rock hours after the calamity struck.