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Bomb blasts, peace appeals mark this year’s Christmas

Monitors to visit restive city of Homs to probe whether Damascus is taking proper steps to end civilian unrest

Bomb blasts, peace appeals mark this year’s Christmas
People stand in front of the partially destroyed St Theresa Catholic Church after a bomb blast in the Madala Zuba district of Nigeria's capital Abuja on Dec 25,. Two explosions near churches during Christmas Day services in Nigeria killed at least 28 people (AFP/Getty Images)
Bomb blasts, peace appeals mark this year’s Christmas
Pope Benedict called for an end to violence in Syria but his Christmas day peace appeal was marred by a bomb at a Catholic Church in Nigeria which the Vatican condemned as blind 'terrorist violence' (Getty Images)
Bomb blasts, peace appeals mark this year’s Christmas
But Christmas was celebrated with cheer across other parts of the world. (above) US president Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited service members and their families in a mess hall at Marine Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay (AFP/Getty Images)
Bomb blasts, peace appeals mark this year’s Christmas
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge walks to Sandringham Church for the traditional Christmas Day service at Sandringham in England (Getty Images)
Bomb blasts, peace appeals mark this year’s Christmas
Jana Mandana performs during the Circus Krone Christmas Show at the Circus Krone on in Munich,Germany (Getty Images)
Bomb blasts, peace appeals mark this year’s Christmas
A Syrian Christian woman prays during Christmas Day mass at the Saint George Monastery in Mishtaya, some 50 kms from Homs (AFP/Getty Images)
Bomb blasts, peace appeals mark this year’s Christmas
Pakistani Christians women pray around illuminated display of nativity scenes specially set up during Christmas celebrations (AFP/Getty Images)
Bomb blasts, peace appeals mark this year’s Christmas
Palestinian Scouts play the bagpipes outside the Church of the Nativity while Christians gather for Christmas celebrations in the West Bank city of Bethlehem (AFP/Getty Images)
Bomb blasts, peace appeals mark this year’s Christmas
Chinese children rest after singing Christmas songs for customers at a shopping centre (Getty Images)
Bomb blasts, peace appeals mark this year’s Christmas
Street vendors speak to a potential customer as they sell Christmas items at the roadside in New Delhi, India (Getty Images)