Today, areas north of the equator marked the winter solstice, when their hemisphere is titled farthest away from the sun.
Participants of the 78th edition of the annual Christmas swimming “Coupe de Noel” celebrate before jumping into the Lake Geneva, in Geneva, Switzerland, Sunday, Dec. 18, 2016. More than 1,800 men and women swam the 120 meters at the traditional Christmas swimming in Geneva, where the water temperature was at 44 degrees Fahrenheit.
Hundreds of grey seals use a beach on the North Sea island of Heligoland, Germany to give birth to their pups, usually between the months of November and January. The pups, after three weeks of nursing, are then left to fend for themselves. This year has seen a record number of new pups, with 320 births recorded up to December 14.
As the mating season starts after female Grey Seals give birth, males usually compete by shows of strength against other males. Hundreds of Grey Seals use the island to give birth to their pups, usually between the months of November and January. The pups, after 3 weeks of nursing, are then left to fend for themselves. This year has seen a record number of new pups, with 320 births recorded up to December 14.
Venezuelans are rushing to spend their 100-bolivar notes after a surprise announcement that they will be taken out of circulation this week, AP reports. President Nicolas Maduro said on Sunday that his government would be pulling the bills to stop the “mafias” who smuggle contraband on the Colombian border.
At least 25 people are dead after a bomb went off at a Coptic church in central Cairo, according to Egyptian state TV and Associated Press Reports, in one of the deadliest attacks carried out against the minority Christians in recent memory.
Locals light candles at the “Jardines de la Aurora” cemetery in Cali, department of Valle del Cauca, Colombia, on December 7, 2016, during the celebration of the Day of the Candles — one of the most important religious holidays in Colombia which marks the beginning of the Christmas holidays.