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Religious freedom:

  1. China detains 28 Christians during raid on unauthorized church | Chinese authorities detained 28 Christians in a raid on a non-government-authorized church service at a private home, an overseas monitoring group said Friday. (Associated Press)

  2. Sudanese leaders prepare for peace talks | Southern Sudanese leaders said Thursday they are organizing peace talks with the rebel Lord's Resistance Army and the Ugandan government to try to end the brutal war in northern Uganda that has spilled across the border into their own country. (Associated Press)

  3. Hope renewed for Valley Iraqi exiles | But fear remains that others will rise, take Zarqawi's place (The Arizona Republic)

Abortion clinictargeted with pipe bomb:

  1. Man arrested for plotting clinic attack | A man who told police he made a pipe bomb to attack an abortion clinic was arrested Thursday, shortly before the device went off in a friend's home while authorities tried to disable it, according to court documents. (Associated Press)

  2. Maryland abortion clinic targeted | Maryland authorities allege a man arrested with a homemade pipe bomb planned to attack a College Park, Md., abortion clinic. (UPI)

Crime:

  1. One arrested in Wis. monastery vandalism | Authorities arrested a man and were searching for a teenager after vandals spraypainted a historic monastery with the number 666 and the phrase "Happy Birthday Satan." (Associated Press)

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