Asian neighbors hastened to ban or recall dairy products from China because of the spreading milk powder scandal. Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, and Hong Kong all acted out of concern that the products may be tainted with the chemical melamine. The director of China's food-quality agency resigned Monday, a year after the system had been overhauled because of tainted toothpaste and pet food exports. The government raised the number of infants sickened from drinking formula made from the tainted milk powder to 53,000.
Only a late change in plans kept Pakistan's entire government leadership and top military commanders from being in a luxury hotel in Islamabad when it was devastated by a terrorist bomb, reports said Monday. The group was to have been the guests of the speaker of parliament at the Marriott Hotel at the time of the blast Saturday, but the venue was shifted to the home of Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Riza Gilani, a government spokesman said. At least 53 people were killed in the blast; 266 others were hurt.