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They belong to the outlawed “Free Journalists Club.” All Vietnamese media outlets are under state control.

The three bloggers are in custody awaiting trial, where they face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

ITALY

Berlusconi’s strippers dressed as nuns, witness says

ROME — A model testified Monday that two female guests at Silvio Berlusconi’s parties dressed up like nuns in the “Sister Act” musical, then stripped to their underwear.

Mr. Berlusconi is on trial on charges that he paid a 17-year-old Moroccan girl for sex and then used his influence as Italian prime minister to cover it up. He has denied the charges.

State TV quoted witness Imane Fadil as telling the Milan court that two young women at the party wore black tunics, crosses and white head coverings and danced like “Sister Act” characters before stripping down to their underwear. Miss Fadil is also Moroccan.

At a different party, Miss Fadil said, another young woman donned a jersey and mask to dress up like Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho.

Mr. Berlusconi did not attend Monday’s hearing.

NEW ZEALAND

Anglicans building cardboard cathedral

WELLINGTON — The world’s great cathedrals are known for their architectural statements: flying buttresses, soaring domes, Gothic grandeur. Not for their cardboard.

In the city of Christchurch, Anglican leaders are hoping to change that. On Monday, they announced plans to build a soaring 80-foot high cathedral with 104 tubes of cardboard as a temporary replacement for the iconic stone Christchurch Cathedral, which was destroyed last year in an earthquake that killed 185 people.

The temporary cathedral will cost about $4 million. It will include traditional structural materials such as concrete and steel, as well as a polycarbonate roof.

The Rev. Craig Dixon said it will be weatherproof and fire-resistant.

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