The top New Year's resolutions in Germany are to reduce stress and make more time for family. Many would also like to lose weight and stop smoking. But do New Year's resolutions ever work?
Whoever wants to celebrate the turn of the year in the German capital has to pay an average of 68 percent more than usual for an overnight stay in a hotel room. This is the most expensive in Germany.
The United Nations General Assembly has voted down a US-proposed resolution to condemn the Islamic militant group Hamas. Earlier the world body had narrowly voted to require a two-thirds majority for approval.
With this year's climate talks drawing to end, there is a yawning gulf between richer countries seeking to pin down rules and poorer ones demanding financing and flexibility.
Over the Christmas holiday period animal shelters in Germany are stopping people from taking pets home. They say that anyone who does not understand why is probably the wrong person to adopt.
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