{FD} Dutch police: 2 dead in stabbings in southern city

Police in the southern Dutch city of Maastricht say two people have died and a number of people have been wounded in two stabbing incidents.

{FD} EU distances itself from Trump with comment on Jerusalem

A European Union leader says leaders of the 28-nation bloc have reiterated their “firm commitment” to a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, in what amounts to a rebuke of President Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

{FD} EU extends sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

The European Union has extended sanctions against Russia because of the stalled peace process in Ukraine.

{FD} School bus hit by train in southern France, at least 4 students dead

At least four school children were killed in southern France on Thursday after a train and bus collided, French media reported.

{FD} The Latest: French Prime minister heads to crash site

The Latest on a collision between a train and a school bus in southern France (all times local): 6:30 p.m. French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe and Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne are traveling to the site of a collision between a train and a school bus in southern France.

{FD} Polish officials says Putin responsible for 2010 plane crash

Poland’s defense minister says a plane crash that killed the nation’s president in 2010 in Russia was preceded by two explosions on board, calling on Russian President Vladimir Putin to “take responsibility for what happened.”

{FD} Hunger at the doors of Damascus, as government blocks aid

At the doors of the Syrian capital, children with wrinkled faces and arms like sticks are going hungry because President Bashar Assad’s forces, supported by Russia and Iran, are blocking trucks filled with humanitarian relief.

{FD} French authorities say a school bus and train have collided

French authorities say there has been a “serious rail accident” in southern France involving a school bus and a regional train.

{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} 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} 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} 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.