TORY VICTORY: London – The announcement of initial results in today’s parliamentary election in Britain showed an immediate lead for the Conservatives, who look set to emerge victorious from the electoral battle. This initial impression is being boosted by results that are still coming in, so it seems the Tories will prevail in the end. Although it is premature to speculate about the eventual number of seats they will gain, the Conservatives are expected to secure a comfortable majority in the House of Commons. According to rough estimates, about 29 million voters went to the polls today, compared to 26.7 million in 1955. MARIO LANZA: Rome – According to an official announcement, the death of the famous Italian-American tenor and cinema star Mario Lanza yesterday was due to complications arising from severe cardiovascular disease. A relative of the late singer said today that Lanza would most likely be buried next Saturday in a grave next to that of Enrico Caruso, at a cemetery in a Naples suburb. IRAQ: London – Iraqi Prime Minister Abdel Karim Qasim was shot twice in the shoulder today by an unknown assailant. Qasim was taken to hospital, but was later able to speak to the people. His wounds are reportedly not life-threatening.