Members of the "Yeti Divers" club in the town of Wittlich in Rheinland-Pfalz have decorated a tree under water, in a five-meter-deep swimming pool. They did it to collect donations for a charity project.
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?
The new European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is using monetary magic to transform limited public funding into a huge investment fund. Barbara Wesel says that demands gratitude as well as criticism.
South Korea has taken down a Christmas tree-shaped tower that has stood along the border with North Korea for more than four decades. The move comes after the countries agreed to resume high-level talks.
Christians from around the world have assembled in the West Bank town of Bethlehem to celebrate Christmas. There are thought to be fewer than in past years due to the Gaza conflict of this past summer.