Christmasworld is the largest trade fair for Christmas articles in the world. In 2012 it attracted more than 31,000 visitors and was attended by some 900 exhibitors.
Germany's benchmark DAX-30 stock index has hit a record high, crashing through the 11,000-point barrier. The surge came on the back of fresh hope that a solution may be found for Greece's debt problem.
The number of new cases of Ebola in West Africa reached new lows. However fear of the deadly virus continued to spread like wildfire.
The international furniture fair IMM Cologne has opened its doors in the Rhineland metropolis. And the new major trend this year? Comfort and coziness.
China has rejected US claims it supports its export industry in an unfair manner, saying it regrets Washington's decision to launch a legal challenge against the policy with the World Trade Organization (WTO).
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