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Review: 98 Degrees stunning on new original holiday song 'Season of Love' Special

Grammy-nominated pop group 98 Degrees released their new original tune "Season of Love." It is a charming track from their upcoming holiday album "Let It Snow."

98 Degrees talks holiday tour, Christmas album and Westbury show Special

Westbury - Grammy-nominated pop group 98 Degrees chatted with Digital Journal about their highly-anticipated holiday tour, new Christmas album, "Let It Snow," and upcoming show at Westbury.

98 Degrees to release new Christmas album, to tour this Christmas Special

Grammy-nominated vocal group 98 Degrees have announced their holiday plans for this year, which will include a Christmas album, and tour to support their new music.

Fearful Egyptian Copts mark Christmas after church bombing

Cairo - It is Christmas Eve for Egypt's Copts but Marie Labib is not in a festive mood, with dark thoughts haunting her weeks after a church bombing killed 28 members of her community.

Santa denial gets Italian conductor the sack

Rome - Maybe, facing the combined power of Disney and Christmas, orchestra conductor Giacomo Loprieno should have just let it go.

Brenda Lee has been rocking her holiday classic for 58 years

Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Brenda Lee has been "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" for 58 years. It is still a perennial holiday classic.

Nigeria's Chibok girls 'kept from family over Christmas'

Kano - A group of 21 Nigerian Chibok girls brought home for Christmas after almost three years in captivity were prevented from celebrating at home with their families, several sources told AFP on Wednesday.

'A Pentatonix Christmas' is fifth best-selling album of 2016

"A Pentatonix Christmas" peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 all-genre charts, and it was the fifth best-selling album of 2016.

British WWII bomb forces 54,000 Germans from homes

Berlin - An unexploded British bomb from World War Two forced 54,000 people out of their homes in Germany on Christmas Day, the country's biggest such evacuation since the end of hostilities.

NASA issues stunning photographs of Christmas in space

Houston - The astronauts on the International Space Station are celebrating Christmas Day in the same way as many people on Earth will celebrate the holiday. To add a special touch, NASA have issued some stunning December 25 pictures.

Social media highlights across the Christmas period

It may be a quiet period for many, but social media is especially active over the Christmas period, with people tweeting and posting the highlights and low-lights of the festive period. Digital Journal takes a peek.

Pope comforts terror victims in Christmas message

Vatican City - Pope Francis urged peace in the Middle East at his Christmas address Sunday, in which he offered comfort to terrorism victims after a year of brutal jihadist attacks.

54,000 evacuated on Christmas after Germany finds WWII bomb

Berlin - An unwelcome Christmas surprise in southern Germany forced the evacuation of 54,000 people from their homes Sunday after the discovery of a bomb dating from World War II, local authorities said.

Queen Elizabeth misses Christmas church service with cold

Sandringham - Queen Elizabeth II missed the Christmas Day church service attended by the British royal family on Sunday because she was still suffering with a heavy cold.

High-security Christmas as crowds await pope's message

Vatican City - Tens of thousands of worshippers were set to gather at the Vatican on Sunday to hear Pope Francis address the world's Christians, as Europe marked Christmas under ramped-up security after the Berlin attack.The leader of 1.

Santa Claus is coming to Tehran

Tehran - Tehran might not seem like the most obvious pitstop for Santa Claus, but Iranians love the chintzy side of Christmas and it is also one of the safest places in the Middle East for Christians.

Obamas send their final Christmas message from White House

Washington - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama sent their final Christmas salutations from the White House on Saturday, highlighting common values uniting Americans of all faiths."The idea that we are our brother's keeper and our sister's keeper....

2016 leaves world 'awash with fear': Anglican leader

London - The leader of the world's Anglicans was to say 2016 had left the world "more awash with fear and division", in his Christmas Day sermon on Sunday.

Queen Elizabeth hails unsung heroes in Christmas speech

London - Queen Elizabeth II hailed inspirational unsung heroes in her Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth on Sunday, as a heavy cold forced her to miss the royals' visit to church.

London's Covent Garden at Christmas Special

London - London does Christmas well, with plenty of lights and sparkle. One of the most magical areas in Covent Garden. Digital Journal takes a pleasant wander through the cobbled streets.

Pope Francis urges compassion for children at Christmas

Vatican City - Pope Francis urged the world's 1.2 billion Catholics to feel compassion for children, notably victims of war, migration and homelessness in his Christmas Eve mass but also those "not allowed to be born".

Iraq patriarch urges protection for displaced Christians

Baghdad - The patriarch of Iraq's Chaldean Catholic Church has appealed for international protection to help Iraqi Christians displaced by war return to their homes.

Website charts Santa's journey around the globe

Washington - An online Santa tracker run by a Canadian and American defense agency mapped the jolly old gift-giver's path around the globe Saturday, in what has become a Yuletide tradition.

Pilgrims in Bethlehem, fears in Europe on Christmas Eve

Bethlehem - Christian leaders from the Vatican to Bethlehem struck a sombre note on Christmas Eve speaking of war, fear and division, as cities in Europe ramped up security in the shadow of the Berlin market attack.At the Vatican, Pope Francis urged the world's 1....

Greek minister sends Dickensian jibe for Xmas

Atenas - The Greek finance minister's Christmas cards this year feature Ebenezer Scrooge, the tight-fisted protagonist of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol", in a what is clearly a jibe directed at the country's creditors.

Sri Lanka's record Christmas tree pruned due to work delays

Colombo - Sri Lanka surpassed the world record for the tallest artificial Christmas tree Saturday despite building delays forcing organisers to prune the structure by almost half, an official said.

Sri Lanka's record Christmas tree pruned due to work delays

Colombo - Sri Lanka surpassed the world record for the tallest artificial Christmas tree Saturday despite building delays forcing organisers to prune the structure by almost half, an official said.

Sri Lanka's record Christmas tree pruned due to work delays

Colombo - Sri Lanka surpassed the world record for the tallest artificial Christmas tree Saturday despite building delays forcing organisers to prune the structure by almost half, an official said.

Aleppo Christians prepare war-ravaged church for Christmas

Aleppo - Inside Aleppo's crumbling Saint Elias Cathedral, Nehme Badawi and his brother Bashir rummage through the snow-covered rubble for wood and scrap metal to make a crude Nativity scene for Christmas.

Christmas all year in Mexico ornament village

Tlalpujahua - Sweat runs down Adan Marin's wrinkled face as he blows into a blob of molten glass, creating a perfect, delicate sphere within the blue and orange flames of his torch.
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Christmas in Fuengirola  Spain - 2010
Christmas in Fuengirola, Spain - 2010
A cozy candle and cat in Virginia s mountain home
A cozy candle and cat in Virginia's mountain home
Betty Byrd (left) shows her joy after receiving her gift and food.  Esther Williams is behind and te...
Betty Byrd (left) shows her joy after receiving her gift and food. Esther Williams is behind and te her right.
Residents gather in the community room of the Seasons to wait for Rosa to deliver boxes of food.
Residents gather in the community room of the Seasons to wait for Rosa to deliver boxes of food.
Exiting light display at Dufferin Island Park in Niagara Falls during the festival of lights  encour...
Exiting light display at Dufferin Island Park in Niagara Falls during the festival of lights, encouraging donations to assist with costs.
Christmas lights illuminate a home in Hermitage Tennessee
Christmas lights illuminate a home in Hermitage Tennessee
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Close-up shot on another a reveler catching a nap following a beer session at the bar beach concert in Lagos.
A Christmas tree in a family home.
A Christmas tree in a family home.
The hustle and bustle as people make their way through the streets of London at night.
The hustle and bustle as people make their way through the streets of London at night.
Houses in Ashbury  Sydney decorated for Christmas.
Houses in Ashbury, Sydney decorated for Christmas.
Thousands of lights hang down from the ceiling of the Opryland Hotel.
Thousands of lights hang down from the ceiling of the Opryland Hotel.
Parade Royalty.  Christmas Parade.  Bentonville  Ark.  Dec. 4  2010.
Parade Royalty. Christmas Parade. Bentonville, Ark. Dec. 4, 2010.
Snow coats the tree limbs on Christmas Day 2010.
Snow coats the tree limbs on Christmas Day 2010.
The Christmas Star outside Macy s at Westlake Center.
The Christmas Star outside Macy's at Westlake Center.
Snowfall at Percy Priest Lake.
Snowfall at Percy Priest Lake.
Christmas trees and flower baskets in Edmonton s McCauley neighbourhood.
Christmas trees and flower baskets in Edmonton's McCauley neighbourhood.
A wide selection of holiday wreaths were available.
A wide selection of holiday wreaths were available.
Just after dawn  Ibo traders are already on the streets in anticipation of  the day s business
Just after dawn, Ibo traders are already on the streets in anticipation of the day's business
Rainy weather in Sydney on Christmas Day 2012 – lady with umbrella. Picture taken along George Str...
Rainy weather in Sydney on Christmas Day 2012 – lady with umbrella. Picture taken along George Street close to Central Station.

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