New Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani was sworn in Tuesday by his rival, President Pervez Musharraf, who pledged his cooperation. But after the ceremony, Gilani's partner in the new coalition government, ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, told visiting Bush administration officials that parliament will scrutinize Musharraf's approach to Islamist militancy. He said it was "unacceptable" that Pakistan "make our own country a killing field" to "give peace to the world."
At least two people died in western China in new violence between police and Tibetan protesters, the Xinhua news agency said. It blamed the latter for starting the trouble and said one of the dead was a policeman. In a conflicting account, a Tibetan exile group said the security forces had used live ammunition, killing a monk and critically wounding two others. Analysts said either report, if true, showed that defiance in Tibetan areas is still running strong a week after the government's harsh crackdown on dissent.
With presidential and parliamentary elections looming Saturday, Zimbabwe's government was expected to order a rollback of prices on milk, bread, and other basic foods. Despite economists' warnings that lowering prices would worsen inflation – already the highest in the world – President Robert Mugabe warned, "We are going to read the riot act" to merchants who don't obey. Mugabe, seeking a sixth term in his toughest race yet, was accused by opponents of attempting to buy the election.