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 birth of Jesus in a stable in Bethlehem, the source of the Christian Christmas festival.
Southeast Asian artists rarely hit it big in Western charts, but not for a lack of talent, says hip-hop label owner Jason Schadt. The Canadian emcee settled in Malaysia, leaving behind the insularity he observes at home.
As Bethlehem gears up for the biggest day of the year when thousands of tourists flock to the West Bank's cradle of Christianity, the West Bank town is still reeling from a severe storm and economic uncertainty.
One person has been killed in violence that followed the escape of asylum seekers from an Australian offshore immigration detention center in Papua New Guinea. Detainees have mounted a series of protests in recent weeks.
Berlin is a match for many cities in many things - and its admittedly modest yuletide illuminations are no exception. DW's Tamsin Walker is enchanted by the understated approach to the seasonal festival of lights.
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