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Florence Allen Jones, right, is part of the education ministry's classes-by-radio team.
Thu, 12/25/2014 - 15:29

1.5 million children are out of school in Liberia. It's possible kids may not return to class until spring.

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 14:33

The father of 26-year-old Flight Lt. Moaz al-Kaseasbeh, urged his son's Islamic State captors to treat him well and set him free because "we are all Muslims."

Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain.
Thu, 12/25/2014 - 11:20

Spain's monarchy decimated the Jewish population by expelling, killing or forcibly converting Jews in 1492. Now the country may offer their descendants Spanish citizenship.

British health workers lift a newly admitted Ebola patient onto a wheeled stretcher in to the Kerry town Ebola treatment center outside Freetown, Sierra Leone, earlier this week.
Thu, 12/25/2014 - 09:59

The country that has been hardest-hit by the ongoing outbreak of the deadly virus, has shut down shops, markets and most travel in the north.

A protester shouts at police in Berkeley, Mo., Christmas Eve night.
Thu, 12/25/2014 - 08:55

A few hundred gathered for a vigil and march for 18-year-old Antonio Martin, who was fatally shot by a police officer on Tuesday.

Pope Francis delivers his "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and to the world) blessing from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, on  Christmas Day.
Thu, 12/25/2014 - 07:46

In his annual Christmas Day blessing, the pontiff condemned killing in Iraq, Syria and Pakistan and the "brutal persecution" of religious and ethnic minorities.

Officer Rafael Ramos (left) and Wenjian Liu were killed on Saturday in an attack by a gunman in a Brooklyn neighborhood.
Thu, 12/25/2014 - 07:31

Police in New York City are monitoring threats made against officers and are upping security at some stationhouses.

A poster for <em>The Interview, </em>which will open in nearly 300 theaters on Christmas Day. The movie is also being shown on streaming services.
Thu, 12/25/2014 - 06:40

Nearly 300 independent theaters are showing the comedy, which Sony Pictures had originally pulled following threats. The studio is also showing the movie on streaming services.

Dr. Senga Omeonga pictured outside St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital in Monrovia. Dr. Omeonga moved to Liberia from DRC in 2011. He contracted Ebola but survived it.
Thu, 12/25/2014 - 06:03

Outside St. Joseph's Catholic Hospital in Liberia, Dr. Senga Omeonga muses over the weeks he spent at an Ebola ward — not as a doctor, but as a patient. He says the experience was life-changing.

Thu, 12/25/2014 - 02:34

An expedition to the Pacific's Mariana Trench has found evidence that life exists miles below the surface. But it's not life as we know it.

The Carrolls, who once raised cattle, decided three decades ago to raise Christmas trees instead. The trees take seven to 12 years to mature.
Thu, 12/25/2014 - 02:29

Americans buy 25 million Christmas trees every year. They're slow-growing crops, but the trees can be a smart investment for small farmers like the Carroll family in Louisa, Va.

The stage version of the Hollywood classic <em>An American in Paris</em> combines British, French and American artistic traditions and stars Leanne Cope and Robert Fairchild in the roles made famous by Leslie Caron and Gene Kelly.
Thu, 12/25/2014 - 02:28

The first-ever stage production of the 1951 Hollywood film starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, with a Gershwin score, is getting rave reviews during its premiere in the city that inspired it.

Cows rotate in the milking parlor at Fair Oaks Farms, a large-scale dairy and tourist attraction, near Rensselaer, Indiana.
Thu, 12/25/2014 - 02:27

Coca-Cola got a lot of attention in November when it announced it was going into the milk business. In fact, its extra-nutritious milk product was invented by some dairy farmers in Indiana.

Pope Francis waves to the faithful as he arrives in St. Peter's Square for his weekly audience, on Dec. 17, in Vatican City. Even among non-Catholics, the pope's popularity is high.
Thu, 12/25/2014 - 02:26

Despite detractors within the church, Pope Francis' emphasis on humility and mercy has won him strong support worldwide. He has addressed thorny issues such as Vatican finances and clerical sex abuse.

The city of Pittsburgh is hoping that drawing more skilled immigrants will give it an entrepreneurial boost.
Thu, 12/25/2014 - 02:26

Pittsburgh is the latest Rust Belt city hoping to lure high-skilled immigrants into its labor force by helping refugees and other immigrants land the kind of jobs they held back home.

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