RT News - November 17, 2014 (17:00 MSK)

A Kurdish leader claims 2-hundred thousand are now fighting with radical group Islamic State - six times more than the CIA previously estimated. Naughty or nice - the 'Black Pete' Christmas character stirs protests against racism in the Netherlands, with traditionalists defending Santa's sidekick as merely a folklore figure. Split on sanctions - the EU weighs up new restrictions against Russia, but appears to lack the harmony required to approve a further package - with Germany's finance minister warning it will only aggravate the situation.