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 Testing in Australia, South Korea, and Hong Kong found melamine in products imported from China, and they were withdrawn from sale or destroyed.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.