From Between the Hedges:
- Finance ministers from the G-8 focused on how to lower oil prices and ensure their access to energy supplies as ways to insulate the world economy from high fuel costs.
- Nigeria was promised $25 million in aid from the US to combat Africa’s first reported outbreak of avian influenza in poultry.
- Israeli Prime Minister Sharon was taken into surgery after doctors discovered a life-threatening deterioration of his digestive tract.
- The US Northeast’s first major snowstorm descended on the region today, causing flight cancellations and power outages from Virginia to Massachusetts.
- US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the outrage in Muslim nations over cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad might “spin out of control