Worldnotes - March 8, 2008

Cuba: Vatican reaffirms ties United Nations: Food scarcity looms Iraq: Public health declines Vietnam: Agent Orange victims shortchanged Colombia: FARC releases hostages Nigeria: China pledges economic help

Calls grow for Israel-Hamas truce

Calls are mounting for an end to the Israeli bombardment and lockdown of Gaza and for Israel-Hamas talks to end their armed confrontation. Egypt and other countries were reported to be working behind the scenes for an agreement that would end the violence and also provide some immediate relief for the besieged people of Gaza by reopening its border with Egypt.

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