Syria peace plan in disarray as violence spills into Turkey "International efforts to resolve the bloody crisis in Syria are mired in disarray and uncertainty in the face of violence spilling over into Turkey, and the near certain failure to meet Tuesday's UN-imposed deadline for government troop withdrawals and a ceasefire.
Robert Mugabe said to be fighting for life in Singapore hospital "The Zimbabwe Mail said the President was undergoing intensive treatment in Singapore and that some members of his family had joined him after boarding a chartered private jet on Saturday. The alarm was raised when the government postponed a cabinet meeting set for today."
US temperature records shattered in 2012 "It has been so warm in the United States this year that national records were not just broken, they were deep-fried. Temperatures in the lower 48 states were 8.6 degrees (4.8 degrees Celsius) above normal for March."
The Disconnect: on single life "The reputation of modern solitude is puzzling, because the traits enabling a solitary life - financial stability, spiritual autonomy, the wherewithal to buy more dishwashing detergent when the box runs out - are those our culture prizes."
The strange world of outlandishly expensive hosiery for men "Many of us can name the various brands of suits worn by the world's best-kitted gentlemen. But what about the socks hidden beneath those suits?"