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Bellotto, Bernardo : The Ruins of the Old Kreuzkirche in Dresden (1765)

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Bellotto, Bernardo: The Ruins of the Old Kreuzkirche in Dresden (1765)

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Israeli security forces have arrested a leading Hamas militant said by the army to have been sought since 1988 for carrying out attacks which claimed the lives of 78 civilians and soldiers.

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