- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 31, 2007

IRELAND

Rockers to preview forthcoming tracks

DUBLIN — R.E.M. plans to give fans a taste of tracks from an upcoming album during a series of gigs in Dublin this summer.

In a statement posted Friday on the R.E.M. Web site, the band said it would hold a five-night “working rehearsal” for the album at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre June 30, July 1 and July 3-5.

Formed in Athens, Ga., almost 30 years ago, R.E.M. was a college-radio favorite in the 1980s with songs like “Radio Free Europe” and “Pretty Persuasion” before becoming a mainstream favorite with 1990s hits including “Losing My Religion” and “Everybody Hurts.”

UKRAINE

Protesters want new elections

KIEV — Tens of thousands of demonstrators called on Ukraine’s president yesterday to defeat a challenge from the rival prime minister by dissolving parliament and calling new elections, a move that could throw the ex-Soviet republic into crisis.

A smaller rally supported the prime minister.

President Viktor Yushchenko accused Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych of trying to usurp power by recruiting lawmakers allied with the president. Mr. Yushchenko told a party conference that if the situation did not change, “I will sign the decree to dissolve parliament.”

SPAIN

Museum opens new extension

MADRID — The Prado museum unveiled a modernist new annex of red brick, granite, oak and marble yesterday, giving a first look at sorely needed exhibition space for one of Spain’s main tourist attractions.

Designed by architect Rafael Moneo, the new space offers visitors plenty of natural light and blends in discreetly with the original gallery built in the early 19th century.

The sober addition completes the first phase of the planned expansion of the Prado, which is considered to have the world’s richest store of pre-20th-century masters, including Velazquez, Rubens, El Greco and Goya.

ITALY

Jazz great dead at 85

ROME ? Jazz musician Tony Scott, a clarinetist, composer and arranger who worked with such greats as Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker, has died, the House of Jazz said yesterday. He was 85.

Mr. Scott died Wednesday in Rome, where he had lived for decades, according to a statement from the Italian center for the promotion of jazz.

Mr. Scott, who also played the saxophone, worked with many of the greatest jazz musicians over a career that spanned decades and continents, playing with Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington and Sarah Vaughan.

GERMANY

Merkle in Mideast to push peace process

JERUSALEM — German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived in Israel yesterday on the second leg of her Middle East tour aimed at putting the EU’s weight behind efforts to revive the stalled Middle East peace process.

Mrs. Merkel, whose country holds the EU’s rotating presidency, was welcomed by Israeli Welfare Minister Isaac Herzog at Ben Gurion Airport as she arrived from neighboring Jordan, where she held talks with King Abdullah II.

She then headed to Jerusalem for the first of two meetings with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on her second tour of the region this year, a German official said.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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