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In pictures: Christmas around the world
Mark Henderson gives his parents a Christmas hug
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After 102 days as a hostage in Colombia, Mark Henderson enjoys Christmas with his parents in Yorkshire.
British tourists on Bondi Beach
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On the other side of the world, British tourists on Bondi Beach, Australia, enjoy a Christmas picnic.
British tourists Vaila Smith and Sandra Storoschuk
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Temperatures in Sydney are expected to hit 37C, a fact not wasted on British tourists Vaila Smith and Sandra Storoschuk.
US troops in Iraq
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Celebrations for US troops in Iraq have been taking place in breaks between patrols.
Syrian Christian family
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In Syria, a Christian family visits church to mark the arrival of Christmas.
Lion unwraps bones at San Francisco Zoo. Picture by San Francisco Chronicle/Frederic Larson
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In the US, Tunya, a seven-year-old male lion at San Francisco Zoo, unwraps his Christmas bones.
Divers in a tank at Sea World, Jakarta
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Divers in a fish tank at Sea World in Jakarta, Indonesia, deliver seasonal greetings on behalf of their fishy friends.
Kenyan girl lights candles
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Candles are lit to celebrate Christmas, by a young girl in Kenya.
British and Italian soldiers
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Italian and British soldiers share their Christmas celebrations at a multinational base in Basra, Iraq.
Little girl looks at statue representing Jesus
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A little girl is held close to a statue representing Jesus, near the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.






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