Travel might be broadening, but in this case, it changes the course of three people's lives. The three main characters in this month's fiction roundup were born 100 years apart and on three different continents, but they all end up in the same place – the United States. Two are brought against their will as children and one makes the journey as an adult, 24 years later than she had planned.
Firefighters use a foam gun to extinguish a fire during a joint training exercise between the Emergency Ministry and airport services at Yemelyanovo Airport in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia. The exercise was intended to simulate a fire resulting from a crash landing.
The moon is seen above New York before a full lunar eclipse on Dec. 20. The eclipse will be the first to coincide with the Winter Solstice since 1638.
Christian nuns hold candles for siege victims during a mass at Our Lady of Salvation church in Baghdad, Iraq, on Nov. 7. Iraqi Christians gathered for mass in the same church where, just a week earlier, a siege by militants left 58 dead and 75 wounded.
A two-week-old Malay fish owl waits to be fed at the Jurong Bird Park in Singapore on Thursday. This owl was born and bred in the park as part of its efforts in wildlife conservation.
Photojournalist Tom Carter spent two years capturing China’s people and their lives through his camera lenses.
Sgt. 1st Class Charles Godleski, of Ellington, holds his grandson Noah Godleski after he arrives at the Army aviation support facility in Windsor Locks, Conn., on Wednesday. About 110 soldiers of the 250th Engineer Co., Connecticut National Guard who were deployed to Iraq last winter have returned home.
Lourdes Shrine: Thousands of people, many disabled or ailing, were evacuated from the shrine at Lourdes, France after a bomb threat.
Salvador Dali exhibition explores artist Salvador Dali's late work, including several major pieces that haven't been seen in the US in half a century.
French rugby player Frederic Michalak practices tackling during a training session at the National Rugby Center in Marcoussis, France on Wednesday. France will face Ireland in their Six Nations Rugby International match next Saturday.