Christmas News Roundup: Bombs in Baghdad, Somalia Bans Holiday, and Modern Virgin Births

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If you took Christmas week off like Gleanings editors largely did, here's a quick worldwide roundup of religion news you might have missed:

Bombs in Baghdad: In Iraq, two attacks on presumed Christian targets in Baghdad killed more than 30 people on Christmas Day, reportsThe New York Times,Reuters and Agence France-Presse. However, Morning Star News notes how Iraqi officials dispute that Christians were targeted.

Still outside: In Indonesia, members of Yasmin Church in Bogor celebrated another Christmas elsewhere because local authorities continue to refuse to return their seized building, reports AsiaNews, despite two Supreme Court rulings in the church's favor.

National holidays: On Christmas Eve, Somalia banned Christmas for the first time since 1991, according to GhanaWeb. Meanwhile, in Nepal, which declared Christmas a national holiday in 2011, suspected Hindu extremists set fire to a church and the homes of four converts to Christianity, reports AsiaNews.

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