Yet another survivor of China's earthquake was rescued Wednesday, with injuries that doctors said are not life-threatening. Her discovery came as the government ordered state agencies to cut spending by 5 percent, with the savings going to a $10 billion reconstruction fund for the quake area. One of the hardest-hit cities, Qushan, will be totally rebuilt, but in a new location, reports said.
Preparing for his arrival in Burma (Myanmar) Thursday, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon said its military rulers should focus on saving lives and not politicize "the issues of assistance and aid" following cyclone Nargis. Ban spoke after the New Light of Myanmar newspaper said US ships and helicopters aren't welcome to join relief efforts. At least 78,000 people are reported to have died during or after the storm; the UN estimates another 2.5 million are at risk of starvation and disease.
The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan expressed "satisfaction" over the progress of peace efforts as they met Wednesday for the first time since the change of government in the latter country. As a goodwill gesture, Pakistani authorities said they'd release about 100 Indians held prisoner. India's representative declined to say whether a breakthrough was likely on the issue of the disputed Kashmir, but he hinted that the two sides might discuss joint environmental surveys of the region as a means of reducing mistrust.