Top Syrian rebel leader Zahran Alloush killed in air strike Zahran Alloush The leader of one of the most powerful Syrian rebel groups is believed to have been killed in an air raid

Top Syrian rebel leader Zahran Alloush killed in air strike
Zahran Alloush
The leader of one of the most powerful Syrian rebel groups is believed to have been killed in an air raid
Afghanistan hit by 6.2 earthquake felt in Kabul
The 6.4 Earthquake has hit Afghanistan
Northern Afghanistan has been shaken by a 6.2 earthquake, which was felt as far away as Kabul
Narendra Modi meets Pakistani prime minister in first visit by Indian PM in over decade
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) being welcomed by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif (L), at the airport in Lahore, Pakistan
The two leaders met after the resumption of high-level contacts following their brief conversation at the climate change talks in Paris last month
Thailand backpacker murders: Convicted men insist they will be freed after appeal
(Clockwise top left) Hannah Witheridge, David Miller,Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin
Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo were found guilty of killing two Britons but after their conviction, the pair insist an appeal will prove their claimed innocence
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Pope Francis delivers Christmas message

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The Pope delivered the plea in his Christmas “Urbi et Orbi” message to thousands in St. Peter’s Square
Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan ‘offers support to man who wanted to jump off a bridge’
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) shakes hands with a man who was about to allegedly attempt suicide off the Bosporus bridge in Istanbul.
Often praised for his oratory skills, the former prime minister of the republic offers support to a man who was depressed, according to Turkish media
Taliban asked Bowe Bergdahl whether Obama was gay
U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl leaves the courthouse after his arraignment hearing
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Syrian regime ‘bombs Unesco world heritage site’
Photographs shared on activists’ social media pages purported to show significant damage to pillars inside the castle
Government helicoptor was reportedly targeting rebels in Busra Sham, classified as a Unesco World Heritage Site for its historic citadel, ruins and well-preserved Roman theatre
Dozens killed in Nigerian truck fire as they lined up for gas refills in time for Christmas
People gather at the scene of the explosion
Gas tank bursts into flames at an industrial plant in southeast Nigeria
World’s fattest man Andres Moreno dies in Mexico
Obesity is fuelling rising numbers of cases of diabetes
Andres Moreno, who at his heaviest weighed 70 stone, died of a heart attack on Christmas Day
Madonna sends Christmas wishes to son Rocco
Madonna sends Christmas wishes to son Rocco
Madonna has sent a festive greeting to her 15-year-old son, who a judge has ordered must return to New York to be with her
Palestinian Christmas tree: solidarity and resistance
Mirvat al-Azzeh is Muslim but she and her two children, Malak (left) and Karam (right), are celebrating Christmas this year.
Christmas is widely celebrated by Christian and Muslim Palestinians as an interfaith holiday and, for some, as a means to express resistance to Israel
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Corsican mob trash Muslim prayer room and burn Koran
People take pictures outside the devastated prayer room in Ajaccio
After firemen and police were injured in rioting on Christmas Eve, a group of demonstrators attacked a Muslim centre on Christmas Day
Putin calendar of presidential poses on sale
Russian President Vladimir Putin
A Putin-inspired perfume called Leaders Number One has also just got on sale as Russian enthusiasm for the President’s image reaches new heights
Cocaine tea bags on sale for years in Italy

A bus driver who appreciated a Peruvian coca tea for keeping him awake found out he was actually consuming cocaine

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