- The Washington Times - Saturday, April 29, 2006

ITALY

Berlusconi quits; Prodi picks leaders

ROME — Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi announced his resignation yesterday, hours after center-left leader Romano Prodi succeeded in getting his candidates elected to the influential posts of speaker in both houses of parliament.

Mr. Berlusconi, the narrow loser in the April 9-10 general election, said he would hold his last Cabinet meeting on Tuesday and immediately afterward hand in his resignation to President Carlo Azeglio Ciampi.

BRITAIN

Criminal immigrants held for deportation

LONDON — Police yesterday detained foreign criminals who had been released into British society instead of being considered for deportation, as they kept up a manhunt for the most dangerous among more than 1,000 people who had been freed.

Police said 200 police officers working with immigration staff would continue their hunt for 79 serious offenders.

The Home Office declined to specify how many of them had now been detained. The criminals, who had been freed during after completing their sentences, included rapists, murderers and child molesters.

NETHERLANDS

Kenya aid halted over corruption

NAIROBI — The Netherlands has suspended aid to Kenya worth $148 million over corruption concerns.

The Dutch aid suspension was the latest by donors to hit President Mwai Kibaki’s administration. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund recently said they were delaying millions of dollars in aid to Kenya due to corruption scandals.

Weekly notes

Susan Sarandon, the American actress known for her involvement in left-wing politics, criticizes the failure of Democratic Party leaders to oppose the war in Iraq. In an interview with the British television station ITV, Miss Sarandon said there was no reason for Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York or 2004 presidential candidate Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts to vote for the war. … British rock legend Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones fell out of a tree while vacationing in Fiji. Mr. Richards, 62, was injured early last week and flown to a New Zealand hospital for treatment, band spokeswoman Fran Curtis said. He reportedly suffered a concussion.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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