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Tens of thousands of people were being evacuated from the path of a potential dam burst in southwestern China Tuesday as soldiers and police worked to relieve pressure on rubble and mud left by the May 12 earthquake. The lake in Szechuan Province is the largest of 35 resulting from landslides that have blocked rivers, and its depth was measured at 2,380 feet and rising. The government issued a new count of deaths from the quake – 67,183 – and estimated the economic loss in Szechuan alone at more than $29 billion. Above, a resident of the province salvages a mattress from the rubble.

International relief groups began their first missions in the cyclone-battered Irawaddy Delta of Burma (Myanmar) Tuesday. But that development was overshadowed by a one-year extension of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi's house arrest as her current sentence was due to expire. She has been confined for almost 13 of the past 18 years.

The Kremlin reacted to demands for an apology and compensation for a downed Georgian reconnaissance drone Tuesday by saying it has no confidence in a UN finding that a Russian military jet was responsible. No "definitive response" is possible until Georgia agrees to hand over videotaped footage of the incident, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. The unmanned craft was shot down April 20 over the separatist province of Abkhazia.


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