Three major terror attacks hit the Middle East and Africa this weekend
. In Istanbul, two blasts outside of a soccer arena killed 44 on Saturday night. In Cairo, an explosion ripped through a church on Sunday morning, killing 25. Also on Sunday, a car bomb at a port in Mogadishu, Somalia killed 20. From what we know, the attacks all had different motives and perpetrators.
3. Climate change
Scientists have noted a dangerous, unprecedented spike in methane gas
over the last few years. Methane is a so-called "greenhouse gas" whose levels contribute to the warming of the earth's surface. One researcher called the situation "dire." Meanwhile, Trump says "nobody really knows
" if climate change is real.
ISIS has reportedly regained control of the ancient city of Palmyra
in Syria. Russian and Syrian regime efforts could not keep the extremist group from re-taking the city it had previously controlled in 2015. Remember, Syrian troops are also busy with ground operations in war-ravaged Aleppo.
5. CNN Heroes
On Sunday night, CNN honored 10 outstanding people
who are making the world a better place. The Hero of the Year was Jeison Aristizábal, who lives with cerebral palsy and helps children with disabilities in his native Colombia
. "God chose me to help," he said of his work.
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Venezuela has confiscated about 4 million toys
World's heaviest woman may get life-saving surgery
Baby, it's cold outside
The Cherokee Nation has okayed same-sex marriage
Whoa, look at this gorgeous stained glass
It's made of 60,000 glass pieces and shows the evolution of knowledge
And finally ...
Holiday dance party!
It's Monday. There's all kinds of bad news in the world. Get some positivity flowing with this amazing dance routine. (Shoutout to reader Ammon Orgill, whose family puts this together every year!) (Click to view