Bethlehem

A visitor places a burning candle in the Church of the Nativity, the site revered by Christians as Jesus' birthplace, ahead of Christmas in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 23, 2013.

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A visitor places a candle in the Church of the Nativity, the site revered by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus, ahead of Christmas in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on Monday

A Palestinian boy dressed as Santa Claus holds a Palestinian flag as he stands in front of Israeli soldiers during a protest against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of al-Masara near Bethlehem. REUTERS/Ammar Awad     REUTERS NEWS PICTURES HAS NOW MADE IT EASIER TO FIND THE BEST PHOTOS FROM THE MOST IMPORTANT STORIES AND TOP STANDALONES EACH DAY. Search for "TPX" in the IPTC Supplemental Category field or "IMAGES OF THE DAY" in the Caption field and you will find a selection of 80-100 of our daily Top Pictures.

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A Palestinian boy dressed as Santa Claus holds a Palestinian flag as he stands in front of Israeli soldiers during a protest against the controversial Israeli barrier in the West Bank village of al-Masara near Bethlehem. 

A priest walks near columns inside the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem...A priest walks near columns inside the Church of Nativity, revered as the site of Jesus' birth, ahead of Christmas in the West Bank town of Bethlehem December 18, 2013. REUTERS/Ammar Awad

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A priest walks between columns inside the Church of Nativity, revered as the site of Jesus’s birth, ahead of Christmas in the West Bank town of Bethlehem.