- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 21, 2008


Woman, man found in quake debris

CHENGDU — Rescuers yesterday freed a 60-year-old woman who was trapped for more than 195 hours after last week’s earthquake and had survived by drinking rainwater, while the confirmed death toll rose to more than 40,000.

The woman suffered a hip fracture and facial bruises during her eight-day ordeal, which began after a landslide swept away a temple in the city of Pengzhou, Hong Kong-based Phoenix Satellite Television reported.

She was one of only two people thought to have been rescued yesterday, the Xinhua news agency said. The other was a man pulled from a flattened power plant just after midnight.

The tales of survival came after the confirmed death toll from the disaster rose to 40,075, according to the State Council, China’s Cabinet. Officials have said the final number killed by the quake was expected to surpass 50,000.


U.S. military cites Beijing’s capabilities

The U.S. military painted China yesterday as posing a growing threat to the United States and others in space and cyberspace.

China is “aggressively” honing its ability to shoot down satellites along with other space and counter-space capabilities, said Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Horne of the U.S. Strategic Command.

Such know-how has big implications for Beijing’s potential to curb access in the Taiwan Strait “and well beyond,” he told the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, a congressionally created advisory group.

Col. Gary McAlum, chief of staff of the command’s Joint Task Force for Global Network Operations, told the panel, “Several Chinese advances have surprised U.S. defense and intelligence officials and raised questions about the quality of our assessments of China’s military capabilities.”


Plan eyed to store e-mails, phone calls

LONDON — Britain is considering a massive government database to store e-mails, Internet information, phone calls and text messages of all residents to help security forces in the fight against crime and terrorism.

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