- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 27, 2007

SWEDEN

Scientist celebrated on 300th anniversary

STOCKHOLM — There are places on the moon named after him. His face appears on Swedish currency, and an era of scientific history bears his name. But Carl Linnaeus is best known for creating the system of classifying living organisms that became the international standard.

Sweden yesterday began yearlong celebrations that will mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of its most famous scientist, kicking off festivities with music and fireworks in Linnaeus’ hometown.

“He has meant an incredible amount to the world because by systematizing just about every plant and animal, he helped organize it,” said Kajsa Eriksson, spokeswoman for the Linnaeus 2007 celebration.

Often called the father of taxonomy, Linnaeus laid the foundation for a new classification of plants and animals based on their reproductive systems. His famous book Systema Naturae, classified 4,400 species of animals and 7,700 species of plants.

ITALY

Artist remembered for fairy tale images

ROME — Emanuele Luzzati, whose haunting fairy tale images graced opera stages and animated films, has died in his home in Genoa, officials said yesterday. He was 85.

Mr. Luzzati died after falling ill Friday evening, said Laura Grendanin, a spokeswoman for a museum dedicated to Mr. Luzzati in his native city. The cause of the death was not disclosed.

Mr. Luzzati designed sets and costumes for stage productions and operas, including Milan’s La Scala and England’s Glyndebourne Festival. In 1963 he designed the set for Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” Fifteen years later, he turned the opera into a cartoon that remains one of his most famous works.

He won Oscar nominations for his work on two other animated films. The first nomination came in 1965 for his interpretation of Rossini’s “The Thieving Magpie,” and second in 1973 for “Pulcinella,” according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

RUSSIA

Estonia angers Kremlin by moving monument

MOSCOW — Russia lambasted Estonia yesterday over plans to relocate a Soviet war memorial, saying the move amounted to supporting Holocaust denials.

As most of the world marked Holocaust Memorial Day, Russia’s foreign ministry claimed that any “plan to remove monuments of fighters against Nazism” amounted to a denial of the Nazi genocide.

Politicians in Estonia, which is now a member of the European Union and NATO, argue that for most Estonians the monument represents not liberation from the Nazis but the Soviet occupation that followed.

NETHERLANDS

Terror suspect deported to U.S.

AMSTERDAM — An Iraqi-born Dutch citizen suspected of plotting attacks on Americans in Iraq has been extradited to the United States, the Dutch government said yesterday.

A Justice Ministry spokesman said Wesam al Delaema was on the way to the United States in a military plane.

Mr. al Delaema lost a final appeal against his extradition in December. He was charged in 2005 with participating in a conspiracy to attack Americans in Iraq, in the first charges connected to such purported activities in Iraq. Born in Fallujah, Iraq, he was arrested in the Netherlands in 2005.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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