Today's Developments, 10/29

Military Action:

• U.S. fighter jets returned to their base after dropping bombs near the Afghan capital of Kabul.

• Afghanistan's opposition forces are plotting what they said will be a major push on the vital Taliban-held northern stronghold of Mazar-e-Sharif.

• Britain's foreign secretary said the allies are considering a pause in military strikes during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins in mid-November.

• Iraq said the U.S. and Britain will use terrorism as a pretext to attack.

• Reuters reports that the Taliban ambassador to Pakistan said Afghanistan does not need outside help. He also advised Pakistani mujahideen not to enter the country.


• Japanese lawmakers authorized the country's military to support U.S.-led forces, as long as they do not go into actual combat.

• The head of Pakistan's main radical Islamic party promised a huge, mass sit-in aimed at toppling the pro-U.S. government.

The Anthrax Scare:

• Late Monday night, New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani announced that a 61-year-old stockroom worker at a Manhattan hospital had tested positive in preliminary tests for inhalation anthrax. She was in "very, very serious" condition and on a respirator, Giuliani said.

• State officials announced that a New Jersey woman who handles mail at a business near a regional post office that processed anthrax-tainted letters has skin anthrax, making her the first person in the state infected who is not a postal worker.

• A union representing postal workers in New York City could go to court today or tomorrow to try to shut down their postal facility. The group is concerned about the possibility of employees being exposed to anthrax at the Morgan Processing Center.

• A facility that processes mail for the Justice Department tested positive for anthrax. It receives its mail from the Washington, D.C., postal station where two workers died of anthrax.

• Concern over anthrax has forced the Supreme Court to move today's session to a federal courthouse a mile away. The building was closed Friday after tests showed anthrax on an air filter at a court mail-sorting facility.

The Home Front:

• The FBI warned Americans and law enforcement to be on the highest alert for possible terrorist attacks this week in the U.S. and abroad.

• President Bush held his first formal meeting with the new Homeland Security Council today.

• Workers resumed the recovery effort at the World Trade Center after stopping on Sunday for a memorial service.

• World Trade Center: City officials say 4,167 are missing and 465 bodies have been identified.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.