- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 24, 2007

ISRAEL

Blair begins stint as peace envoy

JERUSALEM — Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair opened his mission yesterday to help Palestinians build solid foundations for their future state, offering ideas to Israeli leaders that are designed to stabilize the shaky government of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.

Mr. Blair arrived in Jerusalem for meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. His limited mandate from the Quartet powers — the United States, the European Union, the United Nations and Russia — is to help the Palestinians lay the groundwork for statehood.

BRITAIN

Parliament suspends Saddam supporter

LONDON — The British Parliament’s lower house yesterday suspended a lawmaker accused of concealing his financial dealings with Saddam Hussein’s government.

George Galloway, known for his fierce opposition to Britain’s role in the invasion of Iraq, was suspended for 18 days after an investigation found that a charity he set up was partly funded by the Iraqi dictator.

Mr. Galloway, who also faces a criminal investigation by Scotland Yard, accused his opponents of hypocrisy.

POLAND

Objections raised to EU reforms

BRUSSELS — Poland raised fresh objections yesterday to a major EU package of reforms meant to replace the bloc’s failed constitution and end two years of political turmoil.

At a meeting to begin a key conference on finalizing the European Union’s new reform treaty, Polish Foreign Minister Anna Fotyga told her colleagues that Poland was considering opting out of the bloc’s Charter of Fundamental Rights.

SWITZERLAND

Pilot dies in bid for speed record

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