A summit between Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas tentatively scheduled for this week was postponed on Monday until the end of the month, an Abbas aide said.
Sharon and Abbas had both said there was no point holding the meeting, the first since Israel completed its pullout from the Gaza Strip, if it was not going to deliver substantial results, the AP says.
The summit had been due to take place on Tuesday after it was postponed from October 2 amid a surge of violence and because of a lack of preparation.
Russian small missile ships - the Grad Sviyazhsk and the Great Ustyug - set off for a mission to the Mediterranean Sea
President Vladimir Putin has not released an official statement yet about his position on the issue of the pension reform in Russia