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The shooting of Pope John Paul in 1981 focused attention on the Vatican as a political, as well as religious institution. But there's more to the powerful city-state that meets the eye, as Ian Leslie reveals.

You'll know Bob Geldof as the rockstar behind LIVE AID and, perhaps, as one third of that tragic and very public love triangle involving him, his wife Paula Yates, and INXS frontman Michael Hutchence.

It is the year 2000 and Cocaine is destroying Colombia. The West's thirst for the drug is fuelling that country's slide into lawlessness. Colombia is one of the most dangerous places on earth. Assassinations, kidnapping, massacres and murder are commonplace.

Gossip columnists had written her off as 'the singing budgie'; radio stations declared themselves 'Kylie-free zones'. In 1989 it seemed half the country just loved Kylie Minogue, the other half hated her with a passion.

In 1992 the Church of Scientology was a force to be reckoned with. It had been established in America for 40 years and was well entrenched here in Australia. We took you inside a Scientology that's been labelled corrupt.

Eight years ago Bruce and Denise Morcombe were like any other parents. Then their 13-year-old son, Daniel, was abducted from a bus stop on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

How's this for a raw deal? A big company marches onto your land, sinks a well without your permission and then proceeds to threaten your livelihood. And it does it all with the consent and approval of the government.

Jane Fonda's crusading activities have brought her all sorts of troubles, from phone tapping to death threats. Yet, as an actress she continues to go from success to more success.

They're magnificent! One of the most glorious sights on earth. You just can't beat the exhilaration you feel being with dolphins in the wild.

What is it about sharks? They terrify us, yet they intrigue us. They're mesmerising. And what you're about to see in this story will surely stir up all your primal fears, your fascination and your adrenalin.

To celebrate 35 years in television, 60 Minutes takes you back to February 1979 and the show's first episode.

Thomas Kelly had his whole life ahead of him. Then, one Saturday night, in a single, mindless act of violence, it was all taken away

It happened in a heartbeat. One moment Elise and Nicholas Sherry were splashing around in the water. The next they were being pulled out to sea, waves crashing over their heads.

Mick Jagger shares some laughs and some thoughtful moments with Jana Wendt in an interview pegged to his coming into middle age as the Rolling Stones now roll past 40.

Christopher Skase, Alan Bond and Frank Lowy come together to launch a new era in Australian TV: the first full year of the super networks and what promises to be the toughest ratings battle ever.

Who could forget that smile? Or the amazing tale of bravery that went with it? Alisa Camplin stole our hearts when she won gold at the 2002 Winter Olympics. Only later did we discover that she did it with two fractured ankles. But Alisa knows that broken bones are nothing.

In the night sky over Australia most evenings, a small blip can be seen scurrying across the horizon. It is the MIR space station and inside is Australian astronaut Andy Thomas.

June 1989: When a volcano erupts sensible people run for their lives. But Maurice and Katia Krafft go in the opposite direction, trying to get as close as possible to the flying rocks and lava flows.

Forget the kangaroo, this is now our greatest national icon. And after 34 years, the Sydney Opera House has a world heritage listing to prove it

Reporter Mike Munro interviews Dolly Parton the singer, songwriter, actress and astute businesswomen. In 1986 she had just opened a $20 million theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee where she grew up called Dollywood.

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