The army is to enforce the government's travel ban during the Christmas period and a military presence aims to deter street celebrations.
Santa's mall stand-ins take on the job because it's good, honest work. But those children can be a real trial.
On the last day of Parliament my true love gave to me … one middle finger, two freedom fighters, three crazy MPs and a party no one really likes.
A limestone burial box, typical of first century Jerusalem, has been found with words chiselled on side: "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus".
Christmas for Iraq's remaining Christian community means celebrating behind blast walls and barbed wire.
In his first message as Roman Catholic leader, Pope Francis has called for an end to the crisis in South Sudan, saying everyone should be peacemakers.
When considering this question, note that Jesus himself was hostile to religiosity – and that fundamentalists suffer from a lack of faith.
Space station astronauts have repaired a crippled cooling system during a rare Christmas Eve spacewalk.
Women in the Wattville community believe that the death of Adelaide Tambo robbed them of a sterling ambassador for the poor.
Famously generous mining mogul Clive Palmer has thrown a Christmas party Tuesday at his five-star resort at Coolum, Queensland.
Volunteers at a US Air Force base monitoring Father Christmas's progress around the world have answered a record number of Christmas calls.
An airlift from Khartoum of sick, elderly and other "extremely vulnerable" South Sudanese has re-started on Christmas Eve.
North Korea has slammed a display of Christmas lights staged by a South Korean church group near the border as an "unacceptable provocation".
Thousands of Palestinians and tourists have been flocking to Bethlehem to mark Christmas at the site Jesus Christ is believed to have been born.
South Koreans have lit a Christmas tree-shaped tower near the tense border with North Korea for the first time in two years.
Europeans are cutting down on Christmas shopping and pinching their pennies this festive season due to austerity measures.
The hunt for the perfect Christmas tree may soon become a great deal easier: just pick a nice clone.
As malls straddling religious divides turn it down, shoppers don't miss the agony that is Boney M, writes Thalia Holmes.