Turkmenistan is rewarding women who have over eight children with $25, as well as free utilities, transportation, and dental care.
>>Israel and Palestine – Israel and the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas agreed yesterday to resume talks under pressure from US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. Talks were suspended by Abbas due to an incursion by the Israeli army into Gaza, which left 125 people dead over 5 days. Human rights groups said yesterday that Israel’s blockade has downgraded Gaza’s humanitarian situation to its worst state since Israel’s occupation in 1967.
>>Columbia, Venezuela, Ecuador – The Organization of American States declared the Columbian raid against FARC rebels in Ecuador to be a violation of sovereignty, a measure intended to ease relations between Columbia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.
>>Gazprom – Gazprom has agreed resume gas shipments to the Ukraine, after it agreed to settle a $600 million debt that occured after Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko refused to sign contracts negotiated by the President Viktor Yushchenko. Tymoshenko is both attempting to reduce Gazprom’s control of the Ukraine’s domestic gas market and exert political primacy over Yushchenko.
>>Vatican – The Vatican will create an interfaith forum with Muslim leaders and scholars, intended to ease relations between the religions. The first of which, “Love of God, Love of Neighbor,” will be held in Rome in November and will likely be attended by the Pope. Relations between leadership of the two religions have been hindered since the Pope quoted a Bizantine emperor in a 2006 speech as saying that Islam was “evil and inhuman.” He later expressed regret that his remarks had been taken out of context but never apologized.
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