TOP STORIES FOR MONDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2014.

FRANCE-POWER OF HEELS

PARIS — The wise and well-heeled Marilyn Monroe once said, "Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world." Now a study in France, has measured the power of heels, and found that men behave completely differently toward high-heeled women. The results may please purveyors of Christian Louboutin or Jimmy Choo — yet frustrate those who think stilettos encourage sexism. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. By Thomas Adamson.

NETHERLANDS-UBER

AMSTERDAM — A Dutch court has ruled in a preliminary judgment that Uber, the ride-sharing service, must stop working with drivers who charge fares but do not possess a taxi license. The Commerical Appeals Court in The Hague sided with the Ministry of Transportation that Uber's "UberPop" service violates current taxi laws, which are under review. SENT: 130 words.

FRANCE-TEEN-SYRIA

PARIS — A mother whose teen traveled alone to Syria is suing the French government, alleging it should have stopped the underage boy from leaving the country. The 16-year-old boy left France a year ago, heading to Syria via Turkey for what he described to his mother as humanitarian work. He is still there under uncertain circumstances, the woman told Le Parisien newspaper in a story Monday. SENT: 130 words.

BRITAIN-BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

LONDON — In-demand actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been honored for helping shine an international spotlight on Britain. Cumberbatch, who plays code-breaker Alan Turing in awards-season hopeful "The Imitation Game," was awarded the Variety prize at the British Independent Film Awards. SENT: 130 words, photos.

EXCHANGE STUDENT SHOT

MISSOULA, Montana — Police officers who found a German high school exchange student wounded but still alive after being shot by a Montana man are to resume testifying Monday in the man's murder trial in Missoula. Markus Kaarma, 30, is charged with baiting 17-year-old Diren Dede into sneaking into Kaarma's darkened garage early April 27 and killing him with four shotgun blasts. Kaarma insists he feared for his life and didn't know if the intruder was armed. SENT: 340 words, photos. By Lisa Baumann.

EU-BELGIUM-STRIKE

BRUSSELS — Belgian workers striking against government austerity plans have badly snarled rail and air service to and from the capital city of Brussels. As of Monday morning, 44 percent of flights at Brussels main airport were reported canceled. SENT: 130 words.