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The Church of England is planning to put a strict limit on the number of places reserved for pupils from Christian families as part of the biggest shake-up of faith schools' admissions policies for decades.

Christians destroy 'Piss Christ' work

French police are hunting two men who destroyed a US artist's photograph of a plastic crucifix submerged in his own urine.

'Pantheist' Lincoln would be unelectable today

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Chinese Christians held as they meet to worship

Beijing police yesterday detained dozens of worshippers from an unapproved Christian church who were trying to hold services in a public space after they were evicted from their usual place of worship.

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Bethlehem a step too far for Palin's Israel visit

Sarah Palin, the US former vice presidential candidate, yesterday appeared to make an aborted trip to Bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of Jesus, when her vehicle approached an Israeli checkpoint before turning back.

Path master: Liguria's five-star short cut

Hikers beware: Italy's most celebrated walk – the route through the Cinque Terre – is closed indefinitely. Happily, there is an alternative...

Traveller's Guide: Syria

Rogue state or not, this Middle Eastern nation is packed with attractions that will dazzle anyone who visits, says Matthew Teller

Catholics urged to give up meat

Catholics have been urged to give up meat or another favourite food on Fridays as an act of Lenten penance.

Jaycee Dugard kidnappers give 'full confession'

The abduction of Jaycee Dugard in 1991 horrified, baffled and outraged America as few kidnappings in the country's history. Now, its remaining mysteries may at last have been resolved, with the full confession by the couple who snatched her off the street near her home in northern California and held her captive for 18 years.

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