MISCELLANEOUS

50 and dreading it

LONDON: He may be comfortable handling the Iraq crisis but when it comes to turning 50, British Prime Minister Tony Blair says he feels nothing but dread. In an interview with Britain's Saga magazine — a publication aimed at the more mature reader — Mr. Blair said he was not looking forward to reaching his half-century on May 6. "I must be honest with you. I've been dreading 50. Funnily enough, I don't feel 50 at all," he said, adding: "I feel great, physically. I do more exercise today than I've done since I was at school."

— AFP