War and peace
JERUSALEM — International Mideast negotiators today searched for ways to revive peace talks after Hamas' takeover of the Gaza Strip, and U.S. officials said they expected to name outgoing British Prime Minister Tony Blair as a senior envoy. 2:38 p.m.
A year or so after the Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini took out an Islamist mob contract on Salman Rushdie, the novelist appeared, after elaborate security arrangements, on a television arts show in London. His host was Melvyn Bragg, a long-time British telly grandee, and it was striking how quickly the interview settled down into the usual cosy lit.crit. chit-chat. Lord Bragg took Mr. Rushdie back to his earlier pre-fatwa work. "After your first book," drawled Mr. Bragg, "which was not particularly well-received."
MANCHESTER, England (Agence France-Presse) — Gordon Brown succeeded Tony Blair as leader of Britain's governing Labor Party yesterday, the first step in the transfer of power that will make him prime minister this week.
VATICAN CITY — British Prime Minister Tony Blair held private talks with Pope Benedict XVI yesterday, stoking speculation he might convert to Catholicism after he steps down this week after a decade in power.
Prime Minister Tony Blair of Britain, scheduled to step down Wednesday, has fired a parting shot at those in Britain and elsewhere who advocate a foreign and security policy that excludes an alliance with the United States. His succinct counsel: "Get real."
LONDON — Prime Minister Tony Blair is to announce that he will convert to Roman Catholicism soon after his planned meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican tomorrow, according to church sources and his friends.
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