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Orthodox Christians begin Christmas celebrations

An estimated 350,000 Orthodox Christians have celebrated Christmas Eve in Moscow, with Patriarch Kirill overseeing the main event in the Russian

An estimated 350,000 Orthodox Christians have celebrated Christmas Eve in Moscow, with Patriarch Kirill overseeing the main event in the Russian

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Koala rescued from Australian bushfire

In Australia, where bushfires have ravaged the southern coastline of Great Ocean Road, some residents were allowed on Sunday (December 27) to return

In Australia, where bushfires have ravaged the southern coastline of Great Ocean Road, some residents were allowed on Sunday (December 27) to return

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Berlin Seals

Some 30 Germans go for their annual Christmas Day swim in a Berlin lake, calling the 6 degree Celsius water temperature “pleasantly warm.”

Some 30 Germans go for their annual Christmas Day swim in a Berlin lake, calling the 6 degree Celsius water temperature “pleasantly warm.”

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Urbi et Orbi

Pope Francis marks Christmas Day with the traditional “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message from the central balcony of St. Peter’s

Pope Francis marks Christmas Day with the traditional “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message from the central balcony of St. Peter’s

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Britain's Royal Family attends traditional Sandringham church service

Britain’s Royal Family has attended the annual Christmas church service in the Norfolk village of Sandringham. Nearly a thousand well-wishers waited

Britain’s Royal Family has attended the annual Christmas church service in the Norfolk village of Sandringham. Nearly a thousand well-wishers waited

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Pope Francis blessing in Rome invokes Christmas to dispel anxiety

In St Peter’s Square in Rome, in the presence of some 10,000 faithful gathered before the Basilica, Pope Francis has delivered his traditional

In St Peter’s Square in Rome, in the presence of some 10,000 faithful gathered before the Basilica, Pope Francis has delivered his traditional

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Bethlehem Christmas festivities 'subdued' amid ongoing violence

Christmas Day in the West Bank town of Bethlehem saw hundreds of Christians and tourists from around the world gather to celebrate mass at the

Christmas Day in the West Bank town of Bethlehem saw hundreds of Christians and tourists from around the world gather to celebrate mass at the

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Spain's king calls for unity after inconclusive elections

Spain’s King Felipe has used his traditional Christmas message to call for unity after the country’s inconclusive election last Sunday. Political

Spain’s King Felipe has used his traditional Christmas message to call for unity after the country’s inconclusive election last Sunday. Political

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Syrian Christians celebrate in Damascus

Just a few kilometres away from the frontline, Christians in the Syrian capital Damascus gathered for a rare celebration on Thursday amidst the

Just a few kilometres away from the frontline, Christians in the Syrian capital Damascus gathered for a rare celebration on Thursday amidst the

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Pope urges return to simplicity at Christmas Eve mass

Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in front of a congregation of 10,000 people. He used the opportunity to remind

Pope Francis celebrated Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in front of a congregation of 10,000 people. He used the opportunity to remind

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European retailers strike early with sales after autumn disappoints

High street heaven for shoppers as stores offer clothing bargains after warm autumn, but fears about terror take the fun out of bargain-hunting in France

High street heaven for shoppers as stores offer clothing bargains after warm autumn, but fears about terror take the fun out of bargain-hunting in France

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Ride that sleigh, again!

He’s coming to the end of the busiest time of the year. It’s that time again, when Santa Claus, aka Father Christmas, aka Julgubben, aka Joulupukki

He’s coming to the end of the busiest time of the year. It’s that time again, when Santa Claus, aka Father Christmas, aka Julgubben, aka Joulupukki

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How do Christmas celebrations differ around Europe?

Who brings the presents? Britain Father Christmas. France Le père Noël (Saint Nicolas in north-eastern France). Germany Baby Jesus. Greece Aghios

Who brings the presents? Britain Father Christmas. France Le père Noël (Saint Nicolas in north-eastern France). Germany Baby Jesus. Greece Aghios

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Santa Claus is on his way

He’s coming to the end of the busiest time of the year. The elves have done their job and now Santa Claus is preparing to leave Lapland and begin

He’s coming to the end of the busiest time of the year. The elves have done their job and now Santa Claus is preparing to leave Lapland and begin

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Christmas in the zoo

Christmas has come early for the animals at the Gdansk-Oliwa zoo in Poland. The creatures were given special treats, hidden in wrapped boxes, as part

Christmas has come early for the animals at the Gdansk-Oliwa zoo in Poland. The creatures were given special treats, hidden in wrapped boxes, as part

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Unusual Christmas trees

The humble Christmas tree has a rich history, from the evergreen trees used to symbolise eternal life in Ancient Egypt to tree worship among pagan

The humble Christmas tree has a rich history, from the evergreen trees used to symbolise eternal life in Ancient Egypt to tree worship among pagan

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Christmas rendezvous at the border

Russia’s Father Frost and the Finnish Joulupukki meet at the Russian-Finnish border as part of an annual tradition to exchange winter holiday

Russia’s Father Frost and the Finnish Joulupukki meet at the Russian-Finnish border as part of an annual tradition to exchange winter holiday

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Australia: Santa surfers!

A group of 320 surfers in Sydney, all dressed up in Santa costumes, set a new Guinness World Record for the largest surf lesson.

A group of 320 surfers in Sydney, all dressed up in Santa costumes, set a new Guinness World Record for the largest surf lesson.

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World’s biggest floating Christmas tree lights up in Rio

A colourful spectacle of fireworks and lights marked the launching of Rio de Janeiro’s traditional floating Christmas tree on Saturday. The massive

A colourful spectacle of fireworks and lights marked the launching of Rio de Janeiro’s traditional floating Christmas tree on Saturday. The massive

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Run, Santa run

10,000 people dressed as Santa Claus race through streets of Spanish capital, Madrid. Five hundred elves, adding a touch of green to the sea of red

10,000 people dressed as Santa Claus race through streets of Spanish capital, Madrid. Five hundred elves, adding a touch of green to the sea of red

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A migrant Christmas in Zwickau, Germany

It is a tradition which stretches back decades in the German town of Zwickau – the Christmas market. But for four Syrian refugees it is their first

It is a tradition which stretches back decades in the German town of Zwickau – the Christmas market. But for four Syrian refugees it is their first

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Oil and currency gloom brings Christmas cheer... cheaper trees!

Amid the dark talk of debt crises, the huge oil surplus, growth slowdowns and currency problems there is some light and seasonal cheer – at least in

Amid the dark talk of debt crises, the huge oil surplus, growth slowdowns and currency problems there is some light and seasonal cheer – at least in