A couple dances tango in front of St. Peter's Square to celebrate Pope Francis' 78th birthday at the Vatican. Hundreds of tango dancers from all over the world gathered just next to St. Peter's Square for a milonga. (Gregorio Borgia / AP)

International POW: 16-22 December

Christmas is a time in which, of all times in the year, the memory of every remediable sorrow, wrong, and trouble in the world around us, should be active with us, not less than our own experiences, for all good. — Charles Dickens.

A couple dances tango in front of St. Peter's Square to celebrate Pope Francis' 78th birthday at the Vatican. Hundreds of tango dancers from all over the world gathered just next to St. Peter's Square for a milonga. (Gregorio Borgia / AP)

A couple dances tango in front of St. Peter’s Square to celebrate Pope Francis’ 78th birthday at the Vatican. Hundreds of tango dancers from all over the world gathered just next to St. Peter’s Square for a milonga. (Gregorio Borgia / AP)

 A woman walks pushing a pram between the rubble of destroyed buildings in the besieged rebel bastion of Douma, Syria. (ABD DOUMANY / AFP - GETTY IMAGES)

A woman walks pushing a pram between the rubble of destroyed buildings in the besieged rebel bastion of Douma, Syria. (ABD DOUMANY / AFP – GETTY IMAGES)

 

A refugee boy from the minority Yazidi sect walks outside tents during wintry weather at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria. (Reuters)

A refugee boy from the minority Yazidi sect walks outside tents during wintry weather at Nowruz refugee camp in Qamishli, northeastern Syria. (Reuters)

Hostages flee with their hands up from the Lindt Cafe during a standoff, in Sydney, Australia. Police stormed the cafe on Monday, ending a 16-hour seiege by a gunman and self-professed sheik. The gunman was killed and two of 17 hostages suffered fatal injuries. (Joosep Martinson / Getty Images)

Hostages flee with their hands up from the Lindt Cafe during a standoff, in Sydney, Australia. Police stormed the cafe on Monday, ending a 16-hour seiege by a gunman and self-professed sheik. The gunman was killed and two of 17 hostages suffered fatal injuries. (Joosep Martinson / Getty Images)

A man arrives with flowers in Martin Place in Sydney, Australia. Tens of thousands paid tribute to the two victims of the Martin Place siege. (Nikki Short / EPA)

A man arrives with flowers in Martin Place in Sydney, Australia. Tens of thousands paid tribute to the two victims of the Martin Place siege. (Nikki Short / EPA)

Women mourn their relative Mohammed Ali Khan, 15, a student who was killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, at his house in Peshawar. Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years. (Zohra Bensemra / Reuters)

Women mourn their relative Mohammed Ali Khan, 15, a student who was killed during an attack by Taliban gunmen on the Army Public School, at his house in Peshawar. Taliban gunmen broke into a school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar and opened fire, witnesses said, in the bloodiest massacre the country has seen for years. (Zohra Bensemra / Reuters)

Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims reach out to touch the tomb of Imam al-Abbas located inside the Imam al-Abbas shrine to mark Arbain in the holy city of Kerbala, southwest of Baghdad. Iraqi officials say millions of Shi'ite pilgrims from across Iraq and neighbouring countries are expected in Kerbala for Saturday's Arbain ritual, which marks the last of 40 days mourning for the death 1,300 years ago of Imam Hussein. (Reuters)

Shi’ite Muslim pilgrims reach out to touch the tomb of Imam al-Abbas located inside the Imam al-Abbas shrine to mark Arbain in the holy city of Kerbala, southwest of Baghdad. Iraqi officials say millions of Shi’ite pilgrims from across Iraq and neighbouring countries are expected in Kerbala for Saturday’s Arbain ritual, which marks the last of 40 days mourning for the death 1,300 years ago of Imam Hussein. (Reuters)

A decorated Christmas tree is seen in Moscow's Red Square. (TASS / Barcroft Media)

A decorated Christmas tree is seen in Moscow’s Red Square. (TASS / Barcroft Media)

 A man has his head shaved inside the stone circle at Stonehenge - Wiltshire, United Kingdom, where people gathered to celebrate the winter solstice. (Ben Birchall / PA)

A man has his head shaved inside the stone circle at Stonehenge – Wiltshire, United Kingdom, where people gathered to celebrate the winter solstice. (Ben Birchall / PA)

A young girl holds flags from a car as supporters of newly-elected President Beji Caid Essebsi celebrate his victory. Veteran anti-Islamist politician was declared the winner of Tunisia’s first free presidential election, capping off the transition to democracy in the birthplace of the Arab Spring. (Fethi Belaid / AFP - Getty Images)

A young girl holds flags from a car as supporters of newly-elected President Beji Caid Essebsi celebrate his victory. Veteran anti-Islamist politician was declared the winner of Tunisia’s first free presidential election, capping off the transition to democracy in the birthplace of the Arab Spring. (Fethi Belaid / AFP – Getty Images)

Schoolchildren study in open-air classrooms in Mohmand Dara district, Afghanistan. The country’s education system has been undermined by the Soviet invasion of 1979, a civil war in the 1990s and years of Taliban rule. (Noorullah Shirzada / AFP - Getty Images)

Schoolchildren study in open-air classrooms in Mohmand Dara district, Afghanistan. The country’s education system has been undermined by the Soviet invasion of 1979, a civil war in the 1990s and years of Taliban rule. (Noorullah Shirzada / AFP – Getty Images)

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