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Stores in Hong Kong reported "panic buying" of foreign-label powered milk by thousands of mothers from China as their government said a third infant had died from drinking tainted formula. The Health Ministry also raised the number of ill babies to 6,244. It said free medical care will be provided to all affected infants. The Xinhua news agency said the company that produced the tainted milk fired its chief, who was then arrested.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff sought to assure Pakistan that the US respects its sovereignty and appreciates the "positive role it is playing in the war on terror." Adm. Mike Mullen arrived there as Pakistan's military issued orders to fire on US commandos crossing the border with Afghanistan to raid Taliban terrorist camps. Meanwhile, Pakistani intelligence said it was investigating reports of a suspected new US missile strike on a militant base.


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