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Thursday, 25th December 2014

World News

Obama family celebrates Christmas in Hawaii (CBS News)

Pope Francis delivers Christmas message for peace (CBS News)

Volunteers deliver Christmas meals and holiday cheer (CBS News)

New Yorkers remember slain officers on Christmas day (CBS News)

Volunteers deliver meals, gifts along with Christmas cheer (CBS News)

Legacy of 24-hour drinking, a nation awash with booze...as record number of shops sell drink all day and 208 towns are classified as being 'saturated' with problem bars (Daily Mail)

The Boxing Day 'weather bomb': After a spring-like Christmas Day, the Met Office warns of heavy storms and four inches of snow (Daily Mail)

From posing cheerily at Auschwitz to taking a self-portrait at a dead relative's funeral... It's the world's STUPIDEST SELFIES (Daily Mail)

Travelling by train today? You'll be lucky: 17 operators have no services at all as Labour accuses Tories of breaking pledge to end Boxing Day rail shutdown (Daily Mail)

Online shoppers to spend £636million on Christmas Day (Daily Mail)

Aviation experts issue guidelines over this year's must-have Christmas gadget gift (Daily Mail)

Tim and sad Helena play happy families: Couple pictured on Christmas stroll with their two children just days after announcing they had split (Daily Mail)

Ten years after the Boxing Day tsunami killed 270,000 people in 13 countries, how a record £16m from Mail readers helped rebuild Sri Lankan victims' broken lives (Daily Mail)

Found, the button a German soldier gave Englishman in Christmas truce: Rare artefact to go on display alongside memoir describing poignant scenes (Daily Mail)

Remembering the Tsunami: 'Responding to World Disasters Will Never Be the Same Again' (Huffington Post)

Rocking around the Christmas Beeb! Red-faced staff caught on camera dancing round tree in the middle of newsroom during live report (Daily Mail)

New threat alleged against NYPD (CBS News)

And believe it or not... Leftover turkey CAN be yummy: From bolognese to Christmas dumplings there's no excuse to use up all your meat (Daily Mail)

The best ever Boxing Day breakfast? Xmas pud and bacon! It's a treat that never quite gets finished. But you can turn your pud into unexpectedly delicious meals (Daily Mail)

Shabab Ambush Christmas Meal at African Union Base in Somalia (New York Times - Paywall)

Garda killer Pearse McAuley arrested after his wife Pauline is stabbed (Guardian)

Jennifer Lawrence Visited a Children's Hospital on Christmas Eve (Time Magazine)

Deaths in al-Shabab attack on AU Somali base (ALJAZEERA)

Queen Elizabeth address hope, reconciliation in annual Christmas message (CBS News)

18 Surprising Photos of Christmas Around the World (Time Magazine)

AU troops killed in al-Shabab attack (BBC)

President Barack Obama dons a TIARA in a photograph released to celebrate Christmas (Daily Mail)

Islamist gunmen attack African Union base in Somalia (Reuters)

Former President George H.W. Bush spends Christmas in hospital (Reuters)

Christmas in Gaza: A season without hope as fears grow that conflict with Israel will soon reignite (Independent)

Christmas around the world (CBS News)

Xbox and Playstation Networks Both Go Down for Christmas (Time Magazine)

Firebomb attack wounds Israeli father and daughter in West Bank (Reuters)

Watch Norman the dog try to stop his owner sing 12 Days of Christmas (Daily Mail)

Obama Personal Chef to Pack Up Knives After 6 Years (Time Magazine)

Proud new parents celebrate giving birth to first births of the Christmas morning (Daily Mail)

Libya soldiers killed in attack on oil ports (ALJAZEERA)

Israeli Girl Severely Wounded in Firebomb Attack in West Bank (New York Times - Paywall)

Jordan Warns Islamic State Militants Against Harming Captive Jordanian Pilot (New York Times - Paywall)

500 accidents an hour: Snowbound Moscow stuck in worst ever Christmas traffic (PHOTOS, VIDEO) (Russia Today)

Pope Francis prays for peace in Iraq and Syria (CBS News)

Jordanian pilot's father appeals to Islamic State (Guardian)

Boxing Day tsunami: 10 years on, the scars are not hard to find in Aceh (Guardian)

Queen Elizabeth II delivers Christmas message (CBS News)

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's Christmas may not be so merry (Washington Post - Paywall)

Father Of Jordanian Pilot Captured By Islamic State Begs For Safety Of 'Fellow Muslim' (Huffington Post)

Christmas is cancelled for Chinese university students in effort to 'resist the expansion of Western culture' (Independent)

Anti-homeless cages installed around benches in French city on Christmas Eve (Russia Today)

Father of pilot captured by ISIS pleads for sons release (CBS News)

Grandmother jailed over unpaid council tax is freed in time for Christmas after online appeal (Daily Mail)

Protests continue after teen killed by police (CBS News)

Briton shot dead in a church in Ethiopia on Christmas Eve: Man arrested said he did not know his gun was loaded (Daily Mail)

'Truly there are so many tears this Christmas': Pope Francis delivers sombre Christmas speech with anguish for suffering children, including victims of Taliban attack on Peshawar school (Daily Mail)

British Tourist Shot Dead In Ethiopian Church On Christmas Eve (Huffington Post)

Thousands of jobs at risk as City Link goes into administration on Christmas Eve (Daily Express)

5 injured in Christmas Day arson attack on Swedish mosque (PHOTOS, VIDEO) (Russia Today)

British tourist shot dead in church in Ethiopia in 'gun accident' (Independent)

Michelle Obama Tweeted the Ultimate Throwback Thursday Christmas Photo (Time Magazine)

Antonio Martin shooting: Protesters back on the streets of St Louis after second police shooting (Independent)

The Islamic State is failing at being a state (Washington Post - Paywall)

RSPCA blasts discovery of five dead ponies found in East Leake, Nottinghamshire (Daily Mail)

Turkey, Iraq pledge more military cooperation in fight against Islamic State (Reuters)

Brave swimmers take the plunge for annual Christmas Day dip (Daily Express)

Vets say seal pup was attacked by other seals in racist attack (Daily Mail)

Arianna Simon 17, creates pamphlet to answer relatives' annoying questions this Christmas (Daily Mail)

William and Kate Attend Church on Christmas Without Prince George (Time Magazine)

JetBlue Offers Police Free Flights to Attend Slain NYPD Officers' Funerals (Time Magazine)

VIDEO: Pope highlights plight of war (BBC)

Children are victims of violence, trade and trafficking,' Pope says in Xmas message (Russia Today)

Israeli father, daughter wounded in West Bank fire bomb attack near Palestinian villages (Fox News)

Weather warnings for Boxing Day snow (BBC)

Pope Francis Christmas message of peace (CBS News)

Uckfield, East Sussex family was left homeless just 40 minutes before Christmas Day after fire (Daily Mail)

Thousands of swimmers strip off to brave icy waters around Britain for Christmas dips (Daily Mail)

Young father who was working on the side of the road died on Christmas Eve after car crash (Daily Mail)

Man, 49, arrested on suspicion of murder after woman's body was found in flat in Stoke-on-Trent (Daily Mail)

McAuley arrested after wife stabbed (BBC)

Tsunami 10 years on: The city at its epicentre has been rebuilt, but other scars remain (Independent)

Father of Jordanian F-16 pilot captured by jihadists pleads with his 'Islamic State brothers' to release his son (Daily Mail)

Queen's Christmas message will reveal she was stunned into silence at Tower of London poppy memorial (Daily Mail)

Murder Probe After Woman Found Dead In Stoke-On-Trent Flat On Christmas Morning (Huffington Post)

Teenage girl arrested with suicide bomb strapped to her says she was handed over to Boko Haram extremists by her parents (Daily Mail)

Pictures show how not even the horrors of WW1 stopped British soldiers celebrating Christmas (Daily Mail)

Thousands pray at Indonesian mosque that survived, ten years after tsunami (Reuters)

Libya militia clashes leave 19 dead (BBC)

Arsonist sets fire to Swedish mosque, injuring five - police (Reuters)

Iraq seeks Turkish help in fight against IS, including arms and intelligence sharing (Fox News)

Fears grow for a Jordanian fighter pilot captured by Islamic State fighters in Syria (Daily Express)

Olympic Cyclists Laura Trott & Jason Kenny Announce Christmas Day Engagement (Huffington Post)

Turkish teenager arrested 'for insulting Erdogan' media (Russia Today)

Turkish police arrest teenager for insulting President Erdogan (Reuters)

How dressing your dog up for Christmas has become an essential part of festive season (Daily Mail)

Adrian Thompson who died after being Tasered by police 'was not breaking into flat' (Daily Mail)

Chinese university bans Christmas (Guardian)

How our Christmas dinner tastes have changed and calorie consumption doubled in last 100 years (Daily Mail)

Father urges IS to free Jordan pilot (BBC)

Queen has been 'deeply touched' by Ebola crisis as royals attend Christmas service (Daily Star)

Fatal car shootings suspects arrested (BBC)

Queen's Christmas Speech 2014 In Full (Huffington Post)

The Queen's Christmas Broadcast in Full (Huffington Post)

What the Pope wants for Christmas (CNN)

UK police misuse pre-charge bail to ban activists from protesting report (Russia Today)

5 attackers dead at Somalia base, official says (Fox News)

VIDEO: Queen Elizabeth II's Christmas message (BBC)

Stupid, hilarious, revolutionary? World reacts to The Interview' release (Russia Today)

Antonio Martin shooting: Black teenager may have tried to ambush patrolman, says police officer's lawyer (Independent)

Pope Francis prays for victims of Islamic State in Christmas address (Guardian)

Pope Francis, in Christmas Address, Focuses on Children's Plight (New York Times - Paywall)

ISIS didn't hit jet, U.S. says, but pilot still held hostage (CNN)

Pope Francis condemns 'religious persecution' in Christmas address (Daily Star)

Dapper Laughs Is Back: Comedian Daniel O'Reilly Announces Return On Christmas Day (Huffington Post)

Pope decries violence in God's name (ALJAZEERA)

Father of Jordanian pilot captured by ISIS pleads for release (Fox News)

A real Christmas miracle: A lost engagement ring and the kindness of strangers (Independent)

Archbishop of Canterbury cancels annual Christmas Day sermon because of 'severe cold' (Daily Mail)

Thieves ransack vicar Simon Patterson's house in Poole, Dorest and steal Christmas presents (Daily Mail)

Islamic State captures Jordanian pilot after warplane crashes in Syria (Reuters)

Turkish teen arrested for insulting president, could face up to 4 years in prison if convicted (Fox News)

St Louis protests after police shooting of black teenager Antonio Martin (Guardian)

Modern College of Northwest University in China bans students from celebrating Christmas (Daily Mail)

Russian police want reindeer to help them fight crime (Independent)

Colourful images show extreme close-ups of popular Christmas drinks Campari and Aperol (Daily Mail)

Britons reveal some of the worst Christmas presents ever received from 'loved ones' (Daily Mail)

Missouri teen killed by police (CNN)

Two more arrested by police investigating murder of policeman Neil Doyle (Daily Mail)

Two teenagers arrested for stabbing Cheeky the nativity donkey twelve times (Daily Mail)

Christmas babies are captured as they swim towards their presents (Daily Mail)

Al-Shabaab militants 'kill 14' in attack African Union base near Mogadishu Airport in Somalia (Independent)

Al-Shabaab militants attack African Union base near Mogadishu Airport in Somalia (Independent)

Pope condemns Islamic State, decries suffering of children (Reuters)

Father of fighter pilot captured by Isis pleads for militants to show son mercy (Independent)

Father of pilot captured by Isis pleads for militants to show son mercy (Independent)

VIDEO: Royal Family at Christmas service (BBC)

Boxing Day Snow: Big Freeze To Grip Britain In Lead Up To New Year (Huffington Post)

Landlord blasted for sending rent arrears notice in Christmas card (Daily Mail)

Sweden's bizarre Christmas traditions (Daily Mail)

In pictures: Christmas around the world (BBC)

Christmas Day with The Radfords of Lancashire, Britain's biggest family (Daily Mail)

Kate and William attend Sandringham Christmas service without George (Daily Express)

Sinosphere Blog: Chinese Hit Back Against a Foreign Intrusion: Christmas (New York Times - Paywall)

Pope condemns religious persecution (BBC)

Nigeria girl tells of suicide attack (BBC)

How to tell if they REALLY like their Christmas present (Daily Mail)

Christmas banned by Chinese university, says it is 'kitsch' (Reuters)

Dozens arrested in Israel corruption probe (ALJAZEERA)

Forecasters predict icy Christmas (BBC)

Archbishop Of Canterbury Justin Welby Too Unwell To Deliver Christmas Day Sermon (Huffington Post)

Islamic State Captures Jordanian Pilot (Wall Street Journal - Paywall)

Christmas miracle for family as daughter is finally diagnosed after years of sickness (Daily Star)

Kittens, suffragettes and snowball fights: How Londoners were wished a very merry Christmas in Victorian and Edwardian cards (Daily Mail)

17 People Too Hungover For Christmas Day (Huffington Post)

VIDEO: UK Ebola workers on Christmas plans (BBC)

25 years since Ceausescu downfall: Communist leader gone in blood (Russia Today)

Leaders kick off Boxing Day action (BBC)

Meet The 10 People You Can't Have Christmas Without (Huffington Post)

Why Is Christmas On The 25th Of December? (Huffington Post)

New protests near Ferguson after suspect is killed by police officer (CBS News)

God stronger than darkness & corruption': Pope delivers Christmas message (Russia Today)

Christmas Eve shooting at Louisiana shopping mall leaves 1 dead (CBS News)

Christmas celebrated in Vatican, Bethlehem (CBS News)

Concern for Jordanian pilot captured by ISIS (CBS News)

Deadly police shooting sparks protests in Missouri (CBS News)

Gunfire reported at St. Louis protest in wake of Berkeley police shooting (Russia Today)

Christmas Eve miracle': Money rain in Hong Kong prompts sprint for free' cash (VIDEO) (Russia Today)

When Christmas was banned (CNN)

The Big Fix: Restored Forests Breathe Life Into Efforts Against Climate Change (New York Times - Paywall)

Islamic State fighters capture pilot of Jordanian plane in Syria (Los Angeles Times)

In Iraq, displaced Christians gather for a somber Christmas (Los Angeles Times)

Christmas menus: turtles to turkeys (BBC)

Hoping to create a new society, the Islamic State recruits entire families (Washington Post - Paywall)

World Briefing: Italy: Labor Overhaul Advances (New York Times - Paywall)

World Briefing: Israel: Politicians Are Detained in a Broad Corruption Inquiry (New York Times - Paywall)

World Briefing: China: Monk Burns Himself to Death in a Political Protest (New York Times - Paywall)

World Briefing: Nigeria: Teenager Says Rebels Forced Her Into Suicide Attack (New York Times - Paywall)

World Briefing: Nigeria: Vehicles Are Restricted in Anticipation of Attacks (New York Times - Paywall)

How France has forgotten the Christmas truce soldiers (BBC)

Girl who lost all her limbs returns home just in time for Christmas (Daily Star)

World Digest: Dec. 24, 2014 (Washington Post - Paywall)

Body cameras reduce police use-of-force, citizen complaints - study (Russia Today)

Jordanian warplane downed in Syria (Financial Times - Paywall)

Jordanian pilot captured by Islamic State after warplane goes down in Syria (Washington Post - Paywall)

Ireland debates rights of dead woman versus fetus (CBS News)

Clash tied to tribal and land disputes leaves nearly 70 dead in India (Los Angeles Times)

Holiday decorations around the world (CBS News)

Convicted sex offender Peter Grant targeted Hamley's days before Christmas (Daily Mail)

WorldViews: 100 years ago, British and German soldiers celebrated the world's saddest Christmas (Washington Post - Paywall)

Prince Harry joined by James Middleton in Sandringham Christmas Eve football match (Daily Mail)

Israel fires on Gaza over sniper attack (CBS News)

Israel Strikes Gaza After Attack (Wall Street Journal - Paywall)

More babies conceived at Christmas than at any time of year (Daily Mail)

Popular Pope Francis reinvents role (BBC)

Poll finds racial divide on police (CNN)

Fancy a booze-free Christmas ...? (CNN)

WorldViews: 10 foreign Christmas traditions that Americans might want to adopt (Washington Post - Paywall)

Iraqi Refugees Face Somber Christmas (Wall Street Journal - Paywall)

BBC Sport's Christmas quiz 2014 (BBC)

France market attack victim dies (CNN)

Tsunami 10 years later: Are we better prepared? (CBS News)

WorldViews: Pizza, hedgehogs and shoes: The least pressing emergency calls to a British police department (Washington Post - Paywall)

Jerusalem pipers' Christmas harmony (Financial Times - Paywall)

Scientists attack student exit plan (BBC)

Day in pictures: 23 December 2014 (BBC)

Christmas countdown (CNN)

They take Christmas to a new level (CNN)

Day in pictures: 22 December 2014 (BBC)

Day in pictures: 18 December 2014 (BBC)

Nigerian politics: Church, state and mosque (Economist Magazine - Paywall)

Christmas celebrations: Oh what fun (Economist Magazine - Paywall)

The state and Islam: Converting the preachers (Economist Magazine - Paywall)

The war against Islamic State: In the crosshairs (Economist Magazine - Paywall)

World Health Organisation: Too big to ail (Economist Magazine - Paywall)

The fight against Ebola: Exorcising the ghostly fever (Economist Magazine - Paywall)

The fight against Ebola: Donating the cure (Economist Magazine - Paywall)

Security csar Zhou arrested (CNN)

Thai politics: Delaying the day of reckoning (Economist Magazine - Paywall)

Banyan: The world is Xi's oyster (Economist Magazine - Paywall)

Seven years since the recession began: How America is faring (Economist Magazine - Paywall)

Air strikes against IS: Phantoms in deconflict (Economist Magazine - Paywall)

Protesters, police spar in Hong Kong (CNN)

South Sudan: The Christmas fighting season (Economist Magazine - Paywall)

Rick Scott tries to clarify attack ad on Charlie Crist (Miami Herald)

Missing Miami woman’s ex kills himself after police find body in car trunk (Miami Herald)

Mystery man in Rick Scott attack ad unveiled, misleads about Charlie Crist and Ponzi scheme (Miami Herald)