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The bare-breasted activist from feminist group Femen who snatched the baby Jesus figurine from the St Peter's Square Nativity scene on Christmas Day remained under arrest in the Vatican on Friday. Azhdanova was swiftly apprehended by Vatican police after rushing into the Nativity scene and plucking the baby Jesus figurine up while shouting what were described as anti-religious slogans.
Major U.S. stock indexes moved higher Friday afternoon, with the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor's 500 index on track for new highs. Falling oil prices helped bolster expectations for stronger consumer spending heading into next year. Utilities stocks were among the biggest gainers in light trading a day after Christmas.