Artisans, fire-eaters, even a Viking hot tub: the Christmas market in the southern German town of Esslingen offers everything associated with the Middle Ages.
In many cities in Europe the holiday season starts in late November. Christmas markets open, shopping streets are lit with thousands of lights and store windows are festively decorated.
As India celebrates the Hindu festival of Diwali, marked by bursting firecrackers and lighting lamps, the ban on fireworks in Delhi has cast a dark shadow on traders. Some say it will take out fun from the festival.
Almost a year after Anis Amri drove a truck into a Berlin Christmas market, startling police "failures" in the case have come to light. An investigator said he could not fathom why the killer was not under surveillance.
Berlin police allegedly wasted three hours after December's truck attack before initiating a city-wide search for suspects. Terrorist Anis Amri had ample time to flee, says an inquiry report cited by German media.
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