- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 24, 2005


Skeletons of infants from ice age found

VIENNA — The 27,000-year-old skeletons of two ice age infants have been found near Krems in northern Austria, the first discovery of its kind in Europe, the Austrian press reported yesterday.

The perfectly preserved skeletons measuring 16 inches had been protected by a mammoth’s shoulder-blade bone, under which they had been buried on a sheltered hillside on the banks of the Danube River.

The grave, discovered 18 feet below ground, also contained a necklace of 31 beads made from mammoth ivory and was located next to an area inhabited by ancient “Homo sapiens fossils,” newspapers reported.

The age of the skeletons will be analyzed by the Institute of Natural Sciences in Vienna, which will also determine the cause of death.


Brown to continue Blair’s reform agenda

LONDON — Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown, Britain’s treasury chief, in an interview to appear today, vows to continue Tony Blair’s reform agenda if and when he becomes Britain’s next prime minister.

Speaking to the Sunday Times newspaper on the eve of the Labor Party’s annual conference, Mr. Blair’s powerful finance minister and heir apparent said there was “no going back” on public sector reform.

“The program of reform will continue when Tony steps down because it is the right program for Britain,” Mr. Brown said. “Indeed it is the only program for Britain if we are going to compete in the era of globalization.”

Mr. Blair has declared that he won’t serve more than three terms as prime minister — indicating that after Labor’s third straight election win last May the way is clearing for Mr. Brown to take power.


Zimbabwe to get millions in food aid

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Britain is to give more than $17 million in aid to Zimbabweans affected by hunger and a recent shack demolition blitz, which has left hundreds of thousands homeless, the privately owned Daily Mirror said yesterday.

Some $17 million in food aid consisting of 300,000 tons of grain will be distributed in the crisis-hit southern African country while a further $750,000 will be set aside for victims of “Operation Murambatsvina,” the paper said, quoting the British Embassy in Harare.

The U.N. World Food Program estimates that 4 million Zimbabweans are in need of food aid but the government of President Robert Mugabe has said 2.4 million are hungry in a country of nearly 13 million.


Businessman accused of smuggling

MUNICH — A German businessman has been accused of smuggling material for enriching uranium to Pakistan between 2002 and 2004, according to tomorrow’s edition of the weekly Focus.

The weekly said the man, identified as Rainer V. had been placed under criminal investigation by prosecutors in Munich for 23 reputed cases of infringement of the law on trade in weapons of war.

He is reputed to have shipped the material by air from Munich or by ship from Hamburg or Bremen to contacts in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, or neighboring Rawalpindi.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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