IBTimes UK rounds up the year's best animal photos, from baby elephants and polar bear cubs to cheeky squirrels and pampered pet dogs.
The glittery event showing Santa riding his sleigh to distribute gifts to children will be broadcast live on winter wonderland Rovaniemi's official Facebook page.
President Raul Castro announced he plans to stay in office till April 2018 after Irma delayed the party's election process.
IBTimes UK asked 12 Getty Images photojournalists to choose their most memorable photo of the year and tell us the story behind the picture.
Local media reported that "narcomantas", or signs linked with drug gangs, were recovered from the crime scenes.
Roberto Esquivel Cabrera, 54, from Saltillo, Mexico, has a 18.9 inch penis but has refused to get a reduction as he may embark on a career in the porn industry.
Canadian TV present shoots mountain lion and mocks animal rights activists on social media before uploading images of lion's organs.
Felix-Felix is accused of managing shipments of tonnes of cocaine and laundering millions of dollars for the Sinaloa cartel.
The daughter of an elderly couple wrote that she was suddenly told her elderly parents would be put into separate care homes - she wanted them to stay together for Christmas.
The toddler, from the Mbya Guarani people, who live across Brazil and Argentina, was reported to be begging for money along with other children in the city of Posados.
Local reports have said that the popular social media figure El Pirata de Culiacan was gunned down in a bar on Monday night.
The baby boy is recovering in the neonatal intensive care unit of a hospital in Rio de Janeiro.
Dellen Millard and Mark Smich were sentenced to life in prison and already serving jail time for the murder of Ontario native Tim Bosma, whose body was also incinerated.
Parents and teachers unions expressed concerns over sweeping changes to sex education in Canadian province.
The Organisation of American States said Honduras should re-run the election, citing "deliberate human intrusions into the computer system, intentional elimination of digital traces" and opened ballot boxes.