- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 9, 2005

UNITED KINGDOM

Egypt toll rises with teen’s death

LONDON — A British teenager has died of injuries sustained in the July 23 bomb blasts in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheik, raising the British death toll there to eight with three persons missing, the Foreign Office said yesterday.

Hannah Lloyd, 16, suffered severe burns in the attack that ripped through the Red Sea resort.

The teenager, from Evesham in Worcestershire, central England, had been staying at the Ghazala Gardens Hotel with her sister Georgina, 14, and their mother, Heidi.

UNITED KINGDOM

Radical imam vows to return

LONDON — Radical Muslim cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed, who faces treason charges in his adopted home country of Britain, said yesterday that he nevertheless intends to return to London from a vacation in Lebanon, if the British government lets him.

Speaking a day after his deputy revealed that he had left Britain a month after the London bombings of July 7, Mr. Bakri Mohammed said he had gone abroad of his own free will to see relatives.

“I am going to return back in four weeks unless the government says we are not welcome, because my family is in the United Kingdom,” the Syrian-born cleric, who has a Lebanese passport, told British Broadcasting Corp. radio.

BELGIUM

EU confident on Turkey talks

BRUSSELS — Olli Rehn, enlargement commissioner for the European Union, said in a speech yesterday that he was “reasonably confident” that preliminary membership talks with Turkey would start as scheduled on Oct. 3.

“If we stick to what we have ourselves decided at the highest political level in the European Council [summit], as we should, I am reasonably confident that the negotiations shall start on the 3rd of October,” Mr. Rehn said in a speech delivered in Hamburg.

French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin last week poured cold water on prospects for starting accession talks on schedule by suggesting the negotiations might be delayed if Ankara did not recognize the Republic of Cyprus, which is run by the internationally endorsed Greek-Cypriot government.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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