Today's edition of quick hits:
: "A suicide bomber somehow managed to get inside the main U.S. military base in Afghanistan on Saturday and kill four Americans. Two U.S. service members and two civilian contractors were killed while 17 were wounded, of which 16 were Americans and one was a Polish service member."
* An under-reported
story: "President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed in a telephone conversation Monday that relations between their countries were 'unsatisfactory' and vowed to work together to improve them, the Kremlin said in a statement."
* New Zealand's
prime minister "said two people have been killed after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Sunday just north of Christchurch -- the city devastated by a deadly 2011 temblor. Prime Minister John Key warned that the death toll could rise as rescue workers search isolated parts of the country."
* A different kind
of earthquake: "Earthquakes are rippling through Oklahoma with an intensity so persistent they are almost considered normal. Already 46 quakes large and small, have struck the region since the start of the month. But now the swarms are becoming harder to ignore.... Even more crushing: scientists believe the causes are largely man-made."
* His final foreign trip
as POTUS: "When President Obama arrives Tuesday in Europe, he will touch down in a country at the center the continent's refugee crisis -- Greece -- before journeying to one that has helped guide the continent's response -- Germany."
* Some good news
before things get worse: "A world greatly concerned about how the election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president could stall global climate policy received a major dose of welcome news Sunday, when scientists published a projection suggesting that for the third straight year, global carbon dioxide emissions did not increase much in 2016."
* On a related note
: "Donald Trump isn't wasting any time and is already analyzing numerous options to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit climate change, a source on the president-elect's transition team tells Reuters." read more