The number of cultural and natural assets in the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List has reached 85, with Turkey's historic eastern and southeastern Anatolian towns joining the list.
The faithful gathered at The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, waiting for clergymen to emerge with the Holy Fire from the Edicule, a chamber built on the site where Christians believe Jesus was buried and rose from the dead after being crucified.
Ethiopian Human Rights Commission says at least 123 people were killed and some 500 injured amid one of worst outbreaks of ethnic violence in the country in years.
Christmas festivities have begun, with hundreds of millions across the world celebrating a pared-down version of a holiday typically marked by travel and large gatherings.
In the crucial 11th century battle, two different powers, Greek-led Byzantiums and Turkish-led Seljuks, faced each other to determine the fate of the Middle East and the Anatolian lands.
The site, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage Temporary List, was closed to visitors in September 2015 for carrying out restoration work due to the risk of rocks falling over the structure.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with Palestinian parties, including Hamas and Fatah factions, amid a three-day intra-Palestinian meeting which began in Moscow aimed at unifying 12 different Palestinian movements and organisations.
More than a year ago, Baghdad declared defeat of the terrorist group in northern Iraq. But thousands of Christians who fled their homelands in Hamdaneyah, near Mosul city, say they are not convinced.
Services held around the world to mark the birth of Jesus.
A manifesto by nearly 300 French personalities that urged prominent Muslims to obsolete anti-Jewish and anti-Christian references in the Quran has caused a furore in Turkey as well as in France.
Every president from Bill Clinton onward had pledged to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital but reneged on that promise in office.
As tens of thousands of people flee the fighting in Raqqa, one Christian family in the city recalls their escape from the terror group's stronghold in Syria.
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