Orthodox Christians around the world are observing Christmas. Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian president Abdel Fattah el-Sissi both attended Orthodox Masses as a show of solidarity.
Recruiters looking for people to play Santa Claus this Christmas have said there is a lack of people ready to take on the job. The task is more demanding than it would seem at first sight, a Santa agency head told DW.
This year, the Bethlehem nativity scene is modelled on St. Peter's Square from sand, which was specially delivered from the Adriatic town of Jesolo. An annual sand sculpture festival takes place there.
Police are searching for a man who opened fire near a Christmas market in the French city of Strasbourg. So far, two people have died from their injuries and at least 12 are injured.
The German chancellor needs her junior coalition partners, the Social Democrats, to govern, but the row over Germany's spy chief has opened old wounds in that party. Could an SPD meltdown spell the end of the Merkel era?
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