1. Smirking selfie video of Islamic State killer who attacked Istanbul nightclub, killing over 30 people.
The Mirror has more here.
2. France enjoys over 650 car-B-ques on New Year's Eve — a 20 per cent reduction if the estimate is accurate, which it likely is not.
Police arrested 454 people over the night, 301 of whom were taken into custody.
Meanwhile, in something of a tradition for the French, vandals torched a whopping 650 parked cars.
While the figure is worse than the 602 the year before, the ministry was quick to point out that there has been a 20 percent drop over the last five years.
Meanwhile, Le Monde newspaper accused the ministry of deflating the figures, reporting that 945 cars were actually on fire during the night - an increase on the 804 that it reported were torched the year before.
Twitter video of burning car here.
BERLIN (Reuters) - A Syrian migrant who arrived in Germany two years ago has been arrested on suspicion of seeking funds from Islamic State to drive truck bombs into a crowd, a German state prosecutor's office said on Monday. [...]
Prosecutor Christoph Rebmann said the man, whom he did not name, was suspected of seeking the money from Islamic State in Syria to buy trucks and load 400-500 kg (880-1,100 pounds) of explosives into each of them.
"He is suspected of ... requesting 180,000 euros from a contact person in Syria on his cell phone from Saarbruecken in December, 2016 so that he could acquire vehicles to pack with explosives and drive them into a crowd," Rebmann said in a statement.
4. New Years Eve in the Muslim area of Malmo in Stockholm, Sweden.
It would appear that the new Swedes are trying to make themselves feel more at home this New Years Eve. This makes one wonder why so many groups and areas have insisted on cancelling local customs and festivals, where loud sounds were claimed to trigger PTSD in the migrants.
5. Danish politician says migrant boats should be fired upon.
A Danish politician has been criticised for saying boats carrying refugees migrants should be "fired at" to prevent them from reaching Europe.
Kenneth Kristensen Berth, a lawmaker for the anti-immigration Danish People's Party (DPP), which is allied to the country's government, was speaking during a debate in Copenhagen.
He was later forced to clarify the comments on Facebook, where he said he did not advocate "shooting at migrants", but had meant "warning shots" could be fired against ships carrying them.
Now onto the lighter side of German news:
One, a commercial from a German moving company which references the recent US election, and a second clip with a German comic mocking the sometimes idiotic parlance of Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Merkel's reasoning seems very similar to that of the Canadian Prime Minister, who often justifies major policy decisions because it is the current calendar year.