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Attackers armed with knives killed three people in China Friday, an official said, ruling out terrorism two weeks after a mass stabbing blamed on Xinjiang militants left 29 people dead and stunned the nation. "Three people died," an official in Changsha, the capital of central Hunan province, told AFP by phone. After an argument between two vendors from China's far-west Xinjiang region, one man stabbed the second, then attacked other people, killing three bystanders and seriously wounding two more before running away, the Hunan Evening News reported. Three people were killed, it said on its account on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter, citing police.
BAGHDAD (AP) — A contentious draft law being considered in Iraq could open the door to girls as young as nine getting married and would require wives to submit to sex on their husband's whim, provoking outrage from rights activists and many Iraqis who see it as a step backward for women's rights.
NEW YORK (AP) — Using sound devices to probe for voices and telescopic cameras to peer into small spaces, workers searching a pile of rubble from a gas explosion in New York City continued to treat it as a rescue operation, holding onto the possibility of finding survivors from a blast that brought down two apartment buildings and killed at least eight people.