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Books for life

We asked some prominent people to tell us about the books that have meant the most to them in their lives. Among those we hear from are opera singer Pl-cido Domingo, writer Pico Iyer, and astronaut Bill Anders.

Arts, Culture & Media

Singing between the lines

The Christmas carol "O Come All Ye Faithful" may contain a hidden political message. We hear from a professor in the UK about the coded meaning, which he says was to be understood by rebel English Catholics in the 18th Century.

Conflict & Justice

No peace in Gaza

A six-month ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinian militant group, Hamas, expired last Friday, and not coincidentally, violence is on the rise. Hamas has fired mortars and rockets from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel.

Arts, Culture & Media

Global Hit

We close our program this Christmas Day with a carol from a small village in Ireland. The song is called "The Darkest Midnight" and is performed by Irish singer Cara Dillon.

Science, Tech & Environment

Surviving the tsunami

Four years ago, a deadly tsunami struck Indonesia, killing more than 200,000 people. Hardest hit was the province of Aceh. Reporter Jocelyn Ford revisits the area and updates us on what life is like today, especially for one survivor.

Conflict & Justice

Who rules Guinea now?

The World's Jason Margolis updates the situation in the West African nation of Guinea. The country's longtime president died on Monday, and an attempted coup followed. Guinea had been a relatively stable country in an otherwise unstable part of the world.

Arts, Culture & Media

Retracing a Christmas donkey ride

Last week, we heard from the BBC's Aleem Maqbool, who's been re-tracing the journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem said to have been made by Mary and Joseph. Like the Biblical couple, Maqbool's traveled by donkey. Anchor Katy Clark gets an update from him.

Arts, Culture & Media

The ''other'' Bethlehem

Bethlehem in what's now the West Bank is considered the birthplace of Jesus. But an Israeli archeologist has spent years excavating another town of Bethlehem, this one in Galilee, where he's uncovered an inn, a monastery.

Sports

Jamaica's bobsledders try again

Jamaica captured world attention in 1988 when it sent a bobsled team to the Winter Olympics in Calgary. Now Jamaica's beloved bobsled team is trying to qualify for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.