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?
Borussia Dortmund have hammered Zenit St. Petersburg 4-2 in their opening leg of the Champions League Round of 16. The Russians struggled to deal with BVB's dynamic attack, spearheaded by Robert Lewandowski.
The Netherlands' version of St. Nicholas - Sinterklaas - has been getting a dressing down. The UN calls the Sinterklaas spectacle racist and wants it abolished.
The knockout phase of the Champions League begins, and all four German clubs are still in the running. Bayer Leverkusen faces Paris St Germain and Bayern come up against Arsenal this week.
Pope Francis has appealed for an end to conflict in his New Year's address at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. The Roman Catholic Church dedicates January 1 to the promotion of world peace.
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