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By Compiled from wire service reports by Robert Kilborn / October 6, 2008



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 Testing in Australia, South Korea, and Hong Kong found melamine in products imported from China, and they were withdrawn from sale or destroyed.

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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.

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