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Christmas shopping in Mumbai

Shopping is brisk ahead of Christmas in Mumbai. Although Christians form only 2% of India's population, Christmas is celebrated throughout the country.

Crib on display in France, several hundred manger scenes depicting the Christian nativity annually displayed in the streets of the medieval mountain village, just north of Nice

A crib in Luceram, south-eastern France, where several hundred scenes depicting the Christian nativity go on display every year.

An Afghan blacksmith fixes a horseshoe

An Afghan blacksmith at work in Pul-e-Khumri in northern Afghanistan.

Blue tit in Farnborough

A blue tit hangs from a branch awaiting its turn on a bird feeder in Forestry Commission land near Minley Manor, Farnborough, UK.

South Korean volunteers try to remove dense crude oil near Mallipo beach

South Korean volunteers try to remove dense crude oil near Mallipo beach in Taean, west of Seoul, spilled from a punctured supertanker earlier this month.

Passing Pakistani train passengers take pictures of the wreckage of a train crash

Passing Pakistani train passengers take pictures of the wreckage of a train, the day after it crashed north of Karachi, killing many people.

Indonesian Muslims slaughter a cow in Jakarta

Indonesian Muslims slaughter a cow in Jakarta for Eid-al-Adha, the Feast of Sacrifice, which commemorates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son for God.

Filipinos celebrate the Lantern Parade

A lantern honouring revered artist Benedicto Reyes Cabrera, known as "Bencab", takes part in the traditional pre-Christmas Lantern Parade held at the University of the Philippines.

Two chalk drawings of penguins sketched and signed by legendary Antarctic explorers Ernest Shackleton

Chalk drawings of penguins, sketched by legendary Antarctic explorers Ernest Shackleton and Captain Scott, are displayed after their discovery in a Cambridge University basement.

Filipino children help paint dried Christmas trees

Filipino children help paint Christmas trees made from dried up mangroves in Manila.





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