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1,000 sprinting Santas

From Lapland to lap times: young and old lookalike Santas shed the pounds at the Michendorf Nikolaus Run on December 4The town of Michendorf in Brandenburg kicked off its 8th Saint Nicholas run at the weekend, attracting nearly 1,000 enthusiastic Santa impersonators.

The participants aged between two and 80 gathered in the mist on Sunday morning (December 4) for Michendorf’s eighth annual pre-Christmas Nikolauslauf (Nicholas run).

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Planned German road toll agreed

The European Commission and the German government agreed to settle differences over Germany’s plan to introduce a highway toll for cars after months of dispute, EU officials said on December 1.

Last year the German parliament approved a road charging system that would have hit only foreign drivers, but the plan was kept on hold after the EU Commission complained it would have been discriminatory and so against EU rules.

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Nazi POW leaves estate to ‘kind’ Scottish village

A former Nazi prisoner of war has left his entire estate in his will to a small village in Scotland to show his appreciation for the kindness he received there during his captivity.

Heinrich Steinmeyer, a Waffen SS soldier during the Second World War, was captured in France and held in the Cultybraggan POW camp near Comrie in the Scottish Highlands, where the 19-year-old received an unexpectedly warm welcome.

The acts of kindness began when local children reportedly befriended him through the fence and smuggled him out of the camp to watch a film at a nearby cinema.

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