Young explorer Alex and his dog Bella ride in Santa's sleigh as they return to earth in a Macy's department store holiday window in New York. In a series of six displays, an endearing story unfolds of a boy whose magical telescope takes him on a Christmas journey of the planets with none other than Santa Claus.
A publishing house building is seen in flames in the center of Grozny, Russia. A gun battle broke out after midnight Thursday in the capital of Russia’s North Caucasus republic of Chechnya, puncturing the patina of stability ensured by years of heavy-handed rule by a Kremlin-appointed leader. Security officials and the leader of Chechnya said gunmen traveling in several cars killed at least three traffic police officers at a checkpoint late at night in the capital of the republic, Grozny.