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B. 2016-12-28 Berlin truck attack: Tunisian 'linked to Anis Amri' held
C. 2016-12-25 George Michael: Pop superstar dies at 53 Goring, Oxfordshire, England
3. 2016-12-25 Christmas typhoon kills 4, destroys homes in Philippines Manila
4. 2016-12-24 Philippines braces for Christmas storm, offers roasted pigs Philippines
F. 2016-12-24 Freed Chibok girls reunited with their families for Christmas Chibok, Northern Nigeria
6. 2016-12-23 Arctic heatwave could break records North Pole, Arctic
2016-12-19 Berlin attack: Police say lorry crash 'probably terror attack'
8. 2015-12-31 Couple finds bloody elevator on Carnival cruise ship, worker killed Florida
J. 2015-12-27 Paris attacker Samy Amimour buried in unmarked grave

  Christmas typhoon kills 4, destroys homes in Philippines   A powerful typhoon that spoiled Christmas Day, roared over a congested region near Manila on Monday with slightly weaker but still-fierce wi... Philippines braces for Christmas storm, offers roasted pigs Freed Chibok girls reunited with their families for Christmas Arctic heatwave could break records   Temperatures at the North Pole could be up to 20 degrees higher than average this Christmas Eve, in what scientists say is a record-breaking... Berlin attack: Police say lorry crash 'probably terror attack' Map of Breitscheidplatz Berlin Germany
Berlin truck attack: Tunisian 'linked to Anis Amri' held George Michael: Pop superstar dies at 53 Map of Goring Oxfordshire United Kingdom


year 2016 Top ^

Dec.28   Berlin
Dec.25   England  
  The star, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and had huge success as a solo performer, 'passed away peacefully on Christmas Day
  Manila  
Dec.24   Philippines
  Northern Nigeria
Dec.23   Arctic  
Dec.19   Berlin
  The driver, an Afghan or Pakistani asylum seeker, ploughed a lorry into a Christmas market in the heart of Berlin, killing 12 people and injuring 48
 The stricken market is at Breitscheidplatz, close to the Kurfuerstendamm, the main shopping street in Berlin's west in the shadow of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, which was damaged in a World War Two bombing raid



year 2015 Top ^

Dec.31   Florida
Dec.27   Paris
Dec.25   Australia  
Dec.24   Vatican  
  Pope in his Christmas homily denounces materialism. Some youngsters invited to attend came from countries that Francis has visited as pontiff
Dec.20   Melbourne Homes destroyed in Australia bushfires

year 2014 Top ^

Dec.25   Vatican     Pope's message: Iraq and Syria suffered too long
Map of St. Peter%27s Basilica Vatican  Pope Francis wants to bring hope to Christians and other ethnic and religious groups suffering 'brutal persecution' in Iraq and Syria Dec.23   Washington   Obama hails The Interview screenings   US President Barack Obama has welcomed a decision by Sony to screen a comedy about North Korea in a limited number of US cinemas on Christmas...   Los Angeles   US cinemas to screen The Interview   A comedy film about North Korea that had its Christmas Day launch cancelled after a major cyber attack is now to get a limited theatrical release Dec.22   France Van driven into shoppers in Nantes

year 2013 Top ^

Dec.27   Southern India Indian woman 'raped by two gangs'
Dec.26   Antarctica Trapped Antarctic ship to get help Dec.25   Baghdad Bomb attacks on Christians in Baghdad kill 37 Map of Dora Baghdad Iraq  In one attack, a car bomb went off near a church during Christmas Mass in the capital's southern Dora neighborhood, killing at least 26   Vatican Pope Francis urges aid access to Syria in Christmas speech Dec.24   West Bank Christmas crowds gather in Bethlehem Dec.23   Iraq Christmas a day of terror for Christians in Iraq
  While millions around the world prepare to celebrate, a dwindling number of believers in Iraq will be forced to mark the birth of Christ in private


year 2012 Top ^

Dec.25   Vatican Pope in Christmas plea on Syria
Dec.24   West Bank   Bethlehem holds Christmas Mass Map of Bethlehem Israel
  Thousands of Christian pilgrims from around the world are celebrating the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem
  South Africa     Mandela to spend Christmas in S Africa hospital
  South Africa's first black President Nelson Mandela, 94, will spend Christmas in hospital, a government statement has said


year 2011 Top ^

Dec.25   Northern Nigeria Churches bombed on Christmas Day
Map of Madala Nigeria  Bomb blasts struck at least three churches in Nigeria on Sunday as worshippers were attending Christmas Day services   Vatican Pope prays for Syria and Myanmar Dec.24   Vatican     Pope berates Christmas 'glitter'   Pope Benedict XVI has attacked the commercialisation of Christmas as he held the traditional Christmas Eve Mass at St Peter's Basilica   West Bank   Christmas Mass held in Bethlehem Map of Bethlehem Israel
  Christian pilgrims and tourists from around the world have converged for Christmas. Celebrations culminated in Midnight Mass
Dec.8   Australia   Australia lifts Samsung sales ban  Australia's High Court has lifted a ban on the sale of Samsung's Galaxy tablet in the country in time for the Christmas shopping season

year 2010 Top ^

Dec.24   European Union Snow paralyses transport in W. Europe
  Thousands of travellers have had their Christmas plans disrupted by further snowfalls across Western Europe
  West Bank   Thousands converge to celebrate Xmas
Map of Bethlehem Israel
  Thousands of people have been converging on the West Bank town of Bethlehem to mark Christmas
Dec.18   England UK travel chaos as big freeze bites
Map of Heathrow United Kingdom  Christmas travellers are facing severe disruption as heavy snow falls across many parts of the UK Nov.27   South Africa Fire from lightning kills 7 at nursery party
Map of KwaZulu-Natal South Africa
  A fire caused by a lightning strike killed seven people -- including a 4-year-old child -- at a nursery school Christmas party
Nov.26   Oregon Teenager held in 'bomb plot' Map of Corvallis Oregon
  Somali-born Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, been arrested after allegedly plotting to carry out a car bomb attack at a Christmas tree lighting ceremon
Jan.24   Osama bin Laden   Report: New bin Laden tape emerges  A new audio tape claims responsibility for an attempt to blow up a plane on Christmas Day and warns the United States of more attacks Jan.8   Detroit 'Not guilty' plea in plane bomb case  A 'not guilty' plea has been entered on behalf of the Nigerian accused of attempting to detonate a bomb on a plane on Christmas Day Jan.6   Egypt Attack on Egyptian Coptics kills six Map of Naga Hammadi City Egypt
  Shooters opened fire at a gathering outside an eastern Egyptian church, during the celebration of a Christian sect's Christmas Eve
  USA Nigerian charged over plane bomb plot Jan.3   Rome     Pope's aide visits attack woman
  Benedict XVI's personal secretary has visited the mentally disturbed Susanna Maiolo who assaulted the pontiff at Mass on Christmas Eve
Jan.2   Washington   Obama pledges justice for terror plot
  President Obama linked the man accused in a botched Christmas Day airline bombing to an al Qaeda affiliate based in Yemen


year 2009 Top ^

Dec.25   Vatican   Vatican admits pope vulnerable to assault
  The Vatican has said it is impossible to protect the Pope from incidents, like when a woman grabbed him at Christmas Eve Mass
  Vatican     Pope delivers Christmas message  The pope looked unscathed as he delivered his message in St. Peter's Square, just hours after a woman jumped a barrier and dragged him down   West Bank Thousands celebrated Christmas
  Afghanistan U.S. condemns Taliban video of U.S. soldier Dec.24   Vatican     Pope falls in incident at midnight Mass
  A commotion at the start of Christmas Eve Mass at St. Peter's Basilica briefly disrupted ceremonies and caused the pope to fall.    The Pope conducts the Mass despite being briefly k...
  Turkey Santa movie spotlights Turkish divide
  West Bank   Christmas is marked in Bethlehem Map of Bethlehem Israel
  Thousands of pilgrims have gathered to celebrate Christmas in the place where the Bible says Jesus Christ was born
Dec.17   London British Airways cabin crew strike illegal  High Court: A strike by British Airways cabin crew planned for Christmas has been declared illegal Dec.15   London British Airways crews vote to strike
  BA passengers face the prospect of holiday season chaos after cabin crew voted to strike for almost two weeks over Christmas and New Year


year 2008 Top ^

Dec.26   Crimea 27 dead after apartment blast
  Peru   Five die in disco stampede
  Police were searching for the person who threw a tear gas canister into an unlicensed discotheque early Christmas Day
Dec.25   Los Angeles 'Santa' gunman in fatal attack Dec.24   West Bank   Bethlehem pilgrims mark Christmas Map of Bethlehem Israel
  Thousands of pilgrims have been celebrating Christmas with a mass, include about 200 Christians from Gaza, amid tight security
Dec.21   Baghdad   Baghdad celebrates first public Christmas  The celebration sponsored by the Iraqi Interior Ministry and takes place in a public park in, ringed with security checkpoints

year 2007 Top ^

Dec.24   Zimbabwe Hours-long lines to get scarce currency
  Vatican   Millions celebrate Christmas Day
  In the West Bank town of Bethlehem, the site of Jesus' birth, thousands of worshippers gathered to celebrate midnight Mass


year 2006 Top ^

Dec.25   Vatican   Pope: Worship God not technology   Benedict XVI said in his Christmas message that mankind cannot live without God or turn its back on the hungry Dec.24   Vatican Pope appeals for world's children


year 2005 Top ^

Dec.25   Vatican   Pope asks for spiritual 'wake-up'
  Benedict XVI has used his first Christmas message to issue a call to Catholics and to all humanity
Dec.24   Vatican   Pope leads his first Christmas service  Benedict XVI began leading Midnight Mass blessing thousands of pilgrims, tourists and Romans   West Bank   Holiday spirit returns to Bethlehem  Thousands of tourists flocked for Christmas Eve celebrations, bringing a long-missing sense of holiday cheer   Sri Lanka Gunmen kill pro-Tamil Tiger politician
  Unidentified gunmen have shot dead Joseph Pararajasingham, 71, at a Christmas Midnight Mass


year 2004 Top ^

Dec.24   Vatican     Pope prays for peace at midnight Mass  In a Christmas Eve message of peace, John Paul II offered prayers for calm and prosperity in the Holy Land Dec.23   Iraq Rumsfeld arrives for surprise visit

year 2003 Top ^

Dec.24   Vatican   Pope Makes Christmas Mass Peace Plea
  John Paul led Roman Catholics into Christmas, calling on a world caught up in conflict to open itself to the peace of the Jesus


year 2002 Top ^

Dec.25   Pakistan Grenade attack kills 3
  A grenade was hurled through an open front door while the congregation were holding a Christmas Day service
Dec.24   West Bank Little Christmas cheer in Bethlehem   West Bank   Israel pulls back from Bethlehem Map of Bethlehem Israel
  The Israeli army has pulled back to the outskirts of Bethlehem ahead of the Christmas holiday
Dec.17   France   'Xmas terror plotters' arrested
  4 people arrested in connection with a plot to carry out terror attacks during the Christmas and New Year holidays
Dec.9   Jerusalem     Sharon adviser against Arafat trip
  A top Israeli government spokesman said that Palestinian leader should not travel to Bethlehem for Christmas services


year 2001 Top ^

Dec.25   Vatican   Let us save the children, says pope
  John Paul II has dedicated much of his Christmas message to children suffering from conflicts
Dec.24   Vatican     Pope gives Christmas Eve sermon
  John Paul II said this Christmas people were anxious and distressed
Dec.23   West Bank     Arafat to defy Bethlehem ban Map of Bethlehem Israel
  Palestinian leader will defy an Israeli ban preventing him from travelling to Bethlehem to attend Christmas festivities
Dec.22   West Bank     Arafat barred from Bethlehem mass
  Palestinian leader will not be permitted to attend Christmas Eve mass until attacks on Israelis stop


year 2000 Top ^

Dec.25   China   Christmas Day blaze kills 309
Map of Luoyang Henan China  Fire tore through a commercial multi-story building in the city of Luoyang and burned for more than 3 hours   France   Dinner fire kill 8
  Fire started as 2 families were sitting down for Christmas Eve dinner. Victims include 5 children
Dec.24   Vatican   Pope appeals for Mid East peace
  Celebrating a Christmas Eve Mass in Vatican, John Paul II said troubles in the Holy Land had left him worried
  Jakarta   Christmas Eve bomb attacks
  Blasts rocked churches in Jakarta and other cities. 10 people were killed
  Israel   No Christmas lights in Bethlehem Map of Bethlehem Israel
  Bethlehem is quiet this Christmas. Only a few pilgrims visit the birthplace of Jesus


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