After Flooding In Northwest Pakistan, Communities Ruined, Millions Displaced

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A man negotiates a flood-affected street in Nowshera, Pakistan. Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images AsiaPac hide caption

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Death Toll Reaches 800 In Pakistan's Worst Flood In 80 Years

A man negotiates a flood-affected street in Nowshera, Pakistan.

Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images AsiaPac

In Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa, a province in northwest Pakistan, floods have forced millions of people to abandon their homes. Whole communities have been leveled.

"Estimates of the death toll from drownings, landslides and lightning strikes varied widely, from 730 to 1,100, with officials warning that the total could significantly rise," The Washington Post reports.

NPR's Julie McCarthy has the latest.

Also in the news this morning: The U.S. drawdown in Iraq, a system failure on the International Space Station, former Vice President Dick Cheney remains hospitalized, the United Arab Emirates plan to restrict BlackBerry use, and Lindsay Lohan leaves jail early.

— "In Iraq, an impasse as U.S. troops draw down," Los Angeles Times

"With less than a month to go before the U.S. military completes its drawdown to 50,000 troops and political negotiations still deadlocked, it now seems all but certain that the American combat mission here will end without an elected Iraqi government in place," the Los Angeles Times reports.

Most politicians are predicting that the 5-month-old impasse will continue at least until September, and that a new government could take even longer.

Iraqis fear violence will intensify as tensions increase between political factions and as insurgents seek to take advantage of the vacuum left by the departing troops.

— "A Benchmark of Progress, Electrical Grid Fails Iraqis," The New York Times

According to The Times, "the state of electricity has been one of the most closely watched benchmarks of Iraq’s progress, and of the American effort to transform a dictatorship into a democracy."

And yet, as the American combat mission — Operation Iraqi Freedom, in the Pentagon’s argot — officially ends this month, Iraq’s government still struggles to provide one of the most basic services.

Iraq now has elections, a functioning, if imperfect, army and an oil industry on the cusp of a potential boom. Yet Baghdad, the capital, had five hours of electricity a day in July.

— "Coolant system fails aboard space station," Orlando Sentinel

"A malfunction aboard the International Space Station had NASA scrambling this weekend as astronauts and engineers worked to repair a coolant system that failed after a power surge on Saturday night," the Sentinel reports.

There are two cooling loops on board the $100 billion Space Station. The crew and NASA officials have begun to plan repair missions to fix the broken mechanism.

In other news...

— "Cheney remains hospitalized after heart surgery," The Associated Press

Following heart surgery last month, former Vice President Dick Cheney remains hospitalized, his daughter told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.

— "United Arab Emirates to block key features on BlackBerrys," The Washington Post

"Citing national security concerns, the United Arab Emirates said Sunday that it will block key features on BlackBerry smartphones because the devices operate beyond the government's ability to monitor," The Post reports.

— "Lindsay Lohan walks out of jail," Los Angeles Times

Having served only 13 days of a 90-day sentence, the actress was ordered released from a county jail, to be sent to a substance-abuse treatment facility.



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