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Friday, 26th December 2014

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Bodies of woman, 3 grandkids Identified after Christmas fire (CBS News)

Mourners gather to remember NYPD officer killed in ambush (CBS News)

The Child Soldiers Who Escaped Islamic State (Wall Street Journal - Paywall)

Texas police kill man firing gun in parking lot (CBS News)

Sons Christmas gift leaves parents in tears (CBS News)

EXCLUSIVE: Robert Kennedy Jr. will admit to an affair with socialite - but will say it only happened AFTER she filed for divorce, her lawyers state (Daily Mail)

Tony Blair leads tributes to tragic mother of twin boys, 5, who lost two-year battle with cancer minutes before they woke up on Christmas Day (Daily Mail)

Plunge tycoon had walked out of a mental hospital on the day he died: Doctors face inquiry after Scot Young managed to leave three days after admitting himself (Daily Mail)

Husband and wife with two young children 'died in Christmas morning suicide pact over deep financial trouble' (Daily Mail)

Tally ho toddlers! The Boxing Day hunt riders get younger every year as sport attracts a new generation of supporters (Daily Mail)

Repentance of a drug rebel: When novelist Julie Myerson outed her son as a cannabis user, it split thier family - and polarised opinion. Six years on, fighting back from heroin addiction, he finally admits: she was RIGHT to be tough (Daily Mail)

Best Christmas present ever? Heartwarming moment app developer reveals to his parents he had paid off their mortgage (Daily Mail)

Third priest slain in region of Mexico's Guerrero state dominated by drug cartels (Washington Post - Paywall)

Ebola orphans abandoned at Christmas get food, presents and support thanks to MailOnline (Daily Mail)

Swedish marchers denounce Christmas Day arson attack on mosque (Guardian)

Pakistan orders arrest of cleric (BBC)

Bad Santa: Palestinian dressed in Father Christmas costume throws tear gas at Israeli security forces in Jerusalem (Daily Mail)

Airstrikes against Islamic State top $1bn, kill over 1,100 people (Russia Today)

Thousands to Honor Slain New York Police Officer (Time Magazine)

Relative of couple killed in Glasgow bin lorry crash says tragedy was not driver's fault (Daily Star)

King's Cross trains cancelled for day (BBC)

Islamic State targeted in 39 strikes by U.S., allies - Task Force (Reuters)

Third priest killed in dangerous southern Mexico (Daily Mail)

Christmas baby born on US train (BBC)

Jeremy Clarkson turns out for Boxing Day hunt which rides through his land in Oxfordshire he named Diddly Squat farm (Daily Mail)

Nephew of couple killed in Glasgow bin lorry crash says it was 'not driver's fault' (Daily Express)

VIDEO: McIlroy laughs off Sweet Caroline tune (BBC)

The Indian Ocean Tsunami, 10 years on (ALJAZEERA)

Memorial services held to mark 10th anniversary of Boxing Day tsunami that killed 270,000 (Daily Mail)

Pregnant Woman Taken Off Life Support in Ireland (Time Magazine)

The Interview earns $1million at the box office in just its first day of release (Daily Mail)

Meet the Young Survivors of the Peshawar School Attack (Time Magazine)

NYPD arrests 6 for threats against police officers (CBS News)

Nephew of couple killed in Glasgow bin lorry disaster wishes driver 'speedy recovery' and hopes he knows 'it wasn't his fault' (Daily Mail)

The 10 top news stories of 2014 on theguardian.com (Guardian)

A mysterious galaxy far, far away Hubble spots stunning sci-fi galaxy 60 million light years from Earth (Daily Mail)

China Investigates Regulatory Official (Wall Street Journal - Paywall)

Xbox, PlayStation networks go down on Christmas Day (CBS News)

More Than 10 Million Try Amazon Prime for Christmas (Time Magazine)

Man and woman killed in Christmas morning horror crash in Leicestershire (Daily Mail)

7 arrested for threatening to kill police NYPD (Russia Today)

Irish Court Rules Brain-Dead Pregnant Woman May Be Taken Off Life Support (New York Times - Paywall)

Tango revolution sweeps Tbilisi off its feet (Guardian)

Hate crimes against transgenders on the rise in UK, police say (Russia Today)

Couple in 'financial trouble' found dead in Christmas Day 'suicide pact' (Daily Express)

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

Coast Guard rescues stranded vessel off California (CBS News)

Couple found dead in suspected Christmas Day 'suicide pact' (Daily Star)

Huntsmen parade through towns and villages for hundreds of traditional Boxing Day hunts (Daily Mail)

Louisiana: new movie capital of the world (CBS News)

IRA veteran arrested over Christmas Eve stabbing of wife; suspect previously killed policeman (Fox News)

Xbox back but PlayStation still down after online attack by Lizard Squad (Independent)

Businesses hope Christmas retail figures make up for rough early-season start (CBS News)

Britons take part in traditional Boxing Day Swims (Daily Mail)

Calls to marriage counsellors increase by 50 PER CENT after Christmas and New Year (Daily Mail)

Boxing Day sales see millions splashed out on bargains and discounts across the country (Daily Mail)

Nevada goats help eat, recycle Christmas trees (Daily Mail)

Some 1,250 migrants rescued in Mediterranean over Christmas (Reuters)

Man dies after Boxing Day road crash (BBC)

Family of man killed by California cops claim racial profiling in shootings of 4 Latino men (Russia Today)

Asia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami (Fox News)

Queen's speech is surprise Christmas Day TV hit winning ratings war with 7.8million viewers (Daily Mail)

Pakistan suspects US drone strikes killed at least seven near militant hideout (Guardian)

Pamela Anderson shows off her enviable bikini body on the beach in Hawaii (Daily Express)

'I knew we would all die if I didn't let go': Mother recalls agonising decision to let go of five-year-old son's hand in order to save his brother as Boxing Day tsunami hit... and how her little boy survived (Daily Mail)

Militant behind Pakistan school attack killed in hour-long gun battle (Daily Mail)

The Interview Made $1 Million at the Christmas Box Office (Time Magazine)

These 11 Speeches from the Last Two Centuries Changed the World (Time Magazine)

Police in Sweden probe double attacks on mosques, including suspected arson that injured 5 (Fox News)

Security forces kill school massacre planner in Pakistan shootout (Fox News)

Coalition pilot held hostage (CNN)

Irish judge said pregnant woman's life support can be switched off (Daily Mail)

Al-Shabaab: AU attack was revenge (CNN)

Adrenalin junkie films group jump out of the plane upside down that shows off the curve of the earth (Daily Mail)

The Queen sets Twitter ablaze after making Game of Thrones reference in Christmas message (Daily Mail)

British husband ends up in hospital after Christmas Eve row with wife dubbed Nagsbo (Daily Mail)

The strangest Christmas traditions from around the world revealed (Daily Mail)

Putin Cancels Christmas Vacation for Russian Government Employees (Time Magazine)

Snow globe causes FIRE in charity shop on Christmas Day as fake reindeer food set alight (Daily Express)

New York police shootings: seven arrested for making threats to kill officers (Independent)

The best ever Boxing Day breakfast? Christmas pudding and bacon! (Daily Mail)

Jailed former FC Barcelona president's Christmas release criticised (Guardian)

Christmas disaster: Snow globe causes FIRE in charity shop on Xmas morning (Daily Star)

Know Right Now: Christmas By the Numbers (Time Magazine)

What to Know About Boxing Day (Time Magazine)

Shoppers flock to Boxing Day sales (BBC)

Cringe Top 10 most awkward moments of 2014 (Daily Star)

Ship ahoy! Zara Phillips is all smiles as she swaps Christmas with the royals at Sandringham for a yacht race in sunny Sydney (Daily Mail)

VIDEO: Boxer Khan in Pakistan school pledge (BBC)

Peshawar school massacre: Key 'mastermind' behind Taliban attack 'killed in shoot-out' (Independent)

Peshawar school massacre: Key 'mastermind' behind Taliban attack killed in shoot-out' (Independent)

As thousands gather for Boxing Day hunts Conservatives 'pledge to repeal fox hunt ban' (Daily Express)

Kidnapped priest in southern Mexico found dead; third prelate killed in area this year (Fox News)

At least 1,300 migrants saved off Italian coast on Christmas Day (Guardian)

10 Tech Resolutions to Consider in the New Year (Time Magazine)

Dying man, 84, credits stray dog 'Mahjong' with curing him of cancer at Christmas (Daily Mail)

The Boxing Day sale bargains you can't afford to miss (Daily Mail)

Spain to takeoff' in 2015 after years of financial pain Prime Minister (Russia Today)

Crowds flock to sold out Christmas Day screenings of The Interview (Daily Mail)

Drone strikes 'kill 7' in Pakistan (CNN)

David Cameron's flagship school building plan 'is way off track' (Daily Mail)

Boxing Day tsunami: Photos of incredible transformation of worst hit areas, ten years on (Daily Star)

Drugs, prostitutes see UK pip France in world economy stats (Russia Today)

Life Support For Brain Dead Pregnant Woman May Be Switched Off (Huffington Post)

Watch Patrick Stewart Just Lose It With a Dancing, Singing Christmas Hat (Time Magazine)

CHRISTOPHER STEVENS reviews the Downton Abbey Christmas Special (Daily Mail)

Afghanistan official says three civilians killed in US air strike (Guardian)

2 Philly Police Helped a Mom Deliver a Christmas Baby on the Subway (Time Magazine)

Boxing Day predictions: Lawro v Guy Mowbray (BBC)

Kosovo police arrest terrorism suspect - interior minister (Reuters)

80 per cent of gift givers say they will spend £20 extra next Christmas if they receive a note (Daily Mail)

How the Daily Mail reported wartime Christmas 75 years ago today (Daily Mail)

In Once-Atheist Cuba, a Quiet Holy Day (Wall Street Journal - Paywall)

Key figure in Pakistan school attack killed: officials (CBS News)

BBC dominates Christmas Day TV viewing figures as 5.7m tune in to watch Queen's speech (Daily Express)

Archbishop of Canterbury diagnosed with pneumonia the day after he was forced to pull out from delivering his traditional Christmas sermon (Daily Mail)

Ukraine peace talks in Belarus called off at the eleventh hour (Independent)

Boxing Day tsunami, 10 years on: The world remembers (Daily Express)

Comedy memorabilia is no laughing matter for super fan who spent £25,000 and 15 years acquiring the world's largest repository of Chuckle Brothers merchandise (Daily Mail)

Man killed in three-car crash on A1 (BBC)

Jack the Ripper's letter 'From Hell' and pans Dennis Nilsen used to boil his victims' flesh: Police exhibits from some of the grisliest crimes to go on display to the public for the first time (Daily Mail)

Now ex-IRA chief Martin McGuinness stars in the Queen's Christmas message (Daily Mail)

Norfolk turkey, a 20ft spruce and a morning trip to church: Inside the royal family's VERY traditional Christmas (Daily Mail)

What Caused the Boxing Day Tsunami (Time Magazine)

Hackers calling themselves Lizard Squad ruin Christmas gaming fun for millions by taking down Sony PlayStation and Microsoft Xbox servers (Daily Mail)

Lynda Bellingham's widower hangs OXO cubes from Christmas tree after flying to Dubai (Daily Mail)

British tourist killed in Ethiopia after AK-47 gun accidentally fires in street (Daily Express)

ISIS leader in Iraq killed by airstrike (CNN)

Barack Obama's Christmas message to troops: you have made us safer (Guardian)

Police say death is 'suspicious' (BBC)

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

Kim Dotcom manages to save Christmas for gamers' by bribing hackers (Russia Today)

17 train operators have no services at all on Boxing Day (Daily Mail)

2 Drone Strikes in Pakistan Are Said to Kill Militant Suspects (New York Times - Paywall)

Pakistan kills school massacre 'facilitator' (ALJAZEERA)

Top 10 (+One) Theatre to See in 2015 (Huffington Post)

Found, the button German soldier Werner Keil gave Eric Rowden in WW1 Christmas truce (Daily Mail)

Dapper Laughs is back: Comic behind controversial character originally killed him off but now releases video saying 'God orders his return to earth' (Daily Mail)

Fund raised in honour of British tsunami victim helps build children's hospital ward (Daily Mail)

Christmas baby born on train (CNN)

Top secret documents unearthed by officer's son reveal the names of Second World War's D-Day operations were changed almost three weeks before invasion (Daily Mail)

Queen tops Christmas Day ratings (BBC)

Hong Kong Money Grab As Van Spills £2.8m In Busy Street On Christmas Eve (Huffington Post)

Indonesia's tsunami recovery loses momentum as aid money runs out (Los Angeles Times)

Transphobic hate crimes rising in UK, police say (Guardian)

Mel B reunites with husband Stephen Belafonte for Christmas (Daily Mail)

Red-faced BBC staff caught on camera dancing round Christmas tree in the middle of newsroom (Daily Mail)

And they're off Chaos across Britain as shoppers battle the cold for Boxing Day bargains (Daily Express)

Briton shot dead in a church in Ethiopia on Christmas Eve (Daily Mail)

Pope Francis delivers sombre Christmas speech (Daily Mail)

Baby's Christmas Day car rescue (BBC)

90% Chance Of Snow Between Boxing Day & New Year As Cold Snap Grips Britain (Huffington Post)

Palestinian Wounds 2 Israeli Police Officers in Jerusalem (New York Times - Paywall)

Soldiers die in attack on Libya oil terminals (ALJAZEERA)

Touching tribute: Michael Pattemore hangs OXO cubes on Christmas tree for Lynda Bellingham (Daily Express)

EXCLUSIVE: British brothers orphaned in tsunami to open children's home in parents' memory (Daily Express)

Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter play happy families on Christmas walk (Daily Mail)

US drone strikes kill seven suspected Taliban militants in Pakistan (Independent)

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

China raises Nepal aid five-fold in regional diplomacy push (Reuters)

Indian ocean tsunami - readers' memories: 'It was like being in a giant washing machine full of nails on a spin cycle' (Guardian)

Hong Kong police arrest couple who pocketed cash that spilled on to street (Guardian)

State Duma chief suggests trying US for WWII nuke attacks (Russia Today)

Police scan social media for threats (CNN)

VIDEO: New heart teen home for Christmas (BBC)

At least 3 Afghans said killed in coalition air strike though officials unsure of identity (Fox News)

FEMAIL chooses the adult alternatives to the traditional Christmas panto you HAVE to watch (Daily Mail)

China to Ease Rules to Boost Lending (Wall Street Journal - Paywall)

BBC Claims Top Five Spots In Christmas Day TV Ratings - But The Queen Comes Out On Top (Huffington Post)

Asia remembers devastating 2004 tsunami with tears and prayers (Reuters)

Back together: Mel B reunites with husband Stephen Belafonte for Christmas Day (Daily Express)

Boxing Day Train Shutdown Sees Labour Tory Fingerpointing (Huffington Post)

Suspected U.S. Drone Strikes Pakistan (Wall Street Journal - Paywall)

25 Vloggers Under 25 Who Are Owning The World Of YouTube (Huffington Post)

World marks 10 years since Asia tsunami (ALJAZEERA)

'Doctor Who Christmas Special' Review: Story Sentimental, Festive, Creepy - And Jenna Coleman Is Staying (Huffington Post)

Still one big happy family Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton spend Christmas together (Daily Express)

Israel's supreme court orders state to raze contentious settlement outpost in West Bank (Fox News)

China says it will help electricity-starved Nepal in building new power plants (Fox News)

'Wing Commander Rudolf' Carol Vorderman has a very merry Christmas (Daily Express)

Ukraine peace talks called off (BBC)

VIDEO: Boxing Day sales: 'Adrenaline rush' (BBC)

Two U.S. drone strikes kill seven militants in Pakistan (Reuters)

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

Young sickle cell patient becomes cop for a day and saves Christmas (CBS News)

As Pakistan considers counter-terrorism strategy, more airstrikes kill militants (Washington Post - Paywall)

Christmas Day swimmers brave icy sea (BBC)

Boxing Day Sales See Millions Hit The High Street In Search Of Bargains (Huffington Post)

On Christmas visit with troops, Obama lauds end of Afghanistan mission (Reuters)

VIDEO: Ten years on from the Hunting Act (BBC)

Strip of ruins': Witness to 2004 Indian ocean tsunami & aftermath (Russia Today)

Couple killed in hit and run outside Asda in Hulme, Manchester were parents of 15 children (Daily Mail)

Medvedev seeks civil servants' return to state corporation boards (Russia Today)

U.S. Missile Strikes Kill 7 Militants in Northwest Pakistan (Time Magazine)

Asia marks 10 years since Indian Ocean tsunami (CBS News)

Loss by Taiwan Governing Party Raises Fears That Ties With China Will Sour (New York Times - Paywall)

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)

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

Drone strikes reported in northwest Pakistan (ALJAZEERA)

A nation rebuilds a decade after deadly Boxing Day tsunami (Daily Express)

Noah's Ark': Russia to build world first DNA databank of all living things (Russia Today)

US-funded radio station in Azerbaijan raided by police (Fox News)

Judge halts 'stitch-up' Thai trial Killed backpackers Hannah and David suspects 'framed' (Daily Star)

Boxing Day Tsunami: A decade on commemorations held to mark 10th anniversary of tragedy that killed 230,000 (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)

VIDEO: Third of Britons in Christmas debt (BBC)

Leaders deliver Christmas messages (CNN)

EPHRAIM HARDCASTLE: Boxing Day quiz, beginning with a favourite (Daily Mail)

VIDEO: Marquez shows off his motorbikes (BBC)

Former President George H.W. Bush wont be home for Christmas (CBS News)

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

Man rescued after being stranded for 12 hours on Lake Hume on Christmas Day when his jet ski broke down (Daily Mail)

Pakistan and Iran reach gas agreement (Financial Times - Paywall)

Ebola cancels Christmas in Sierra Leone (CBS News)

Predecessor killed this month (CNN)

Camera technology in police cruisers allows for "time travel" (CBS News)

Smithsonian's Panda Cub Climbs Down From Tree for Christmas (Time Magazine)

Beachside memorials and prayers across Asia mark 10th anniversary of Indian Ocean tsunami (Fox News)

Hong Kong Police Arrest 12 Protesters (Wall Street Journal - Paywall)

Wisconsin Man has Same Supernatural' Christmas Tree for 40 Years (Time Magazine)

China police fire on Tibetans after self-immolations - rights group (Reuters)

Sony says online PlayStation access disrupted, frustrating users on Christmas (Fox News)

7 Arrested in New York Charged With Threatening Police (Time Magazine)

Obama family celebrates Christmas in Hawaii (CBS News)

Beachside memorials, prayers planned across Asia for 10th anniversary of Indian Ocean tsunami (Fox News)

No Christmas for Ebola-ravaged Sierra Leone (CBS News)

Pope Francis delivers Christmas message for peace (CBS News)

Volunteers deliver Christmas meals and holiday cheer (CBS News)

New technology allows police cruisers to record nearly everything (CBS News)

What the Pope wants for Christmas (CNN)

Remembering the Indian Ocean tsunami (CBS News)

World Briefing: Hong Kong: Police Detain 12 Pro-Democracy Protesters (New York Times - Paywall)

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

Australia's foreign aid cuts could affect Indonesia's ability to handle a tsunami (Guardian)

Kosovo police arrest driver of car rigged with explosives (Fox 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)

Prisoners get e-cigarettes in move to ban smoking in jails: Products now sold in three prisons as part of pilot scheme (Daily Mail)

A happy Christmas tail: Brood of seven two-day-old pups found in a dumpster clinging to life rescued by an animal shelter and given new homes (Daily Mail)

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

World Briefing: Israel: Plans for More Settler Homes Move Forward (New York Times - Paywall)

Boxing Day Family Puzzler 2014 (BBC)

World Briefing: Turkey: Boy Accused of Insulting President Is Arrested (New York Times - Paywall)

World Briefing: Sweden: Arson Attack on Mosque Injures 5, Police Say (New York Times - Paywall)

World Briefing: Libya: Fighters Clash With Troops Defending Oil Sites (New York Times - Paywall)

World Briefing: Egypt: Bomb Kills 2 in Army Vehicle in Sinai Peninsula (New York Times - Paywall)

Recovery of towns destroyed in Boxing Day tsunami revealed for 10th anniversary (Daily Star)

Special gift of babies from Christmas stork (Daily Express)

Misery for travellers as rail services remain shut for Boxing Day across the country (Daily Express)

SHOCK WEATHER WARNING: Boxing Day WEATHER BOMB to blanket UK in snow (Daily Express)

Brits splurge a record £2.9billion in Boxing Day sales (Daily Star)

Boxing Day weather bomb to hit UK with four inches of snow (Daily Star)

Father pleads Islamic State not to behead son after the pilot is captured in Syria (Daily Star)

Fury as foreign aid goes to top 10 most corrupt nations (Daily Express)

Jordan warns of 'grave consequences' if Islamic State harms pilot (Los Angeles Times)

Indian Ocean tsunami 2004: 'I really felt that both of my kids were still alive' (Guardian)

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

EastEnders' Christmas Day Episode Review: Mick Carter Stunned By Shirley's He's Your Brother' Announcement (Huffington Post)

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)

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

Remembering the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami (Huffington Post)

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

Aceh 10 years after the Boxing Day tsunami in pictures (Guardian)

Still Here, Still Hunting, 10 Years On (Huffington Post)

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

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

Where did the Indian Ocean tsunami aid money go? (Guardian)

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

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

The human and financial cost of the Indian Ocean tsunami interactive (Guardian)

AU troops killed in al-Shabab attack (BBC)

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

Asia remembers devastating 2004 tsunami with prayers, memorial services (Reuters)

Islamist gunmen attack African Union base in Somalia (Reuters)

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

Indian Ocean tsunami survivors reunited with childhood drawings (Guardian)

Christmas around the world (CBS News)

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

Rebuilding lives after tsunami grief (BBC)

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)

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)

British national killed in Ethiopia (BBC)

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)

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)

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)

Nicaragua faces questions over new canal after protest deaths, links to China and fears over environmental impact (Independent)

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

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

Strictly Come Dancing' Christmas Special: Sir Bruce Forsyth Returns As Louis Smith Is Crowned Winner (Huffington Post)

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

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)

Justice at risk as Pakistan rushes convicts to the gallows (BBC)

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)

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

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

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)

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

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

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 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)

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

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

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

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)

Francis, in Christmas Day Message, Focuses on Children in Peril (New York Times - Paywall)

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)

Swimmers brave cold for Berlin Christmas swim (Fox News)

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)

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)

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)

1,000 stolen cats are rescued in China (Independent)

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)

Father of fighter 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)

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)

Nigeria girl tells of suicide attack (BBC)

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

Islamic State did not shoot down Jordanian plane, US says (Channel4)

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)

Amir Khan honors Pakistan pledge (CNN)

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

China censors news on Sony hack (CNN)

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)

Pakistan agrees on new antiterrorism plan, pledges to 'eradicate Taliban' (Russia Today)

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)

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)

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)

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

Pakistan to Form Military Courts for Terrorist Suspects (Wall Street Journal - Paywall)

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)

After school massacre, Pakistan moves to set up military courts for terrorism cases (Washington Post - Paywall)

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

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

NOAA animation shows how a tsunami happens (CBS News)

NOAA animation shows tsunami ripple across the globe (CBS News)

Holiday decorations around the world (CBS News)

Pakistan army to try terror suspects (BBC)

WorldViews: Pakistan announces a national plan to fight terrorism, says terrorists' days are numbered (Washington Post - Paywall)

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 Strikes Gaza After Attack (Wall Street Journal - Paywall)

10 African startups that rocked 2014 (CNN)

Poll finds racial divide on police (CNN)

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

Islamic State seizes pilot after coalition plane crashes (Channel4)

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

Police shoot black teenager near Ferguson (Channel4)

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)

Party leaders' Christmas messages (BBC)

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)

China assures care for boy with HIV (CNN)

Christmas countdown (CNN)

They take Christmas to a new level (CNN)

Day in pictures: 22 December 2014 (BBC)

10 things we didn't know last week (BBC)

Day in pictures: 18 December 2014 (BBC)

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

China dictates when you can sing anthem (CNN)

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

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

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

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)

Colombia's war: Picking up where they left off (Economist Magazine - Paywall)

Protesters, police spar in Hong Kong (CNN)

China: 15 killed in Xinjiang (CNN)

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

Data and development: Off the map (Economist Magazine - Paywall)

Fossil-hunting: Bone China (Economist Magazine - Paywall)

China and Japan: Out of the deep freeze (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)