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5 stories you may have missed this holiday weekend

Blasts in Nigeria and Baghdad, Kate Middleton's first Royal Christmas, the Chinese yuan and more: what you may have missed over the holiday weekend.

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Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, accepts flowers from members of the crowd as she leaves Sandringham Church after the traditional Christmas Day service on December 25, 2011, in King's Lynn, England. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

Christmas weekend has passed by in a blur of wrapping paper, pine needles and eggnog. As we all readjust to the daily grind, here's a list of the top news stories you may have missed while you were busy playing with your new toys.

Nigeria: Christmas church bombs kill dozens

On Christmas day, five bombs exploded in churches across Nigeria. Radical Islamist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the attacks. At least 25 people were killed.

Kate Middleton celebrates Christmas with Royal family

About 3,000 people lined up to watch the Duchess of Cambridge walk to and from St. Mary Magdalene Church with the Royal family on Sunday. The Royals then ate a traditional lunch and visited Prince Phillip, the Queen's husband in hospital, where he was receiving treatment for a blocked coronary artery.

Suicide car bomb strikes Iraq interior ministry in Baghdad

A suicide bomber attempted to drive his car into the interior ministry in Baghdad during rush hour on Monday. Seven people were killed, and at least 34 were injured. Police sources believe the attack was related to the arrest warrant out for Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi.

Report finds that Japan's disaster relief response failed

An interim report released Monday found that the disaster response to the earthquake and tsunami that shook Japan in March was riddled with problems. The problems include assuming that an emergency cooling system was working, delaying the disclosure of radiation leaks to the public and underestimating the risks of the tsunami before it happened.

Chinese yuan hits a 17-year high

The yuan strengthened 0.26 percent to 6.3198 per US dollar at 4:30 p.m. Monday in Shanghai, the strongest since the country unified the official and market exchange rates in 1993. The value of the yuan is expected to increase over 2012.


 

http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/111227/news-christmas-weekend