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This Christmas, Raqa's churches demined but deserted

Two historic churches in Syria's Raqa will be declared free of explosives just in time for Christmas, but the devastation in the city has left no one to celebrate in them.

Festive mood

Christmas decorations in the garden of a private house in Meyreuil, southern France.

Ravaged by war, Syria's Homs relishes Christmas spirit

The metallic green Christmas tree towers over the bombed-out heart of Syria's third city Homs, where residents are relishing a holiday cheer they haven't felt in years.

Christmas decorations

Shoppers walking under Christmas decorations along a street in central Moscow.

North Korea's 'Ever Victorious' firms face China axe

From restaurants with singing waitresses, to secluded traders in back alleys, North Korean businesses in Beijing face a precarious start to the New Year with a looming, sanctions-linked January deadline to shut up shop.

Window cleaning

Window cleaners in Santa Claus and reindeer costumes cleaning windows outside a shopping mall along Tokyo's waterfront.

Egypt struggles against population catastrophe

Ali Abdelaziz sees children as a "gift from God", so much so that he has 10 of his own, even as Egypt's government struggles to stem a "catastrophic" population boom.

Star's suicide highlights dark side of the K-pop dream

Known for its ultra-competitive, pressure-cooker society, South Korea has one of the world's highest suicide rates. And this week the even higher stresses in the country's lucrative showbiz industry took their toll on a K-pop superstar.

Of Cabbages and Kims: Korea's changing kimchis

North and South Korea are radically different societies, one ruled by the same family for decades and the other a freewheeling democracy and thrusting economy. But one thing unites them -- their love of fermented cabbage.

Festive decorations

A woman crossing a public square decorated for the holidays in downtown Moscow.


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