United States Marine Cpl. Benjamin Zellmann from Virginia holds a puppy taken in by the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion during a briefing before a mission in Khan Neshin, Helmand province, Afghanistan, on Friday. Kevin Frayer/AP
Two tourists wearing panda hats look at a map in Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, on Thursday. AP
Players from Argentina's Estudiantes de La Plata warm up during a training session of the FIFA World Cup in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on Friday. Kamran Jebreili/AP
A Palestinian member of Hamas is seen at a demonstration in the Nusseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on Friday. Hatem Moussa/AP
Lightning strikes the Hillbrow Telkom Tower in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Friday. Themba Hadebe/AP
Bode Miller of the United States clears a gate during the slalom leg of an alpine ski Men's World Cup Super combined race in Val d'Isere, France, on Friday. Miller finished in fifth place. Alessandro Trovati/AP
South Korea's players toss coach Choi Bu-yung into the air after defeating Taiwan in the Men's Basketball Final at the East Asian Games in Hong Kong on Friday. Toru Hanai/AP
A Palestinian worker picks strawberries in Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip, on Friday. Hatem Moussa/AP
After nearly 3,000 shows, ABC newswoman Diane Sawyer, (l.) anchor on 'Good Morning America,' says farewell to the program in New York City on Friday. Husband and director Mike Nichols (r.) visited the set, as well. Sawyer will take over the 'World News' anchor chair on Dec. 21, succeeding Charles Gibson, who will retire on Dec. 18. Ida Mae Astute/ABC/Reuters
A worker feeds baby endangered green turtles at a conservation center in Serangan, Bali, on Friday. Crack Palinggi/Reuters
Smoke rises out of chimneys in downtown Bern, Switzerland, early Friday morning. Ruben Sprich/Reuters
Capybaras sit in a hot tub at the Saitama Children's Zoo in Higashimatsuyama, Japan, on Friday. The zoo offers the 'hot spa' to its family of Capybara, the largest living rodent in the world, in the winter season to entertain zoo visitors. Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters
The governor of St. Petersburg announced last month that the city would return the iconic cathedral – which has served as a museum since the Soviet years – to the Russian Orthodox Church. Locals are not happy with the decision.
It cost twice the price of Alaska, took more than 40 years to build during the 19th century, and is the fourth largest church in the world. The immense, golden-domed St. Isaac's Cathedral dominates the skyline of historic St. Petersburg, occupies a special place in the hearts of its citizens, and is a main tourist attraction. It's been a state museum for 80-plus years, is a UNESCO heritage site, and receives 4 million paying visitors per year.