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February 10, 2000
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U.S. officials stepped into a dispute over church property in the West Bank town of Jericho that has kept two American nuns holed up in a monastery for nearly a month. The move came after Palestinian police broke the gate locks at the Jericho Garden Monastery and bulldozed an orange tree. Maria Stephanopoulos, a sister of former White House spokesman George Stephanopoulos, said U.S. consular officials intervened when police tried to move her and a fellow nun to the edge of the compound.

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