Gulf Times - Christmas
Typhoon misery for Philippines on holiday season

Typhoon misery for Philippines on holiday season

Typhoon Phanfone pummelled the central Philippines on Christmas Day, bringing a wet and miserable holiday season to millions in the mainly Catholic nation.

Heavy hearts as Notre-Dame misses Xmas mass for first time since 1803

Heavy hearts as Notre-Dame misses Xmas mass for first time since 1803

Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was unable to hold Christmas Eve Mass for the first time in more than 200 years -- after a fire ravaged its structure in April.

Hong Kong gears up for Christmas holiday protests

Hong Kong gears up for Christmas holiday protests

Hong Kong is gearing up for demonstrations over the Christmas week with protesters planning to gather in districts across the city, including in prime shopping malls ...

UK PM Johnson eyes parliament vote before Christmas to ‘get Brexit done’

UK PM Johnson eyes parliament vote before Christmas to ‘get Brexit done’

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will ‘get Brexit done’ by Jan. 31 and then agree a new trade deal with the European Union by the end of 2020 ...

UK's Johnson promises Brexit for Christmas in manifesto

UK's Johnson promises Brexit for Christmas in manifesto

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will promise to bring his Brexit deal back to parliament before Christmas when he launches his Conservative Party's manifesto on Sunday ...

Irish PM says no plans to call election before Christmas

Irish PM says no plans to call election before Christmas

Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said on Saturday he has no plans to call an election before Christmas and that uncertainty over Brexit must take precedence over the outcome of talks ...

Queen praises terror-hit London, Manchester in Christmas message

Queen praises terror-hit London, Manchester in Christmas message

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II praised the response of London and Manchester to horrific terror attacks this year, during her annual Christmas message on Monday.

Santa denial gets Italian conductor the sack

Santa denial gets Italian conductor the sack

Maybe, facing the combined power of Disney and Christmas, orchestra conductor Giacomo Loprieno should have just let it go.

Philippines evacuates thousands ahead of Christmas typhoon

Philippines evacuates thousands ahead of Christmas typhoon

Philippine authorities began evacuating thousands of people and shut down dozens of ports on Saturday as a strong typhoon threatened to wallop the country's east coast on Christmas Day.

Sri Lanka's record Xmas tree pruned due to work delays

Sri Lanka's record Xmas tree pruned due to work delays

Sri Lanka surpassed the world record for the tallest artificial Christmas tree Saturday despite building delays forcing organisers to prune the structure by almost half, an official said.

Christmas train to spread tolerance in Pakistan

Christmas train to spread tolerance in Pakistan

A Christmas-themed train on Thursday set out on a journey to criss-cross Pakistan in an effort to promote tolerance in the overwhelmingly Muslim country.

Christmas bomb plot foiled in Indonesia, three killed

Christmas bomb plot foiled in Indonesia, three killed

Indonesian police have foiled plans for a Christmas suicide bombing after killing three suspected militants on Wednesday and discovering a cache of bombs, authorities said.