Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was unable to hold Christmas Eve Mass for the first time in more than 200 years after a fire ravaged its structure in April.
With heavy hearts, French Catholics instead gathered at the nearby church of Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois, a few hundred meters away, for a service celebrated by the cathedral's rector Patrick Chauvet.
Iranian artist Ahad Saadi's exhibition titled 'Azarnegari' has opened at Süzer Plaza in Istanbul.
The exhibition is a first in the world and consists of the works created with Azarnegari, which is a technique of drawing with fire.
The revenues of the exhibition, which will run through March 24, will be donated to the Association of Cancer-Free Life.
Fifty years after Italy's Matera was a national embarrassment because of its extreme poverty, the city is rescuing its dignity, baroque palaces and cave churches to become a European Capital of Culture.
Erkuter Leblebici, a 79-year-old academic who retired from Ege University's Botanical Garden and Herbarium Research and Application Center, has tattoos of the plant species he has discovered throughout his career and gained to literature inked on his arm.