{FD} Vladimir Putin was stunt man in 1970s movies, report says

Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen doing so many “manly things” extensive photo galleries exist online devoted to pics of Putin practicing Judo, hunting (shirtless), riding a horse (shirtless), flying in a motorized hang glider, examining a shipwreck in a submersible and taming tigers and polar bears.

{FD} Romania: prosecutors slam proposals to change justice system

Romania’s top prosecutors have sharply criticized proposed changes to the legal system they say will make it hard to carry out prosecutions.

{FD} Pilot traces virtual Christmas tree in German test flight

A pilot has traced a virtual Christmas tree over Germany on a test flight with an Airbus A380.

{FD} Nazareth cancels Christmas celebrations over Trump’s Israel decision

Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel has caused a backlash, particularly among Muslims, in the region, and the reaction’s reverberated to Nazareth, where the town’s mayor, Ali Salam, announced Thursday all planned Christmas events would be canceled.

{FD} Hungary: Officials compare Germany’s Martin Schulz to Hitler

A Hungarian government official has criticized the suggestion by Germany’s Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz that the EU should become a federal “United States of Europe” and countries that refuse should be forced to leave the bloc, saying that is the kind of “ultimatum” Hungary last received from Adolf Hitler.

{FD} Scientists solve speed surprise in stratospheric stunt

Scientists say they’ve figured out why an Austrian who became the first skydiver to break the speed of sound fell faster than the drag of his body should have allowed.

{FD} Italy’s 2017 Nativity scenes feature Trump, Kim _ and Jedis

Naples’ Christmas artisans are at it again, turning figures from current events into ceramic characters to decorate miniature Nativity scenes that take over Italian living rooms this time of year.

{FD} The Latest: Syrian government won’t talk with opposition

The Latest on developments in Syria’s conflict and he U.N.-sponsored talks in Geneva (all times local): 5 p.m.

{FD} Germany’s VW issues study on role during Brazil dictatorship

German automaker Volkswagen says a study into its role during Brazil’s 1964-1985 military dictatorship has concluded that some site security officials in Brazil cooperated with the regime but there was no clear evidence the collaboration was “institutionalized.”

{FD} 3,100 migrants repatriated from Libya in recent days

The European Union and African Union say at least 3,100 migrants who were stranded in Libya have been returned to their home countries in the past two weeks.

{FD} The tragedy of Palmyra: First look inside one of world’s most magical ancient ruins – now utterly destroyed by ISIS

In a world before ISIS, Palmyra was something of a sanctuary poised deep inside the south-central desert of Syria.

{FD} Pakistan asks 21 foreign aid groups to close shop, leave

Two senior Pakistani security officials say that authorities have asked 21 foreign aid groups to wrap up their activities and prepare to leave Pakistan after they failed to re-register under a regulation introduced two years ago.

{FD} Police arrest leaders of far-right group retweeted by Trump

Two leaders of a British far-right group that gained publicity when it was retweeted by U.S. President Donald Trump have been arrested for allegedly stirring up hatred.

{FD} Malta magistrate recuses herself in slain journalist case

A Maltese magistrate has recused herself from hearing preliminary evidence in the killing of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, citing a conflict of interest.

{FD} The Latest: Zimbabwe’s new leader wants sanctions lifted

The Latest on Zimbabwe’s new president (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Zimbabwe’s new leader is calling for the “unconditional lifting” of sanctions that he says has crippled the once-prosperous country’s development.

{FD} Egypt activist sentenced to 3 years for government criticism

Egyptian lawyers say a prominent activist and opposition figure has been sentenced to three years over his criticism of the government’s decision to transfer control over two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia.

{FD} Tanzania urges UN to probe killings of peacekeepers in Congo

Tanzania’s government is urging the United Nations to conduct an independent investigation into the killings of 15 Tanzanian peacekeepers last week in eastern Congo.

{FD} Kosovo acquits a Turkish man detained on terror charges

A Kosovo court has acquitted a Turkish man of terror charges and will not extradite him to Turkey.

{FD} Thousands of mourners say farewell to Romania’s King Michael

Thousands of Romanians have paid their respects to the late King Michael I whose coffin is lying in state at the Royal Palace before his funeral this weekend.

{FD} The Latest: Turkey suggests opening embassy to Palestine

The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the fallout from the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel (all times local): 2 p.m. Turkey’s top diplomat says it plans to open an embassy in east Jerusalem once the world recognizes an independent Palestinian state.