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Chinese Christians held as they meet to worship

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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

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Catholics urged to give up meat

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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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