Every year in December, the hamlet of Wieda in the Harz region is transformed. Twenty life-sized manger scenes appear in gardens and garages, depicting the story behind the Christian Christmas festival, the birth of Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem.
At least 10 people have been injured after a van drove into shoppers in Nantes, France. The driver is said to have shouted "Allahu Akbar" before carrying out the attack, the second such incident within days.
Several people were killed after a garbage truck lost control in the Scottish city of Glasgow. It's reported the driver could have been taken ill at the wheel.
The longest Stollen cake, the biggest nativity scene, the oldest market - in the run up to Christmas, Germany is gripped by the desire to break records. But do these spectacles really attract more visitors and money?
For more than 13 years, Mayor Klaus Wowereit has been the face of party-hearty, poor-but-sexy Berlin. For DW's Jefferson Chase, a special chapter in Berlin's history will be over when he leaves office.
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