A new round of prisoner exchanges between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels is anticipated, a day after the two sides swapped hundreds of captives.
Spaniards await the results of the famous «El Gordo» (The Fat One) Christmas lottery, with €2.2bn (£1.7bn; $2.7bn) of prizes on offer.
The Spanish king’s sister, Princess Cristina, is to face a tax fraud trial over alleged links to her husband’s dealings.
Police in central France shoot dead a man who injured three officers at a police station whilst reportedly shouting «God is great!» in Arabic.
Russia says it will not «cave in» to pressure, following a fresh set of US, EU and Canada sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine.