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.
This image captured by NASA's Aqua satellite shows Typhoon Hagupit on Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2014 at 04:30 UTC in the western Pacific Ocean. The Philippines weather bureau is advising the public to brace for Typhoon Hagupit which continues to head towards the central Philippines and looking at the possibility it might hit the same areas as super Typhoon Haiyan which devastated Tacloban last year.