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Chinese soldiers blew up wooden houses and other debris Sunday in the Tangjiashan lake formed by the May 12 earthquake that killed nearly 70,000 people. Draining the lake by speeding the flow of water into a spillway has become a priority in government efforts to head off another catastrophe. More than 1 million people who live downriver are threatened by imminent flooding.

Israel and the Palestinians have agreed to start drafting sections of a proposed peace accord that addresses the main issues of their conflict, Ahmed Qureia, the chief Palestinian negotiator, said Saturday. It is the first time since negotiations resumed more than six months ago that anything will be put to paper on final borders, the status of disputed Jerusalem, and the future of Palestinian refugees. Israeli government officials declined to comment.

Tokyo police arrested a man Sunday who drove a rented truck into a crowd of pedestrians and then went on a random midday stabbing rampage that left six people dead and 12 wounded. The accused said he was in a depressed state.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez said Saturday that his government would soon amend a controversial new law to allay fears of citizens required to act as informants if authorities believe they have information on national security threats. The law would have punished noncooperative citizens with up to four years in prison. Above, Chávez greets supporters as he attended a meeting Saturday in Maracaibo.


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