Pakistan flooding deaths top 1,300
Top story: Pakistani authorities said that the country's worst flooding in years has claimed the lives of 1,313 people so far, and that the final figure could exceed 1,500. The flooding originated in Pakistan's northwestern regions, but has spread as far south as Karachi, affecting up to 14 million people. 1,588 people have been injured and 722,000 homes have been damaged, officials also said.
The international community is trying to rally assistance for the affected areas. The U.S. Agency for International Development has pledged $55 million to international organizations involved in the aid effort. The United Nations also plans to unveil its emergency response plan on Wednesday, injecting another $400 million of aid into the country.
The Pakistani government's response to the floods has been heavily criticized. President Asif Ali Zardari continued a visit to Britain during the height of the flood, raising charges that he was out of touch with the Pakistani people.
China growth slowing: The Chinese economy slowed during July after witnessing rapid growth during the first half of the year, according to Chinese government figures. Important economic indicators, such as the growth of retail sales and fixed asset investment, rose at a slower rate than they had earlier in the year.
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