Competitive ice fishing at Christmas even managed to survive seventy years of Soviet rule. Who catches the elusive "Christmas fish" this year?
Through a myriad of political and religious connections, Russia is seeking to establish its presence in Lebanon. In the first of a three-part exclusive for DW, Benas Gerdziunas traces Russia's influence.
Gerhard Schröder's prominent place at Vladimir Putin's swearing in has raised eyebrows in Germany and abroad. Schröder, the chairman of Russia's Rosneft, has been calling for an end to sanctions against Moscow.
A Moscow bus has crashed into a pedestrian underpass near a metro station in the Russian capital. Police are investigating whether it was an accident or a deliberate attack.
The arrival of Greek Patriarch Theophilos III in Bethlehem was the center of a protest against church land sales to Jewish groups. Some townships had called for a boycott of the midnight mass attended by the patriarch.
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