SANTAS TAKE OVER MADRID FOR CHARITY RACE: MADRID: More than 20,000 people dressed as Santa Claus raced through the centre of Madrid on Saturday morning to raise money for sufferers of the disease multiple sclerosis. Each person paid 15 euros ($15.67) to join the race along the Spanish capital’s main Paseo de la Castellana avenue, running either 6 or 10 kilometres wearing the unusual running gear of a white billowy beard, Santa hat and red robe. Children dressed as green elves joined parents in the race and some people even brought along their dogs, dressed in their own Santa garb. — Reuters