King Holiday Observed at Tense Moment in US

To commemorate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Nicholas Thomas and more than 100 other volunteers will board up vacant houses, install school safety signs and make other improvements to a Detroit neighborhood. Their mission is to celebrate King’s legacy by being good neighbors and helping lift up a primarily black school in one of the poorer areas of the city.

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Iraqis Call off Christmas Celebrations in Protest

The Christmas tree in the middle of a central Baghdad plaza occupied by anti-government protesters is bare, save for portraits of those killed by security forces. A tribute, the demonstrators said, to a recent decision by Iraq’s Christians to call off seasonal festivities to honor the losses.

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