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Tajikistan bans trees, decorations in schools during festive season
Tajikistan bans trees, decorations in schools during festive season

Tajikistan has tightened restrictions on celebrations of the traditional festive season in schools in the Central Asian country, banning Christmas trees and gift-giving.

Tajikistan bans trees, decorations in schools during festive season
Nazarbayev congratulates Kazakhstan on Orthodox Christmas
Nazarbayev congratulates Kazakhstan on Orthodox Christmas

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has congratulated the people of Kazakhstan on Orthodox Christmas.

Nazarbayev congratulates Kazakhstan on Orthodox Christmas
Obama praises US troops as Afghanistan mission winds down
Obama praises US troops as Afghanistan mission winds down

President Barack Obama in a Christmas Day speech to US troops stationed in Hawaii hailed their "extraordinary dedication and sacrifices."

Obama praises US troops as Afghanistan mission winds down
Pope condemns religious persecution in Christmas address
Pope condemns religious persecution in Christmas address

Pope Francis roundly condemned jihadist violence and the "brutal persecution" of religious minorities in a Christmas message.

Pope condemns religious persecution in Christmas address
China city bans Christmas in schools, warns over 'Western' culture
China city bans Christmas in schools, warns over 'Western' culture

A Chinese city has banned schools from holding Christmas events, highlighting official suspicions about the increasingly popular festival because of its foreign origins.

China city bans Christmas in schools, warns over 'Western' culture
Pope Francis. ©REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope calls for greater empathy in Christmas Eve mass

Pope Francis urged people to have greater empathy towards family and friends with problems in his Christmas Eve mass.

Pope calls for greater empathy in Christmas Eve mass
German president urges compassion, help for refugees
German president urges compassion, help for refugees

Germany's president appealed in a Christmas message for compassion and openness towards refugees coming to the country.

German president urges compassion, help for refugees
Christmas in China, with saxophones, Smurfs and steam trains
Christmas in China, with saxophones, Smurfs and steam trains

Christmas has exploded in the atheist nation in recent years, with marketeers using everything from saxophones and Smurfs to steam trains to get shoppers to open their wallets.

Christmas in China, with saxophones, Smurfs and steam trains
Sierra Leone cancels Christmas as Ebola crisis deepens
Sierra Leone cancels Christmas as Ebola crisis deepens

Sierra Leone said it was banning any public Christmas celebrations as the spiralling caseload of Ebola infections continues to spread alarm.

Sierra Leone cancels Christmas as Ebola crisis deepens
The remains of an explosive device. ©Reuters
Boston marathon bombs made with Christmas-light fuses

The twin bombs that went off at the Boston Marathon last year were made using improvised fuses from Christmas lights and detonators constructed from model car parts, US prosecutors said.

Boston marathon bombs made with Christmas-light fuses
Burberry says sales sparkle over Christmas
Burberry says sales sparkle over Christmas

Sales of Burberry's luxury handbags and clothing soared over the crucial festive trading period, boosted by impressive growth in Asia, the British fashion group revealed on Wednesday.

Burberry says sales sparkle over Christmas
US stocks rise amid wave of positive sentiment
US stocks rise amid wave of positive sentiment

US stocks edged towards the finale of a banner 2013 in buoyant fashion this week, repeatedly reaching new records on a string of solid economic data.

US stocks rise amid wave of positive sentiment
©Reuters/Danish Siddiqui
More Americans shopped on their phones on Christmas

Most stores were closed but Americans still managed to shop on Christmas Day -- increasingly on their smartphones.

More Americans shopped on their phones on Christmas
©Reuters/Michaela Rehle
Amazon to compensate customers for late gifts

Amazon Thursday said it would give $20 gift cards and pay shipping costs for customers affected by problems at UPS and FedEx that delayed some Christmas package deliveries.

Amazon to compensate customers for late gifts
Red Cross recovers dozens of bodies in C. Africa capital
Red Cross recovers dozens of bodies in C. Africa capital

The Red Cross said Thursday it had recovered some 40 bodies on the streets of Bangui as the United States expressed alarm at the latest eruption of fighting in the Central African Republic.

Red Cross recovers dozens of bodies in C. Africa capital
Queen Elizabeth calls for 'quiet reflection' in 2014
Queen Elizabeth calls for 'quiet reflection' in 2014

Queen Elizabeth II urged people to take the time for quiet reflection in 2014, in her annual Christmas Day message to the Commonwealth.

Queen Elizabeth calls for 'quiet reflection' in 2014
Christians increasingly under threat: Catholic observers
Christians increasingly under threat: Catholic observers

Thousands of Christians are killed every year because of their faith and the persecution is becoming more widespread.

Christians increasingly under threat: Catholic observers
Christmas in mud as rain pelts Philippine disaster zone
Christmas in mud as rain pelts Philippine disaster zone

Survivors of the Philippines' deadliest typhoon spent a gloomy Christmas Day surrounded by mud Wednesday as heavy rain drove many inside their flimsy shelters, dampening efforts to retain some holiday cheer in the deeply devout nation.

Christmas in mud as rain pelts Philippine disaster zone
Arctic protester vows to fight on after Russian case closed
Arctic protester vows to fight on after Russian case closed

A British Greenpeace protester Tuesday said he was "jubilant" after Russia closed the criminal case against him for staging a protest on an oil rig, and vowed to keep fighting for environmental issues.

Arctic protester vows to fight on after Russian case closed
Kim urges N. Korea military to bolster combat readiness
Kim urges N. Korea military to bolster combat readiness

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has urged the country's military to bolster its combat readiness, saying a war could break out "without any prior notice", state media reported Wednesday.

Kim urges N. Korea military to bolster combat readiness

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