More than 300 new batches of milk powder have tested chemical-free, China's General Administration of Quality Supervision said Sunday in a bid to restore trust in products from the dairy industry. But its announcement came as Iran and Guyana became the latest nations to ban imports of Chinese-made dairy products. Testing in Australia, South Korea, and Hong Kong found melamine in products imported from China, and they were withdrawn from sale or destroyed.
Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit of Egypt became the latest senior official of an Arab state to visit Iraq, in another sign that the war-torn nation's ties with its neighbors are improving. Aboul Gheit, who was accompanied by Oil Minister Sameh Fahmy, promised that their government would reopen its embassy in Baghdad "soon." Terrorists murdered Egypt's envoy to Iraq in 2005. The leaders of Jordan, Lebanon, and the United Arab Emirates also have visited or sent ambassadors in recent months.
An all-out war against Kurdish rebels was pledged by Turkey's leaders after 15 government troops were killed in an attack Friday near the border with Iraq. Two other soldiers were missing following the worst clash between the two sides in eight months. It caused Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to cut short an official visit overseas and return home to convene an emergency cabinet meeting. Funerals for the dead brought tens of thousands of angry Turks into the streets of major cities Sunday demanding revenge.
An indefinite curfew was imposed on Indian-controlled Kashmir Sunday and thousands of paramilitary troops patrolled the streets as separatists organized a new rally for independence. The demonstration, planned for Monday, would be the first since the end of the Muslim holy month, Ramadan. The top two organizers were arrested and a third was placed under house arrest.
Nine more people were found murdered Saturday in Tijuana, Mexico, in violence blamed on a turf war between rival drug traffickers. The discoveries bring to 49 the number of such deaths in the city in less than a week. Elsewhere, a drug gang also was blamed for assassinating the mayor of Ixtapan de la Sal, a popular resort town. Two others riding in his car were wounded when gunmen sprayed it with bullets.
President Evo Morales of Bolivia deepened his government's rift with the US, announcing Saturday that he'd rejected a request by the Drug Enforce-ment Administration for a flight that would ferry agents between two cities. "We don't need anyone spying," said the leftist leader, who last month expelled US Ambassador Philip Goldberg. Bolivia is the world's No. 3 producer of coca, the base ingredient of cocaine. The US pays Bolivia $66 million a year to crack down on illegal drugs.
A completed assembly plant for the world's cheapest car was abandoned over the weekend, throwing plans for bringing the $2,500 vehicle to market this year into doubt. Tata Motors Inc. blamed opposition by a local political party in India's West Bengal State for its decision to site a new plant elsewhere. The Trinamool Party organized violent protests against the plant by farmers on grounds that they'd been inadequately compensated for selling their land to Tata Motors.
Rescuers brought the 10th – and last – survivor to safety from a gold mine in the northern Philippines, almost two weeks after he and his co-workers were trapped by flooding. Six others died. Reports credited the miner's physical fitness for keeping him alive during the ordeal. But he later was arrested for his failure to appear for trial on theft and robbery charges.