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Patriarch’s Christmas address: Orthodox Church prays for peace in Ukraine
As Russia celebrates Orthodox Christmas, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Kirill, has delivered his traditional address to believers. He said he prays for peace in Ukraine above all.

06.01.2015 20:49

Orthodox Christians prepare to celebrate Xmas as bitter cold strikes Russia
Teeth-chattering weather descended on Russia on Christmas Eve, with temperatures falling to -25C in Moscow and -35C in the remote region of Yakutia, as hundreds of thousands of believers are expected to attend Midnight Mass in the capital and elsewhere.

06.01.2015 13:50

Magnificent New Year's fireworks welcome 2015 across the globe (VIDEOS)
​From Sydney to Rio De Janeiro, millions of people have kicked off their New Year 2015 celebrations under the night skies brightly lit with firework displays. Full of joy and hopes people wished each other the best of luck in 2015.

01.01.2015 02:11

Only in Russia: Divers drink champagne, dance around New Year tree underwater
A group of divers in Russia's Far East decided to be the first to celebrate the coming of 2015 – by drinking champagne and swimming in circles around a New Year tree at the bottom of a nearly frozen bay.

27.12.2014 21:33

‘Children are victims of violence, trade and trafficking,’ Pope says in Xmas message
Children continue to be victims of violence, trade and abuse across the world, a fact bringing “so many tears” this Christmas, Pope Francis said in his Christmas message. He specifically decried the Pakistan massacre in which mostly children died.

25.12.2014 14:01

Attention, drone users: Fly responsibly, or face fine
There has been a surge in drone sales this Christmas in the UK, and so aviation authorities are warning users that operating drones irresponsibly could cost an arm and a leg in penalties. So if you received a drone, it is worth repeating the rules.

25.12.2014 15:23

Festive space: Floating caviar & stockings, ISS crew gear up for Christmas (VIDEO)
‘Tis the season to be… floating! The jolly crew of the ISS is getting ready to celebrate Christmas and New Year. Presents are packed, stockings are up and even a tin of caviar is “levitating” around the station.

24.12.2014 12:51

Pope blasts Vatican bureaucrats for ‘spiritual Alzheimer’s’, lists their 15 sins
Pope Francis prepared rebukes instead of greetings for this year’s Christmas meeting with the Curia. He has urged Vatican officials to stop feeling “superior to everyone,” to give up on the “terrorism of gossip” and recover from “spiritual Alzheimer’s.”

22.12.2014 13:14

Run, Santa, Run! Charity race raises funds for Christmas presents for ill children (VIDEO)
Around 500 people dressed as Santa and his Russian cousin, Father Frost, ran in a charity race dubbed the ‘Happy Run’ in Moscow to support sick children in need and help their families buy Christmas presents for kids.

21.12.2014 23:21

En-suite bear: French zoo offers tourists a room next to polar bear enclosure
In an attempt to attract more visitors to animal parks, a zoo in France has launched a service, offering guests to stay in a lodge next to the park's furry inhabitants. At quite a bearable price, the project aims to help renovate animals' living spaces.

19.12.2014 14:05

Ebola stymies Xmas: Sierra Leone bans festive celebrations
Sierra Leone has banned any public celebrations of Christmas and the New Year over the spread of the Ebola virus that has affected thousands of the population. The military will strictly monitor the ban.

12.12.2014 17:43

250 years of splendor: Dazzling 3D show kicks off Hermitage celebrations
Russia’s grandest museum - the Hermitage - is celebrating its 250th anniversary. The festivities kicked off with a unique exhibition of a Parthenon sculpture, which left the British Museum for the first time, and a dazzling 3D-mapping projection.

07.12.2014 12:57