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Damage because of last week's earthquake in China is estimated at $9.5 billion to businesses alone, the government said Monday as much of the nation ground to a halt for three minutes of official mourning. At least 34,000 deaths have been attributed to the quake, with more than 29,000 other people still missing. Adding to the casualty count, the government said more than 200 relief workers were buried by mudslides as they repaired roads.

Saying, "We know there are 18 snipers," Zimbabwe's political opposition accused military intelligence of plotting to assassinate presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai on his return from a month abroad. Tsvangirai, who is in Europe, delayed his trip Saturday but will arrive "very soon" to contest the June 27 runoff against incumbent Robert Mugabe, a spokesman for the Movement for Democratic Change said. Mugabe's Information Ministry said it wasn't aware of a plot and accused Tsvangirai of "playing to the international media gallery."


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