In Pictures

In pictures: Christmas around the world

More than a billion Christians around the world are celebrating the festival of Christmas. Here is a selection of pictures marking the occasion.

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Image caption A worshipper lights a candle during Mass at the St Alexander Nevski Cathedral in Sofia, Bulgaria
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Image caption American soldiers pose for a selfie during Christmas lunch at forward operating base Gamberi in Afghanistan
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Image caption An alpaca is used for enticing shoppers in Beijing, China, where Christmas was once banned
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Image caption Thousands of Christians hold candles during a mass in Surabaya, Indonesia, which is also the most populous Muslim country in the world
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Image caption Jerusalem's Latin Patriarch, Fouad Twal, carries a model of a baby Jesus during Mass at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem
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Image caption An Indian Christian holds a crucifix at St Mary's Garrison church in Jammu, northern India
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Image caption The Salaj family in the town of Cazma, Croatia, have turned their estate into a massive Christmas light installation featuring 1.5 million lights
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Image caption Pakistani Christians sing hymns as they celebrate Christmas at a church in Karachi
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Image caption A sculpture featuring Father Christmas and a group of cattle is seen in New South Wales, Australia, on Christmas Day
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Image caption A man inspects a tree in Guerrero, Mexico, which bears the names and pictures of 43 trainee teachers who went missing near there in September
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Image caption An impromptu nativity scene and tree are made using rubble in the heavily-damaged Hamedieh neighbourhood of Homs, Syria

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