25 December 2014 Last updated at 11:54

Pope condemns religious persecution

Pope Francis delivers his traditional Christmas Day address, denouncing violence against religious and ethnic minorities - notably in Syria and Iraq.


Pro-Russian separatist outside Horlivka (14 Dec)Ukraine peace talks in Minsk end

The latest round of Ukraine peace talks end in the Belarus capital Minsk with no indication of progress and uncertainty over when the next round will be.

Spanish King Felipe VI delivers his first Christmas Eve message at the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid on 24 December 2014Spain's king condemns corruption

Spain's new King Felipe VI attacks corruption in his Christmas Eve address, but does not mention his sister's forthcoming tax fraud trial.

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