- The Washington Times - Monday, April 11, 2005

ISRAEL

U.S. drops warning on travel to country

JERUSALEM — The United States yesterday canceled its blanket warning against travel to Israel for the first time since the start of a Palestinian uprising more than 4 years ago.

The revision, long sought by Israel, came on the eve of a meeting between Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and President Bush at Mr. Bush’s Texas ranch.

“Terrorist attacks within Israel have declined in both frequency and associated casualties,” the State Department said in an advisory message on its Web site. “However, the potential for further violence remains high.”

ITALY

Berlusconi pressed to call new elections

ROME — Deputy Prime Minister Marco Follini called yesterday for an immediate general election, increasing the pressure on Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi after his rout in regional balloting last week.

A center-left coalition, led by former European Commission President Romano Prodi, won 11 of 13 regions at stake in the elections. He said Italians are fed up with four years of Berlusconi rule, in which the economy has barely grown.

EGYPT

Bazaar bombing toll rises to three victims

CAIRO — A Frenchman wounded in a bombing in a Cairo bazaar died on his way back to Paris for treatment, a French Foreign Ministry spokesman said yesterday, bringing the death toll to three in addition to the bomber.

A French woman, an American man and a man thought to be the bomber also died in the attack on Thursday at the lively bazaar jammed with tourists.

BRITAIN

Blair, leading polls, sets election pace

LONDON — Campaigning hit full swing in Britain’s election yesterday as polls showed Prime Minister Tony Blair was on track to secure a third term in power.

Three new polls showed Mr. Blair should win his third successive election on May 5, a first for a Labor Party prime minister. But the estimates ranged from a lead of seven percentage points to a slim two points over the opposition Conservative Party.

All the forecasts would trim Labor’s 161-seat parliamentary majority, but still give Mr. Blair a comfortable cushion of seats.

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