The Monitor's correspondents around the world have shared some great Christmas stories over the years – from cradles of Christianity, such as Bethlehem, and from less likely places, such as China, Afghanistan, and Cairo. Click through the slides for highlights of past years' holiday coverage.
Australia is struggling to balance humanitarian responsibilities to asylum seekers with national concerns about the economic impact of their migration.
Antigovernment ''red shirt'' protesters launch floating paper lanterns into the sky during the rally at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Thailand.
A red ribbon is displayed on the Paris City Hall in support of the fight against AIDS on World AIDS Day on Dec.1.
The Constitutional Court dropped a court case against Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva's Democrat Party because it was filed incorrectly.
A five-day tiger summit aimed at conservation generated a $1 million donation from Leonardo DiCaprio. The world's remaining 3,500 tigers are at risk from poaching and loss of habitat.
Bulgarian physicians release pigeons with national flags attached to them, during a protest in Sofia. Physicians and medical workers rallied to demand acute reforms and adequate financing of Bulgaria's health-care sector.
Viktor Bout, a former Russian Air Force officer accused of being one of the world's biggest illicit arms traffickers, was handed over to the US by Thai officials.
Aung San Suu Kyi, the detained democracy leader who has been under house arrest since 2003, is set to be released on Saturday evening