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The Obama Administration says it's cutting a "new path" toward Middle East peace. With Israel and the Palestinians both divided among themselves, we hear about outreach to Syria, Turkey and even Iran. Also, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown becomes the first European leader to visit President Obama, and some Protestants are embracing "creationism" and "intelligent design," but not the Vatican. We hear about next month’s conference on Charles Darwin and Evolution.


Banner image: Secretary of State Clinton and Special Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell met yesterday with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, foreground right, at the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik, Egypt. Photo: AP

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Andrea Brody
Christian Bordal

Reporter's Notebook Scientists, Theologians Meet at the Vatican on Evolution 7 MIN, 12 SEC

god_after_darwin.jpgThe Roman Catholic Church has challenged scientific discoveries over the years, but has never repudiated Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution. Some Protestant denominations have though, and the recent prominence of “creationism” and “intelligent design” has given some Catholics pause. Starting today, the Vatican is holding a conference, at which scientists and theologians have gathered with the specific goal of affirming that Christian faith and modern science are not at odds but completely compatible. John Haught, Professor Emeritus of Theology at Georgetown University, is author of God after Darwin: A Theory of Evolution.

Guests:
John Haught, Senior Fellow, Woodstock Theological Center

God after Darwin

John Haught

Main Topic America's 'New Path' in the Middle East 35 MIN, 51 SEC

Four years after the Bush Administration severed relations with Syria, Hillary Clinton said today two US diplomats will go to Damascus. The Secretary of State is in Jerusalem after talking so passionately yesterday about Israeli-Palestinian peace that Arab reporters applauded. Israel has not yet formed a new government after last month’s election. The Palestinians are divided between Hamas and Fattah. Can Syria have a role in the peace process? What about Turkey? Will Iran respond to efforts to talk about its nuclear development?

Guests:
James Hider, Reporter, Times of London
Joshua Landis, University of Oklahoma (@joshua_landis)
Alon Ben-Meir, Senior Fellow, New York University's Center for Global Affairs
Nadia Hijab, Senior Fellow, Institute for Palestine Studies
Borzou Daragahi, Financial Times (@borzou )

Making News UK's Gordon Brown Becomes First European Leader to Visit Obama 5 MIN, 53 SEC

obama-brown.jpgBritain’s Prime Minister Gordon Brown met today in the White House with President Obama. They began with routine business. Obama reaffirmed the special relationship between the two countries; Brown thanked the president for his hospitality, his leadership “and the inspiration he is giving the world at this very difficult time.” Tops on the agenda, of course was the crisis in the global economy. Ed Luce is Washington Bureau Chief for the Financial Times.

Guests:
Ed Luce, Financial Times

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