Orthodox Christians around the world have started celebrating Christmas. Communities from Europe to the Middle East are marking the birth of Jesus on January 7, following the older Julian calendar.
Believers in Russia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East have flocked to churches to celebrate Christmas. January 7 marks the birth of Christ in the Julian calendar, which is observed by up to 300 million followers.
Security measures were heightened across Europe and beyond as Christians prepared to celebrate Christmas Eve in the shadow of terrorism. Germany's capital, Berlin, was particularly on edge after last week's truck attack.
Russia's military has found a mass grave of Syrians, allegedly killed by rebel groups ahead of last week's evacuation. An independent monitoring group could not confirm how they died.
Syrian forces have made significant advances in Aleppo as rebels lost most of its territory in the city's east. The accelerating attack by government's troops has forced thousands of people to flee the area.
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