Russia and Ukraine signed a deal Sunday to allow natural gas to resume flowing to freezing customers across Europe. But although monitoring teams from the European Union were fanning out to control centers along the pipeline to ensure that Ukraine does not divert more of the gas than it's entitled to, end users in the Balkans and elsewhere were expected to have to wait up to three more days before the fuel reaches them again.Skip to next paragraph
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Pro-Israel rallies were beginning to counter the waves of protests around the world against the Jewish state's offensive in the Gaza Strip. But demonstrators in support of Israel in Berlin, Frankfurt, and other German cities were far outnumbered by the tens of thousands elsewhere who've demanded a halt to the air and ground attacks in Gaza. The latter demonstrations have been held across Europe, in Canada, Lebanon, Turkey, and as far east as the Philippines. In Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, police had to fire tear gas to disperse a crowd trying to storm the US Consulate over American support for Israel.
Two more Tamil separatist sites fell to Sri Lankan ground troops over the weekend, while retreating rebel units were being attacked from the air by combat planes, government spokesmen said. The two sites were said to be training camps, one of which held an underground theater. The claims could not be verified independently, and rebel spokesmen could not be reached for comment, but it appeared that the separatists were retreating into an ever-smaller stronghold around Mullaittivu on the northeast coast of the island.