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Blair likens press to ‘feral beast’

LONDON — Britain’s press is like a “feral beast” that tears people and reputations to shreds, Prime Minister Tony Blair said yesterday in a parting shot at journalists after a decade in power.

Mr. Blair, who steps down on June 27, said he was not blaming the press for the “damaged” relationship with politicians but was pointing the finger at the changing nature of modern news.


Kurdish group declares truce

ANKARA — The Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, declared yesterday that it would halt attacks but said its rebels would continue to defend themselves when attacked by Turkish forces, a Belgium-based Kurdish news agency reported.

The Turkish military has intensified anti-rebel operations in the country’s southeast at the border with Iraq, where the guerrillas have been fighting for autonomy for more than two decades.


Islamist arrested as threat to Bush

SOFIA — Bulgarian authorities said yesterday that they had arrested a member of an Islamist group who reportedly tried to approach President Bush during his visit to Bulgaria earlier this week.

“The man is of Arabic origin and a member of an Islamist group. There is also evidence he had trained as a sniper,” Interior Minister Rumen Petkov said From wire dispatches and staff reports