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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.