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'Where is baby Jesus?' — Statues stolen across New Jersey

New Jersey - Someone out there will have hell to pay. Figurines of the baby Jesus are disappearing all across New Jersey and police officers are scurrying to capture the thieves.

Brazilian Santas end hot Christmas season with a shave

Rio De Janeiro - After more than a month sweating in the tropical heat, dozens of Brazilian Santa Clauses celebrated the end of the season Monday by shaving or trimming their thick white beards.

No Christmas break in migrant flow to Italy

Rome - Around 4,000 migrants and refugees were saved from waters between Italy and North Africa over the course of the Christmas weekend, with further rescue operations expected in the final days of an "exceptional" year, officials said Monday.

Bloody Christmas in Philippines as Muslim guerrillas kill 10

Manila - Muslim guerrillas killed 10 civilians in the majority Catholic Philippines over Christmas, the military said Sunday, with some Christians in the affected areas now too scared to sleep in their homes.

Joy for Berlin family as cat returns for Christmas

Berlin - Forget the return of Star Wars. For a family in Berlin, this Christmas saw the return of Miko -- a cherished black and white cat who went missing in the German capital in 2008.

Review: Doctor Who Christmas special delights Special

This year's Doctor Who Christmas special served up plenty of action and the probable final meeting between the Doctor and the character River Song. Warning: this review contains spoilers.

Op-Ed: Downton Abbey 'sort of wins' Christmas TV ratings

Downton Abbey, a program about the English gentry, came top in the British Christmas television ratings for the most watched program on one channel. However, the monarch's broadcast to the Commonwealth won overall.

Dutch King urges solidarity in 'turbulent times'

Den Haag - Dutch King Willem-Alexander made a passionate appeal to his people to show solidarity with those in need, saying in a Christmas Day message the country must not give way to fear.

The Obamas — and their dogs — send festive cheer to Americans

Washington - President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama -- and their two dogs -- on Friday paid tribute to US soldiers in a joint address wishing Americans a Merry Christmas.

In Christmas message, pope speaks out on conflicts, migrants

Vatican City - Pope Francis offered a Christmas message Friday of mitigated hope for an end to the world's conflicts, backing recent accords on Syria and Libya and praising those who shelter migrants."We pray...

Santa absent this year in typhoon-hit Philippines

San Jose - Wading through knee-deep floods, 12-year-old Joana Yambao pushes her infant sister in a black wash basin along the surface of the filthy water in a typhoon-hit Philippine village where residents have little to celebrate this Christmas.

British queen hails triumph over 'darkness' in Christmas message

London - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II used her Christmas address Friday to highlight the triumph of good over evil after a string of attacks in 2015, and to draw attention to the plight of refugees.

Photo essay: Christmas in San Bernardino, California mountains Special

San Bernardino - After the tragic December 2 San Bernardino Terrorist Attack, Christmas is still alive and well, especially in the foresty San Bernardino Mountains.

Madrid city hall hosts Christmas Eve feast for homeless

Madrid - Two hundred homeless people feasted on an exquisite Christmas Eve meal of seafood soup, prawns, baked gilthead bream and roast shoulder of lamb on Thursday, in the Spanish capital's palatial city hall.

Christmas cards in Brazil, for those who can't write

S - Roberia Lima dos Santos steps timidly up to the counter and asks in a tiny voice if this is the place where they write letters."I want to wish my son a merry Christmas and tell him I won't be able to visit him in prison," says the Brazilian woman.

Pope expected to call for reconciliation on Christmas Day

Vatican City - Pope Francis was expected to appeal for reconciliation of fractured communities in his Christmas Day blessing Friday, as the world takes stock of a year of violence and suffering that saw hundreds of thousands flee their homes.

Philippine Muslim guerrillas murder seven in Christmas eve raids

Manila - Seven Christian farmers were killed on Thursday as Muslim guerrillas launched a series of attacks in the troubled southern Philippines, the military said.

Attacks cast pall over Christmas in Paris and around the world

Paris - It was a subdued Christmas Eve in Paris on Thursday, with tourist numbers down, security bolstered at shops and churches, and locals still on edge after last month's jihadist attacks.

Photo Essay: The magic of Christmas in Bogotá, Colombia Special

Bogot - The city of Bogotá, Colombia, is having a wonderful Christmas this year. The program of Christmas-related activities in the city began in late November and will run throughout December, until January 4.

Rescued migrant scores big win in Spain's Christmas lottery

Madrid - An unemployed Senegalese man who was rescued by the Spanish coastguard after making a risky journey from Morocco eight years ago on a packed wooden boat won 400,000 euros ($437,000) in Spain's annual Christmas lottery, local media reported Wednesday.

Hedge fund billionaire has epic Christmas light display at home

Greenwich - In keeping with holiday tradition, hedge fund billionaire Paul Tudor Jones, the founder of Tudor Investment Corporation, has put up another elaborate Christmas lights display at his Belle Haven estate in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Gazans celebrate Christmas with heavy hearts

Gaza - It is a bitter Christmas for Elias Manna, who will celebrate alone for the first time because his five sons have left the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian territory hit by three wars since 2008.

Somalia bans Christmas and New Year festivities

Mugadishu - Somalia's government has banned celebrations of Christmas and New Year in the Muslim majority country, saying the festivities might attract Islamist attacks.

Last-minute wage deal averts crippling Israel strike

Jerusalem - Israel's government and largest labour union reached an 11th-hour wage deal Wednesday to prevent a paralysing general strike that had threatened to disrupt travel for thousands of pilgrims at Christmas.

Brunei's sultan bans Christmas in hardline shift

Bandar Seri Begawan - Christmas is just around the corner, but there are no tinsel-laden trees or Santa hats in the oil-rich sultanate of Brunei, where celebrations have been banned under a shift towards hardline Islamic law.

Father of drowned Syrian toddler asks world to 'open its doors'

London - The father of toddler Aylan Kurdi, whose lifeless body on a Turkish beach became a symbol of the refugee crisis, has made a Christmas appeal to the world to open its doors to Syrians fleeing conflict.

Review: Steve Grand soars on new 'All I Want for Christmas is You' cover Special

Acclaimed singer-songwriter and YouTube sensation Steve Grand is back with his newest holiday music video for "All I Want for Christmas Is You."

Photo essay: Christmas in London Special

London - Many cities look impressive this time of year, decorated with lights and trees in celebration of Christmas. London is particularly impressive, as this Digital Journal photo essay reveals.

Jewish extremist leader wants ban on 'vampire' Christmas in Holy Land

Jerusalem - Israeli anti-racism activists have called for an investigation after a Jewish extremist leader urged a ban on Christmas celebrations in the country and called Christians "vampires".

Migrant boat, life jackets displayed in London church

London - A capsized rubber dinghy used by a group of migrants to reach the Greek island of Lesbos earlier this year has been suspended mid-air in a London church in a poignant Christmas homage unveiled on Monday.
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Buyers flood the Gate spare parts market during the dry season
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Cover for the new Lola Dutronic Christmas Disco track.
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Houses in Ashbury, Sydney decorated for Christmas.
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108th annual Santa Claus Parade comes to Toronto with floats, clowns, spectacles, cheers and laughter.
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A Christmas tree in a family home.
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108th annual Santa Claus Parade comes to Toronto with floats, clowns, spectacles, cheers and laughter.
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An anti-Obama protester stands out among the holiday festivities.
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Houses in Ashbury, Sydney decorated for Christmas.
Houses in Ashbury  Sydney decorated for Christmas.
Houses in Ashbury, Sydney decorated for Christmas.
Houses in Ashbury  Sydney decorated for Christmas.
Houses in Ashbury, Sydney decorated for Christmas.
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A lights display in the shape of what appears to be a dragon or sea monster. It was also puffing steam.
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A radiant garden and pond of lights.
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UPS delivery man Vinny Ambrosino is seemingly rushing to deliver Christmas packages while wearing a Rudolf nose and antlers in New York
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