Today is the first full day of winter. I think the solstice occurred some time yesterday. When we say "shortest day", what we really mean is the day with the shortest amount of time between sunrise and sunset. With that in mind, here are some things going on out there:
From The Times Of Israel, an Israeli aid group is trying to help Yazidi victims of ISIS.
From the Express, a protest breaks out just outside the office of Chancellor Angela Merkel, and an asylum seeker disrupts a nativity play in Austria.
From NPR, the Berlin attack causes European's fears to rise.
From Breitbart London, in Germany, providing for migrants can get expensive.
From FrontpageMag, Europeans have had enough.
From ABC News, North Carolina legislators meet to reconsider the "bathroom bill".
From WGN, the New York police have identified the suspect who stole a pot of gold.
From USA Today, the north pole gets a (relative) heat wave.
From PoliZette, the Census Bureau unveils the population clock.
From Philly(dot)com, Obama's oil pipeline rules might be changed under Trump.
From Legal Insurrection, The Washington Post blames Electoral College for global warming.
From The American First, Trump's campaign manager takes on the guy with the tingle up his leg.
From Reuters, residents of northern China travel to avoid smog. The Guardian also reports on this story.
From The Washington Post, the prime suspect in the Berlin truck attack had been the target of an earlier investigation.
From Newsgram, those who want Islamic law can go to Syria, Somalia or Nigeria, says a Canadian Muslim.
From Romania-Insider, Romania might soon get a female Muslim prime minister.
From Emirates Woman, it appears that one American celebrity has moved out of America - but not to Canada.
From The Whistler, the results of the recent election have not been accepted by the president - of Gambia.
From Time, the top 25 NCAA football teams, ranked by academics.
And from National Geographic, Ethiopian children learn about healthy living, from a hand puppet.