Death Toll Rises to 327 in Pakistan Quake
The death toll continues to rise from Tuesday's strong earthquake in southwestern Pakistan. Officials say at least 327 people were killed after thousands of mud homes collapsed in the mountainous Awaran district of Baluchistan province.
Hundreds of other people have been injured and displaced.
Rescue workers are trying to move them to hospitals, but their efforts have been hampered by the widespread destruction. A local official said survivors in the area -- which is near the border with Iran -- are in desperate need of tents, medicine, and food.
Members of Pakistan's military have been airlifted to the area to deliver supplies and help with recovery efforts.
The powerful quake, measured by the U.S. Geological Survey at magnitude 7.7, also caused the seabed to rise and create a small island off Pakistan's southern coast.
Cambodia's Opposition Threatens Nationwide General Strike
Cambodia's opposition is threatening a general strike as it expands its protest against Prime Minister Hun Sen's disputed election victory.
Cambodia National Rescue Party leader Sam Rainsy said Wednesday the one-day strike would be a response to what he called a "constitutional coup" by the government.
The opposition refuses to take part in parliament unless the government agrees to an independent probe of alleged fraud during a July vote that returned the long-ruling Cambodian People's Party to power.
Rainsy said the CNRP will not cooperate "in any manner" with the legislature or government, arguing that its leverage is "strongest now outside the parliament." He said more protests were possible if the ruling party "continues to ignore the will of the Cambodian people."
His comments come a day after Hun Sen was elected by parliament, which convened without its opposition members on Monday. The CNRP says opening of parliament without the required number of opposition members is illegal.