December 6 is St. Nicholas Day. In Germany, children polish their boots and put them outside, in the hopes that Nicholas will leave them a treat. Where does this tradition come from and how does St. Nicholas differ from Santa Claus?
The US attorney general has called for a federal autopsy of the body of Michael Brown. Eric Holder’s request comes after another long night during which riot police quelled protests with heavy weapons and armored cars.
Since the economic crisis, survival on Manhattan's Upper East Side has become even harder for the poor. Soup kitchens with free meals provide some small relief. But political support for these initiatives is fading.
Pope Francis has performed a wedding ceremony for 20 couples at St. Peter's Basilica. Among the newlyweds were a single mother and couples who were already living together.
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