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Water drains from earthquake-formed lake in China

China

Water drains from huge lake formed by quake

Water poured from the massive Tangjiashan lake, formed by China's deadly earthquake, in a carefully engineered diversion Saturday. The drainage is intended to ease the threat of flooding for a million people in the sprawling disaster zone. After two weeks of frantic work by engineers and soldiers, waters flowed into the hurriedly built spillway. The lake was created when a landslide from the May 12 earthquake, which killed nearly 70,000 people, dammed the Tongkou River. More than 1.3-million people live down river from Tangjiashan; 250,000 of them have been evacuated.

Pakistan

Inquiry is sought in killing of Bhutto

Pakistan said Saturday that it has asked the United Nations to investigate the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammed Sadiq said Pakistan's ambassador to the United Nations handed the request to the world body's secretary-general, Ban Ki Moon, in New York on Friday. It was unclear when Ban would make a decision and whether he would refer the matter to the Security Council. Bhutto died in a gun-and-suicide bomb attack on Dec. 27 as she left an election rally in the city of Rawalpindi.

Musharraf states terms: Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf held out Saturday against rising calls for his resignation, but indicated he would quit if a hostile parliament slashes his powers and leaves him feeling like a "useless vegetable."

Myanmar

More choppers join U.N. relief work

Five helicopters working for the U.N. landed Saturday in Myanmar to help with cyclone relief efforts, as problems continued to dog efforts to help victims of the May 2-3 storm. The five chartered helicopters — two from South Africa, and three from Uganda — were transported to Bangkok, Thailand, more than a week ago and flew into Myanmar's biggest city, Yangon, said U.N. World Food Program spokesman Paul Risley. They join one that began ferrying supplies to the hard hit Irrawaddy delta on Monday. Risley said four more helicopters, now in Bangkok, are expected to fly to Myanmar in the coming week.

Elsewhere

Uganda: Fighting between the Ugandan rebel group Lord's Resistance Army and Sudanese soldiers killed at least 23 people in a remote area near the countries' border last week, rebel and military officials said.

Somalia: Gunmen in the port city of Kismayo shot dead local journalist Nasteex Dahir Farah, 26, a contributor to various news organizations including the Associated Press and the British Broadcasting Corp., Dr. Mohammed Aden Dheel of Kismayo Hospital said Saturday.

Nepal: Tibetan exiles marched in protest against Chinese rule over their homeland in Nepal's capital, Katmandu, on Saturday before police used bamboo batons to beat some of them and detained at least 450, a police official said.

Hong Kong: Health workers slaughtered 2,700 chickens in a market Saturday after poultry were found to be carrying the dangerous H5N1 bird flu virus, health officials said.

Times wires

Water drains from earthquake-formed lake in China 06/07/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 7, 2011 4:33pm]

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