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Egyptian fishermen depart in their boat that to participate in a search operation for survivors of a Europe-bound boat that capsized off Egypt’s Mediterranean coast, in Rosetta, Egypt, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. The Egyptian military said the boat was 12 nautical miles off the coast near the town of Rosetta when it capsized Wednesday. Mohammed Sultan, the governor of Beheira province said 157 people were rescued but did not have a precise number for those who were on board the vessel, but 250-400 seemed likely. Egyptian authorities have arrested four people in connection with the death of at least 42 migrants from the boat. (AP Photo/Eman Helal)
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JERUSALEM — Israel’s postal service is delivering letters to a unique address that hasn’t changed in thousands of years.

Ahead of the Jewish high holidays, it took some of the dozens of letters it receives each year that are addressed to God and delivered them to the Western Wall, where visitors traditionally place handwritten notes of prayer and wishes in the cracks between its stones.

The postal service says the letters arrived from all over the world, including Russia, China, France, Nigeria and the United States. Most had no return address and were addressed to “God,” “Jesus” or “Our Dear Father in Heaven.”

The Western Wall, located in Jerusalem’s Old City, is one of the Holy Land’s most-visited sites.

—The Associated Press


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