Many mariners are on the high seas at Christmas. For them and their relatives there's been a radio broadcast, "Gruss an Bord," since 1953. Wives, mothers, fathers and friends send their Christmas greetings over the seven seas.
A Catholic priest in the Philippines sought to bring a little levity to his Mass by briefly using a hoverboard during Christmas mass. But church officials in the conservative Asian country were not amused.
The refugee crisis was at the heart of German President Joachim Gauck's Christmas address. Gauck says that, through dialogue, solutions must now be found that meet ethical standards and do not endanger social cohesion.
In an evening of few surprises, German Schlager songstress Helene Fischer took home four of the renowned trophies, while singer-songwriter Joris garnered three. The gala highlighted German-language pop on an upswing.
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