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Clare Spencer | 14:45 UK time, Tuesday, 25 January 2011

A look at the stories ranking highly on various news sites.

Proving popular on the Guardian is TV host Oprah Winfrey's revelation that she has a half-sister. Ms Winfrey was nine-years-old and living with her father when her mother gave birth to Patricia and gave her up for adoption. She found out about her sister last year.

The Washington Post's most read story jokes that the way Oprah used her family members to provide content for her show "does not, in case you were thinking, qualify as being 'exploited by the media.' Because it's Oprah."

The Telegraph's most read story says the sponsors of an Oxbridge skiing trip have withdrawn their support following "outrageous behaviour". As part of a competition to win a skiing holiday worth £5,000 the winning team took off their clothes to pose for "erotic" pictures in the snow. The article adds "[s]ome of those posing naked had pasta sauce and chocolate smeared over their bodies, while a crowd of 500 students looked on."

Woman charged over dog hanged for chewing bible says the Independent's most popular world story. The US woman said she hanged her nephew's pit bull from a tree with an electrical cord and burned its body because the dog chewed on her Bible.

Ireland's Independent readers are reading about "sickening" remarks about Michaela McAreavey made by a newspaper photographer. The daughter of Tyrone GAA manager Mickey Harte was found strangled to death when on honeymoon in Mauritius. The photographer Susanne Morrison is reported to have said on Facebook that she was "sick of hearing" about the murder which she said was a case of "karma".

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