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Pope Francis is set to make his first Christmas address as pontiff to what our correspondents are calling the biggest crowd in years: http://bbc.in/1gWihZf Earlier this month, he was named Person of the Year by Time magazine, with the publication saying the he had pulled "the papacy out of the palace and into the streets". Has Pope Francis struck a chord with Catholics around the world? What issues should he raise in his address?

"#Selfie", "#twerk" and "#hashtag" all make BBC News Magazine's list of 20 most overused words of 2013: http://bbc.in/1g0tEM8 #So, what words ubiquitous last year would you wish to banish in 2014?

Car bomb kills at least five in Hezbollah district of Beirut

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A car bomb killed at least five people in Hezbollah’s stronghold in southern Beirut on Thursday, the latest in a series of deadly attacks on Shi’ite and Sunni targets in Lebanon.<p>Several other cars were destroyed by the force of the blast, the blackened and twisted wreckage …

Skype says user information safe in Syrian Electronic Army hack

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A day after the Syrian Electronic Army said it had hacked into Skype’s social media accounts, the Internet calling service acknowledged on Thursday it had been hit with a “cyber attack” but said no user information was compromised.<p>A page from the Skype website is seen in …

Jon M. Chu talks G.I. Joe 3 and why he dropped out of Masters of the Universe

After the disappointing box office for his latest music documentary <b>Justin Bieber’s Believe</b>, director Jon M. Chu is now gearing up for a return to the</b> …

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