German's love their Christmas markets, their Christmas cakes, and Christmas cheer. But if you ask two Germans "What day is Christmas?", you might not get the same answer.
Over a million Christians have left Iraq in the last decade due to increasing threat from Islamist extremists. Easter is a time of particular caution, as those who attend mass can make for easy targets.
The controversial secession referendum in Crimea has aroused fears and doubts in the minds of German residents with Ukrainian roots. Some of them hit the streets on Saturday (15.03.2014) to voice their disapproval.
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Even predominantly Hindu and Muslim countries deck the halls and department store windows during the traditional Christian holiday. For retailers, especially, this makes the season's profits all the more merry.
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