- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 19, 2006


‘Intelligent design’ assailed in article

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican newspaper has published an article saying “intelligent design” is not science and that teaching it alongside evolutionary theory in school classrooms only creates confusion.

The article in the Tuesday editions of L’Osservatore Romano was the latest in a series of interventions by Vatican officials — including the pope — on the issue that has dominated headlines in the United States.

The author, Fiorenzo Facchini, a professor of evolutionary biology at the University of Bologna in Italy, laid out the scientific rationale for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, saying that in the scientific world, biological evolution “represents the interpretative key of the history of life on Earth.”

Intelligent design “doesn’t belong to science and the pretext that it be taught as a scientific theory alongside Darwin’s explanation is unjustified,” he wrote.


Nomad clash leaves 38 dead

LODWAR — A battle for livestock between Ethiopian and Kenyan nomads has left 38 persons dead in drought-stricken northern Kenya, where tribes are desperately seeking food, pasture and water to survive, officials and aid workers said yesterday.

The clashes occurred in the remote village along the Kenya-Ethiopia border.

Millions are suffering from hunger in eastern Africa because of drought and mismanagement of resources. Preliminary assessments show that those affected include an estimated 3.5 million in Kenya, 1.75 million in Ethiopia, and 1.4 million in Somalia.


Nannies paid more than professionals

LONDON — A nanny looking after children in a central London family home earns on average more than a newly trained nurse or teacher, a study disclosed this week.

The survey, published in the magazine Nursery World, found that the average salary of a central London nanny who did not live with the family but came each day to take care of the children was $49,000 a year. Some earned up to $70,000.

A newly trained nurse is paid on average $31,000, and teachers starting their careers earn $45,000.


U.S. accused of stealing missiles

BRASILIA, Brazil — Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez yesterday accused the CIA of masterminding the theft of Bolivian surface-to-air missiles last year to prevent them from falling into the hands of leftist President-elect Evo Morales.

Mr. Chavez, who often accuses Washington and the CIA of plots against his self-proclaimed socialist revolution, gave no evidence of his charges. Yet the accusations have moved the missile crisis to the center stage of growing suspicion within South America’s resurgent left of Washington’s intentions in the region.

“The head of the Bolivian army handed over some missiles to the American ambassador in Bolivia when they noticed Evo was going to win,” Mr. Chavez said on the sidelines of a summit of heads of state from Venezuela, Argentina and Brazil.

“The United States stole missiles from Bolivia; they are international thieves,” he said after meeting Argentine President Nestor Kirchner and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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