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DVD: Un Conte de Noël, Retail & rental, (Drake's Avenue)

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Twice as many children set to suffer from Type 1 diabetes

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Karadzic files motion detailing 'immunity deal'

Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic today filed a 140-page motion arguing the war crimes charges against him should be dropped because he was promised immunity by a top US official in 1996.

The secret to finding true love may lie in genetic differences

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