A survivor was pulled from the wreckage of a power plant in China Tuesday, becoming the second person to be found alive a week after the May 12 earthquake. But a warning of strong new aftershocks panicked thousands of people in southwestern Szechuan Province. The government said it needs donations of 3 million tents to house those left homeless but that all such people will receive a $1.44-a-day subsidy.Skip to next paragraph
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Iraqi Army units had to clear more than 100 roadside bombs but met no other resistance Tuesday as they moved deep into Baghdad's Sadr City slum. The deployment, coordinated with radical cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's Mahdi Army, is aimed at extending government control over the sprawling area for the first time in more than five years. No US soldiers were involved in the operation, a spokesman said.
Informed sources in Israel's Defense Ministry said a new cease-fire with Hamas covering the Gaza Strip could go into effect by the end of the week. The truce, being brokered by Egypt, reportedly became more likely after Defense Minister Ehud Barak agreed to postpone discussions on kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit, who has been in Hamas custody for almost two years. But Shalit's father said he'd been assured by Prime Minister Ehud Olmert that "there will not be any agreements ... with Hamas that do not include Gilad's release."
Mediators in Lebanon's political crisis gave Hezbollah until Wednesday to respond to two "best solutions" for ending the deadlock. The mediators said the anti-Syrian governing coalition has agreed to the proposals on sharing power and on changes in election law that would redistrict Beirut, the capital. Sources close to the mediation effort in neutral Qatar said it probably would be suspended if Hezbollah fails to accept the proposals.