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Friday, 27 April, 2001, 18:51 GMT 19:51 UK
Pick of the Week

23 April - 29 April 2001

BBC News Online presents a round-up of some of the week's more remarkable stories covered by BBC correspondents.


Postcards from the edge

Space tourist, Dennis Tito, preparing for his journey
Space tourist, Dennis Tito, preparing for his journey

American millionaire Dennis Tito makes history as the world's first paying space tourist, donating 20 million dollars for the ride. Meanwhile, Moscow declines Nasa's request to delay the mission until the International Space Station is fixed.

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Israel's "olive branch" offer

Soldiers watch Jerusalem's tense streets
Soldiers watch Jerusalem's tense streets

In an exclusive interview with the BBC, the Israeli Defence Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer praises the Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, for trying to stop the violence between Israelis and Palestinians.

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Turkey hotel gunmen surrender

The hostages were released unharmed
The hostages were released unharmed

A group of pro-Chechen gunmen who seized dozens of hostages in an Istanbul luxury hotel surrender to the authorities and free all their captives unharmed.

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Paradise lost

Goa's sandy beaches attract tourists from around the world but especially Britain
Tourists are attracted by Goa's beautiful coastline

One of the world's most beautiful resorts, Goa on the west coast of India, faces destruction because of the massive increase in the number of tourists - especially from Britain. It is feared that Goa's environment, culture, and even children, have already been damaged beyond repair.

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Monster hunt
Nessie-or is it?
Nessie-or is it?

A white witch takes to Loch Ness to cast a blocking spell on a Swedish scientist hoping to catch the Loch Ness Monster. In what is dubbed the Clash of the Titans Kevin Carlyon, a high priest in the British Coven of White Witches, tried to scupper the ambitious plans of Jan Sundberg to trap the elusive creature and take DNA samples.

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First Lady of fashion
Jackie Kennedy and her husband during their time at the White House
Jackie Kennedy's style has inspired designers for decades

In the early sixties she was the world's fashion icon, rarely off the front pages of magazines and newspapers around the world. The glamour of Jackie Kennedy was on show again this week in an exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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Reprieve for cull calf
Phoenix the calf has become a national symbol of hope
Phoenix the calf has become a national symbol of hope

A 12-day-old calf, which survived a foot-and-mouth cull on the farm where it was born, is to be allowed to live. Downing Street granted a last minute reprieve to the white heifer, named Phoenix. after officials sought a court order to kill the animal.

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Turkish hunger strike
Funeral for one of the hunger strikers
Funeral for one of the hunger strikers

Eighteen people die in Turkey and many others are near death in a mass hunger strike over prison conditions. Most of the 800 hunger strikers are convicted terrorists, but relatives of the inmates are also refusing food in their homes.

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