A look at the best news photos from around the world.
An Iraqi Christian boy, who fled the violence in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, poses for a photo wearing a Father Christmas hat, on the grounds of Mar Elia Chaldean Catholic Church, where many displaced Christians have erected tents, in Arbil, the capital of the Kurdish autonomous region.
Children dressed as angels take part in a mass on the eve of Christmas at the South Cathedral official Catholic church in Beijing, China, Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014.
Workers in Santa Claus (R) and reindeer (L) costumes are pictured as they clean windows outside a shopping mall along Tokyo's waterfront on December 24, 2014. The costumes were worn as part of a Christmas promotional event to attract shoppers. AFP PHOTO
Christian pilgrims from Nigeria pray inside the Grotto of the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed by Christians to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on Christmas Eve Wednesday, Dec. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Majdi