- The Washington Times - Friday, July 20, 2007

BRITAIN

Official says U.S. ties ’most important’

LONDON — Britain’s new Foreign Secretary David Miliband yesterday insisted on the primacy of Britain’s relationship with the United States.

“The U.S. is the single most important bilateral relationship,” Mr. Miliband told the think tank Chatham House.

Mr. Miliband’s first speech as foreign minister came after recent comments by International Development Secretary Douglas Alexander and junior foreign minister Mark Malloch Brown that suggested the trans-Atlantic relationship had weakened.

ARGENTINA

First lady starts presidential bid

BUENOS AIRES — First lady Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner started her bid for Argentina’s presidency at a rally yesterday, promising to press ahead with the left-leaning reforms of her popular husband.

Mrs. Fernandez, 54, a senator whose presidential bid has drawn comparisons to U.S. candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, told about 2,000 supporters in La Plata, capital of Buenos Aires province, that the country should continue down the path of President Nestor Kirchner.

“Presidential elections can’t be a game of Russian roulette” with Argentines not knowing the future and everything changing from one administration to the next, Mrs. Fernandez said.

INDIA

Building crash kills 27 in Bombay

BOMBAY — At least 27 persons were crushed to death and several more trapped when an old building collapsed in India’s financial capital, police said yesterday.

The seven-story building in a crowded northern suburb of Bombay collapsed late Wednesday, but rescue workers began pulling out most bodies only early yesterday. About 15 persons were removed alive, several with serious injuries. Police said 25 to 40 people still could be trapped.

Civic authorities blamed faulty repair work being carried out in the building for the accident.

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