The NYT fronts, and the LAT goes inside, with news that Israel will construct a Jewish settlement in the West Bank for the first time in 10 years. Israel had promised the United States that it would not construct new settlements. The announcement came after the weekend meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas raised hopes that the peace process would be renewed. Also yesterday, Palestinian militants fired seven rockets into Israel and wounded two teenage boys.
The papers go inside with wire stories on the latest oil-related tragedy in Nigeria, where at least 260 people died after a gasoline pipeline exploded. The NYT and USAT front the same harrowing picture. According to residents, thieves had been illegally tapping the pipeline for gasoline. The thieves apparently did not seal the pipe properly, and this led to residents gathering around to collect gasoline for themselves. The rupturing of pipes by thieves is a common occurrence in Nigeria, and it frequently leads to tragedy. Earlier this year, 150 people died in a similar explosion.
The Post fronts word the Bush administration is taking steps to list the polar bear as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. This would put the administration on record as recognizing that global warming, which is raising Arctic temperatures and reducing the amount of sea ice the animals need for hunting and could lead to the extinction of the polar bear.