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AP PHOTOS: Lights and smiles mark the coming of Christmas

As Christmas Eve turns into Christmas Day, lights in every color shine through the night around the world. Colored bulbs decorate buildings from Ahmadabad, India. Candles illuminate the faces of the faithful at a church in Beijing, China. And Santa Claus floats on a boat full of twinkling lights near Genoa, Italy.

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Keep Christmas well

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” presents a tale of redemption and transformation. Its protagonist, Ebenezer Scrooge, has become an archetype in Western culture. In the excerpts that follow, we see Scrooge as he encounters the Ghost of Christmas Present, and then transformed. Merry Christmas.

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Afghans hope for change after bloody year

When Graeme Smith arrived in Afghanistan in 2005, he drove across the country from Kabul south to the Talban’s former capital Kandahar on a newly paved road that cut travelling time from a bone-rattling 14 hours to just six.

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China tightens church control

Two days before Christmas, members of a rural Christian congregation in the eastern city of Wenzhou welded some pieces of metal into a cross and hoisted it onto the top of their worship hall to replace one that was forcibly removed in October.

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Rejoice!

And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

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