A "decisive victory" was proclaimed by Chinese authorities Tuesday after water from the nation's most dangerous "quake lake" roared down a man-made spillway just before new rains that could swell it further were expected. By nightfall, more than half the water in Tangjiashan Lake had drained, easing pressure on the rock-and-mud dam caused by the May 12 quake. Above, soldiers aim a rocket launcher at objects that could impede the flow of water from the lake.
Saying, "our victory is certain" in Zimbabwe's June 27 presidential runoff, opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai dismissed talk of a unity government as premature Tuesday. Earlier, a senior aide to incumbent Robert Mugabe appeared to lend new credence to suggestions that sharing power with Tsvangirai's Movement for Democratic Change would be good for the nation. Since the disputed election in March, Zimbabwe "is effectively being run by a military junta," not by Mugabe, Tsvangirai said.
A bomb exploded under the car of Saddam Hussein's tribal leader in Tikrit, Iraq, Tuesday, killing him and his driver and seriously wounding three bodyguards. Sheikh Ali al-Neda had accepted the dictator's remains for burial following his execution in 2006 and later called on Iraqis to "build a future without revenge." His Sunni al-Bu Nasir tribe consists of about 20,000 members, among them Hussein's remaining relatives.