December 25, 2013

    Published December 25, 2013


    The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem Fouad Twal (2nd R) carries a statuette of baby Jesus during Christmas midnight mass at the Church of St. Catherine, which is connected to the Church of the Nativity, in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.


    The women of Saint Afram Syrian Orthodox Church's choir pray during morning Christmas mass in Amman, Jordan. Syrian and Iraqi Orthodox Christian families attended morning mass of Christmas and pray for peace in their countries.


    Christian worshippers attend a Christmas prayer in Surabaya. Indonesian Christians celebrated Christmas amid a warning from police that Islamic extremists may be planning to target worshippers during Christmas and New Years celebrations in the capital Jakarta and other parts of the country.


    Britain's Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge, rushes to collect flowers from well-wishers as she leaves a Christmas Day morning service at the church on the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, eastern England.


    A man wearing a Santa hat (R) prepares to cut a cake that is 201-feet (61 meters) long as boys dressed in Santa Claus costumes cheer during Christmas celebrations in the northern Indian city of Chandigarh.


    A six-story Christmas tree shines at the National Harbor in Washington, D.C. (Diaa Bekheet/VOA)


    People walk through the ice encrusted forest in Earl Bales Park following an ice storm in Toronto, Canada, Dec. 24, 2013.


    A protester holds a picture of journalist Tetyana Chornovil, who was beaten and left in a ditch just hours after publishing an article on the assets of top government officials, during a protest rally in front of the Ukrainian Ministry of Internal Affairs in Kyiv.


    Seagulls fly over Nazare beach, Portugal.


    The facade of a house collapses due to floods after the Dirk storm in Quimperle, western of France.


    NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio participates in the first Expedition 38 spacewalk designed to troubleshoot a faulty coolant pump on the International Space Station.


    A participant in a colorful costume jumps into the water during the104th edition of the Copa Nadal (Christmas Cup) in Barcelona's Port Vell, Spain.


    Workers shape a giant snow sculpture of horses, ahead of an ice and snow festival in Barkol Kazakh Autonomous County, China's far western region of Xinjiang.

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