Diminished supplies of natural gas were reported by customers in eastern Europe and Turkey as the row between Ukraine and Russia intensified.Gazprom, Russia's export monopoly, shut off the flow to Ukraine Jan. 1 and accused its counterpart there of stealing gas from pipelines bound for European and Turkish users. But the Ukrainians fired back, alleging that Gazprom had reduced the flow by more than half. The European Union called an emergency meeting on the issue for Monday, demanding that all supply contracts be honored.
Control of restive Diyala Province north of Baghdad was handed over to Iraqi forces Sunday, another move in the US disengagement from responsibility for day-to-day security. Last week, Iraq's government also assumed control of the Green Zone in Baghdad. Against that backdrop, however, a female terrorist infiltrated Shiite pilgrims gathering for the Ashura holy day observances in Baghdad's Kadhimiya neighborhood and triggered an explosive vest, killing herself and at least 37 other people and wounding 72 more.