Christmas behind bars can be a sad affair - that's why parishes in Bremen make a point of organizing Christmas parcels containing treats and little gifts, which they distribute in jails.
Former Brazilian President Lula is actively campaigning for another term from prison. His supporters contend his conviction is political, and they have set up a protest camp outside his detention facility in solidarity.
An asylum-seeker, thought to be from Afghanistan, has been given an 8-and-a-half-year prison sentence for the murder of a teenage German girl. The case has fueled debate on asylum policy in Germany.
A court in London has released anti-Muslim activist Tommy Robinson on bail after he won an appeal against a contempt of court charge. Robinson's case has attracted the sympathy of President Trump's right-wing supporters.
Brazil's electoral court has voted to bar ex-president Lula da Silva from running in October's election. Lula was considered the front-runner, despite currently serving a 12-year prison sentence for fraud.
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