Blair Delays Vacation To Seek Resolution Of Mideast Crisis, Bush Heads To Crawford

Tony Blair’s top priority: Ending a war.

Tony Blair today decided to delay his summer holiday for a few days to help secure a United Nations resolution that would call for an immediate cessation of hostilities in the Israel-Lebanon conflict.

No 10 said the prime minister, who had been expected to leave today, believed the next few days were “crucial” in the efforts to agree a United Nations security council resolution on a ceasefire.

George W. Bush’s priority: Clearing brush.

President Bush arrived here Thursday evening to begin a 10-day stretch at his Prairie Chapel ranch, his longest planned period away from Washington during this summer vacation season. […]

[Bush] plans to spend most of the coming month out of town. He has planned long weekends at Camp David and the Bush family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, for August, before returning to Texas before the Labor Day weekend.