The United Nations' International Organization for Migration said at least 1,250 men, women and children have died attempting to reach Europe via the Mediterranean so far this year.
Most of the deaths caused by Typhoon Phanfone were reported in remote villages and popular tourist areas of central Philippines on Christmas day, officials said.
Some 230,000 people were killed in the Indian Ocean tsunami set off by a magnitude 9.1 earthquake on December 26, 2004. A dozen countries were hit, from Indonesia, to India and Africa's east coast.
Travellers in France have had their plans ruined for Christmas as a transport strike in the country enters its fourth week.
The celebration of Jesus's birth reminded humanity how "God continues to love us all, even the worst of us," Pope Francis says in his Christmas message.
The Los Angeles Lakers announced that the NBA superstar LeBron James, who has already missed four games with a strained left groin, would miss at least three more before being re-evaluated.
Migrants' attempts to cross the English Channel have been increasing since October, with authorities on both sides struggling to stop them.
The growing case against the auto tycoon represents a stunning reversal of fortune for a man once revered in Japan and beyond for his ability to turn around automakers, including Nissan.
The shutdown may not end until the new year as Trump refuses to budge on his demands, but the standoff has started affected federal employees.
Morrison travelled to Iraq to meet special forces soldiers and other Australian military personnel. He cancelled a planned visit to Afghanistan on the advice of the defence force chief due to security reasons.
The music romance "A Star Is Born" earns Bradley Cooper a nod for best actor, Lady Gaga for best actress and Sam Elliott for best supporting actor with its fourth nomination being for the best cast.
At least 18 people were killed and 13 others wounded when a suicide attacker blew himself up at the funeral ceremony for a former governor of Haska Mina district in eastern Afghanistan, officials say.
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