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Recreational marijuana becomes legal in Illinois on New Year's Day

Many pot-smoking adults in Illinois will ring in the new year on a high note when recreational marijuana use becomes legal in the state on Jan. 1.

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No Christmas mass at Notre-Dame for the first time since Napoleon

For the first time in more than 200 years, worshippers will not be able to attend Christmas mass at Notre-Dame cathedral, still being restored after a devastating fire.

Elephant Santas deliver Christmas presents at Thai school

Elephants dressed as Santa Claus gave out presents and candy to students in Thailand in an annual Christmas tradition in the mostly Buddhist country.

Carols and bells in Bethlehem as Christmas draws near

Christmas cheer rang out through Bethlehem's Manger Square on Monday as pilgrims and worshippers flocked to the city revered as Jesus's birthplace and locals made final preparations for this year's festivities.

Indonesian housewife tackles homelessness for 250 feral cats

On the outskirts of suburban Jakarta, housewife Dita Agusta lives with more than 250 cats she has taken in off the streets, creating a shelter for the animals she hopes will one day be adopted.

Banksy's 'Scar of Bethlehem' nativity unveiled in West Bank hotel

British street artist Banksy has brought a somber Christmas spirit to a hotel he founded in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, with a nativity scene evoking the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

With 'tornado beer' and brick-breaking, Chinese villager becomes Twitter sensation

福利网站In a short online video, a Chinese man with a round face and a buzz cut pops open a beer cap with a single chopstick.

Celebrations in Spain as winning ticket for 'Fat One' lottery revealed

Lucky punters celebrated across Spain on Sunday after winning a share of the jackpot in the country's 2.38 billion euro ($2.64 billion) Christmas lottery, known as El Gordo (the Fat One).

Christmas tree app updates tradition in Estonia

福利网站Estonians have always headed to the forests in their thousands to cut down Christmas trees, but these days they will probably have a smartphone in their hands.

Romania auctions dictator Ceausescu's hunting car for $44,000

Romania sold an off-road vehicle made especially for Nicolae Ceausescu in 1977 for almost double its starting price, the country's tax authority ANAF said on Friday, drawing on the late dictator's notoriety 30 years after the collapse of communism.

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Holiday lights

Merry and bright scenes around the world during the Christmas season.

Here comes Santa Claus

Santa makes appearances all over the world leading up to Christmas.

Eagle hunting in Kazakhstan

Hunters use tamed golden eagles and hawks during a traditional hunting contest in Kazakhstan.