EU's Ashton to start 3-day visit to Middle East

BRUSSELS— Catherine Ashton, the EU's foreign policy chief, starts her second Mideast tour in four months Saturday, trying to restart the stalled peace talks and push Israel into making good on a promise to open border crossings with Gaza.
On her three-day visit, Ashton will meet separately with the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority and also with Tony Blair, the former British premier who is now the international community's envoy to the Middle East.
"The European Union has been calling for an urgent and fundamental change of policy regarding the closure of Gaza," Ashton said on the eve of her visit.