At least 17 people were killed and 23 others wounded in a suicide car bomb attack and a car bomb explosion outside Anbar provincial government offices on Sunday, a local police source said.
The Philippines, the largest Roman Catholic state in Asia, observes one of the longest Christmas holidays in the world, beginning with dawn masses on Dec 16 to the feast of the Three Kings in January.
Activists from the 350.org environmental protection NGO sit on a table partially submerged in water as they pretend to represent countries taking part in the UN climate talks during a staged news conference at a beach in Cancun Dec 9, 2010.
Every year since 1901 the Nobel Prize, an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, has been awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace.
An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale jolted Pakistan at 2317 GMT on Thursday (04:17 am Friday local time), the US Geological Survey said.
Two dozen tribesmen are staging a silent protest in Pakistan's capital against US missile strikes along the Afghan border.