'Santa' gets a well-deserved rest
A man, part of a group of trained Santa Clauses from various countries, wears a Santa Claus-themed bathing suit as he floats in the Dead Sea, at Neve Midbar beach in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Tuesday. The group, composed of Santas from USA, Denmark, Germany and Romania, is currently on a 4-day post-Christmas visit in the Holy Land. Ammar Awad, Reuters
Kiss of reverence
Devotees line up to wipe with cloths or kiss a part of the image of the Black Nazarene during the annual "Pahalik" on the eve of the Traslacion. Millions of Catholics are expected to flock to the area to give reverence to the image of the Black Nazarene. Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News
US-Iran tension drags Asian markets lower
A currency trader watches monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday. Oil prices rose and Asian stock markets fell Wednesday after Iran fired missiles at US bases in Iraq in retaliation for the killing of an Iranian general. Ahn Young-joon, AP Photo
Searching for clues
Passengers' belongings are collected after a Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737 crashed shortly after take-off from Iran's Imam Khomeini airport.
The crash on Wednesday, which killed all on board, comes at a tense time for both Iran and Boeing. Iran's top general Qassem Soleimani was killed in a US airstrike last week, while Boeing is still reeling from the crashes of its 737 Max airplanes. Nazanin Tabatabaee, WANA (West Asia News) via Reuters
Jeanelyn Villavende comes home
Airport workers transport the remains of Jeanelyn Villavende which were brought back to the country on Wednesday.
Villavende was allegedly killed by her employers in Kuwait last December, which prompted the Philippines to ban the deployment of domestic workers to the Middle Eastern country. Joanthan Cellona, ABS-CBN News
A woman sifts through a pile of shirts for sale outside the Quiapo Church in Manila on Wednesday. The annual Traslacion procession is expected to gather millions of devotees again this year. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News