Max Jaffa, the violinist and orchestra leader who entertained BBC audiences with light classical music for decades, died Tuesday at his home in London at 79. No cause of death was given. Mr. Jaffa gained fame after World War II as leader of the Palm Court Orchestra in the long-running British Broadcasting Corp. program "Grand Hotel."
Yusuf Idris, one of Egypt's best-known playwrights whose work often reflected his strong anti-Israeli views, died yesterday in London of heart failure. He was 64. Mr. Idris was considered the literary equal of Naghib Mahfouz, the Egyptian writer who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1988. When Mr. Mahfouz was awarded the prize, Mr. Idris said he was rejected because of his strong anti-Israeli views and protested he should have received it instead, a view shared by many Arab writers and critics.