A picture shows Christmas lights during the "Luci d'Artista" (Artist's Lights of Salerno) event in Salerno, southern Italy.

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Australia's Josh Hazlewood, right, celebrates after taking the wicket of India's Ajinkya Rahane during play on day two of the second cricket test in Brisbane, Australia, Thursday, December 18, 2014.

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A man clears the snow from his vehicle following heavy snowfall at Kufri, some 17 Kmls from Shimla.

Fog and snow affect life in northern India

Seasonal heavy fog and cold weather is taking hold in northern India.

Shaikh Ahmad Al Ghamdi, former head of the religious police in Makkah, pictured with his wife (left) and an unidentified woman showing her bare arms.

Saudi niqab issue kicks up social storm

'Embarassing' picture leaked as scholars call for rational debate over hot-button issue

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UAE markets rebound, Dubai up 12.98%

Dubai index posts biggest single-day gain in Gulf region after losing 30% since start of the month

"Herbert C" has refashioned himself from being the head of feared bank robbery gang that killed dozens into a musical icon -- and now also a Youtube senstation.

Bank robber turns into a jailhouse rock star

Crime lord in Philippines used his time in prison to turn himself into a music star


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