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Our world in photos: December 24

December 24, 2020 Michaela Keil
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MEXICO — Holidays at the border: A young girl pushed her doll through the border fence as she attended a Las Posadas event with several asylum-seeking families at the U.S.-Mexico border wall, on the Mexico side Tuesday. People on each side of the border celebrate Las Posadas as they have done for decades. The centuries-old tradition, practiced in Mexico, re-enacts Mary and Joseph’s search for refuge in Bethlehem through songs.
Photo: Ross D. Franklin/AP


CALIFORNIA — Small business struggle: A boy chased a bird on an empty Olvera Street in downtown Los Angeles, Tuesday. The tree-covered brick alley — typically teeming with tourists — is empty. Many of the shops that sell everything from traditional Mexican folk dresses to paintings of artist Frida Kahlo to sombreros are padlocked and the ones open have few, if any, customers. The strains of mariachi trios have fallen silent and the fragrance of taquitos frying has diminished.
Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP


ITALY — Christmas: Italian Carabinieri officers checked vehicles in front of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday. Starting Christmas Eve, travel beyond city or town borders was blocked, with some allowance for very limited personal visits in the same region.
Photo: Cecilia Fabiano/LaPresse via AP


LOUISIANA — New Orleans Bowl: Georgia Southern head coach Chad Lunsford was doused as his team started to celebrate a victory over Louisiana Tech in the New Orleans Bowl NCAA college football game in New Orleans, Wednesday.
Photo: Matthew Hinton/AP


CALIFORNIA — Exhaustion: Dr. Mher Onanyan took a short break while waiting for an X-ray of a COVID-19 patient’s lungs at the Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in the Mission Hills section of Los Angeles, Tuesday.


CUBA — Moving along: Workers, wearing ill-fitting masks, pushed a cart loaded with sacks in Havana, Wednesday. Photo: Ramon Espinosa/AP


SPAIN — Christmas spirit: Mortuary workers took off their protective clothing after removing the body of a person who allegedly died of COVID-19 in Barcelona, Wednesday.
Photo: Emilio Morenatti/AO

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