"Had we known that the kidnapping of the soldiers would have led to this, we would definitely not have done it." SHEIK HASSAN NASRALLAH, leader of Hizballah, on the capture of Israeli soldiers by his militant group, which sparked the current fighting

"It stops here because I protected the family with my magic line." AGENDA PURBA, Sumatran witch doctor, after treating a suspected bird-flu victim who had escaped from a hospital, explaining how he prevented the spread of the disease. Many rural villagers believe avian flu to be the result of black magic, complicating efforts to...

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