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Chinese President Hu Jintao visited the earthquake-rocked region of Qinghai in western China on Sunday as official estimates of the damage to human life rose to 1,700 dead, with 256 missing and 12,128 injured.

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Following previous accusations by aid agencies, a video has surfaced amid Israel's assault on the Gaza Strip that shows images "consistent with the use of white phosphorus shells" -- i chemical weaponry The Israeli military has denied use of the chemical agent, which can burn skin to the bone.

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Former Truthdigger of the Week Linda Bilmes offers this scathing analysis of America's treatment of its wounded. The Harvard public finance expert writes that for every fatality in Iraq, there are 16 injuries, and doctors and bureaucrats at home are struggling to keep up with the unprecedented -- and underestimated -- surge of wounded soldiers.

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