Six people died and eight others were injured after an out-of-control bin lorry careered through streets packed with Christmas shoppers.
A team of experts has drawn up a list of 12 little-known vegetable-related facts, which kicks off with a cast-iron excuse to shun Brussels sprouts on Christmas Day.
Be them icicle displays, multi-coloured extravaganzas, or official town lights, the changing glow is visible from afar.
A cyclist in China somehow managed to avoid serious injury after disappearing underneath an articulated lorry.
A vicar has angered parents by telling her flock that there is no Father Christmas. Hallelujah, says a supportive Alan Tyers.
Ninita the deaf pygmy marmoset was rejected by her parents as three weeks of age, but carers at a rare species foundation have hand-reared her using some unusual techniques.
The traditional Christmas service has been hit in recent years by a rise in anti-social behaviour and a shortage of priests.
A driver lacking in festive spirit took a Christmas tree off a passenger after she failed to stump up the taxi fare.
Watch a video of the pair of mountain sheep who are providing a useful and innovative car-cleaning service to drivers in America.
A woman was moved to tears when an angel-shaped cloud, which she believes was a sign from her late father, appeared in an otherwise clear sky.
Watch CCTV of the shocking moment two thieves distracted a couple so they could steal £700 intended for Christmas presents.
A teacher who revealed to his class he was homosexual has shared an incredible letter a pupil handed him soon after.
There is no doubt cute pandas Xing Er and Sanr are very attached to their zookeeper.