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Liberians choose a new president in a run-off vote between Vice-President Joseph Boakai and former international footballer George Weah. Liberia, which was founded by freed US slaves in the 19th Century, has not had a smooth transfer of power in 73 years. Also on the programme: BBC correspondents discuss the year's main news stories; and freedom of speech under threat in Bangladesh as atheist blogger is arrested. (Photo: Voters queue outside polling stations in Monrovia Credit: Reuters)
Opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, has been barred from standing against Vladimir Putin. Also on the programme: the Pope's Christmas message focuses on finding peace in the Holy Land, and this year's Newshour Christmas Quiz pits the best minds in international news against each other. (Photo: Alexei Navalny Credit: AFP)
The pontiff used his traditional Christmas Day message once again to call for a fresh attempt to negotiate peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Also on the programme: a look at how cuisine flavoured the literature of Charles Dickens; and this year's Newshour Christmas Quiz pits the best minds in international news against each other. (Photo: The Pope highlights the importance of a two state solution in the Middle East. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
Razia Iqbal and Tim Franks go head to head with James Menendez and Rebecca Kesby for 2017 news quiz glory. James Coomarasamy tests both teams' knowledge of the big (and not-so-big) stories of 2017. This extended edition of the quiz includes questions on Donald Trump, the sporting world and 'the year in songs'. Plus, the return of the 'Mystery Guest Round'. Photo: A calendar. Credit: Getty Images.
The Patriarch of Iraq's Chaldean Catholic church, Louis Raphael Sako, has celebrated Christmas mass in the Iraqi city of Mosul for the first time since the so-called Islamic State group were driven out of the city. He said he hoped Christians would feel able to return to the city. Also in the programme: Turkey issues a decree giving civilians who helped stop the 2016 attempted coup immunity from prosecution and a special Christmas dinner among Palestinians. Picture: Iraqi clergymen attend a Christmas mass at the Saint Paul's church in Mosul Credit: AHMAD MUWAFAQ/AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers are searching for victims of a tropical storm in the southern Philippines which has killed some 200 people in mudslides and flash floods. We speak to chairman of the Philippines Red Cross. Also on the programme: The Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny has told supporters who gathered to endorse his presidential bid that he is a viable alternative to Vladimir Putin; we go to Austria and hear from the first country in Western Europe to have a far-right party in power; and we discuss what it's like to be a Muslim woman in Donald Trump's America. (Photo: Residents evacuate to a safer place in Kabacan, North Cotabato, on the southern island of Mindanao. Credit: AFP)
The US has agreed to supply defensive weapons to the Ukrainian government. The Ukrainian president, Petro Poroshenko, says the weapons will only be used for defensive purposes. Also in the programme: remembering Bruce McCandless, the first man to fly untethered in space; and the Syrian president is reportedly considering an appeal to urgently evacuate seven children with cancer from a rebel-held suburb of Damascus. Picture:A tank of the Ukrainian forces near the village of Crymske in the Lugansk region in 2015. Credit: Getty Images.
British advisers for an international medical charity in Syria say that President Assad is considering their appeal for an urgent evacuation of seven children with cancer trapped in a besieged area. We hear from one of the organisers, Hamish de Bretton-Gordon. Also on the programme: BBC radio comedy quiz show 'Just A Minute' marks 50th anniversary; Egyptian singer, Sherine Abdel Wahab, facing trial for 'inciting debauchery' in music video; and Yemen cholera cases reach one million. (Photo: Syrian baby Karim Abdallah who lost his left eye and his his mother being held by his brother in the rebel-held town of Beit Sawa, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. Credit: Getty Images)
Deaths from drugs overdoses have been blamed for a second consecutive year of falling life expectancy in the United States. It's the first time in half a century that life expectancy in America has declined for two years in a row. Also in the programme: the value of the cryptocurrency Bitcoin plunges; and the United Nations votes unanimously for fresh sanctions against North Korea. Picture: Pills of the narcotic pain killer Oxycodone. Credit: Getty Images
The ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has urged the Spanish prime minister to meet him for unconditional talks, after pro-independence parties regained their majority in regional elections. In response Mariano Rajoy declined the invitation to meet outside Spain, but says he is open to dialogue. Also in the programme: a new migrant crisis is unfolding in Greece, where authorities are struggling to cope with thousands of migrants currently being held on islands close to Turkey; and a series of Indian ashrams are raided following allegations of sexual abuse. Image: Axed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont, flanked by former Catalan Health minister Antoni Comin and former Catalan Minister of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Food Meritxell Serret, reacts after the results of the regional elections in Catalonia. Credit: John Thys/AFP/Getty Images
Counting the votes in crucial Catalonian parliamentary elections with the future status of the region at stake. Also in the programme: UN members reject the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital; and Yemen - where 80% of the population are in desperate need of food and clean water. (Image: a voter wearing a traditional Catalan hat known as 'Barretina' kisses his ballot before casting it on 21st December 2017 in Barcelona. Credit: David Ramos/Getty Images)
Also on the programme: warning shots are fired as a North Korean soldier makes it across the border; and Australia's first submarine is found after more than a hundred years. (Photo: A queue of voters in Barcelona Credit: AFP)
The European Union has launched unprecedented disciplinary measures against Poland, saying its judicial reforms threaten the rule of law by interfering with the judiciary. In defiance of the move, President Andrzej Duda signed into law two bills reforming the Supreme Court and the National Council of the Judiciary. Also on the programme: The US Congress adopts sweeping tax cuts, and the scientists trying to find drugs that will help us live longer. Picture: Protesters wave Poland and EU flags. Credit: Janek Skarzynski/AFP/Getty Images.
The Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe says the violence has reached its worst level since February. Also in the programme: we examine non disclosure agreements in cases of alleged sexual offences and the German mayor stabbed in the neck. Picture: The remains of a rocket shell are seen after recent shelling in the government-held village of Novoluhanske. Credit: Reuters.
House Republicans approved the most sweeping rewrite of the US tax system in a generation, sending the measure to the Senate. Also on the programme: China unveils an ambitious plan to curb climate change emissions, and German sausage makers in court to fight back against a fine for years of alleged price fixing. Image: US President Donald Trump shows samples of the proposed new tax form. Credit: Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images.
Trump's national security adviser says Russia is trying to undermine free societies. General H R McMaster told the BBC that Moscow used propaganda and disinformation against democracies and the US had to counter what he called such destabilising behaviour. Also in the programme: the damage done by rubber bullets, and 115 new species discovered in the Greater Mekong. (Image: White House National Security Advisor HR McMaster Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
Washington's new policy envisages a return to a world of superpower rivalry, with China and Russia depicted as the primary threats to US economic dominance. The "four pillars" in President Trump's speech encompass protecting the homeland, promoting American prosperity, demonstrating peace through strength and advancing American influence. Also in the programme; South Africa's ruling ANC party finally elects its new president and; a US passenger train derails with carriages crashing on to the motorway below causing "numerous fatalities". Image: US President Donald Trump speaks about his administration's National Security Strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC, December 18, 2017. Credit: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images
The United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, has told the BBC that the systematic nature of the persecution of the Rohingya ethnic group in Myanmar means genocide cannot be ruled out. Also in the programme: South Africa's ruling ANC party leadership vote and the world's smallest Christmas card. (Photo: Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. Credit: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)
President Putin calls President Trump to express gratitude for US help in foiling a terror attack in St Petersburg Also on the programme: US Special Council Robert Mueller comes under criticism that he illegally obtained emails from President Trump's transition team; and exit polls project that the former president and conservative billionaire Sebastian Pinera looks poised for victory in Chile's presidential election (Photo: The alleged plot targeted St Petersburg's Kazan Cathedral Credit: Getty Creative Stock)
At least eight people have been killed and dozens injured in an attack on a church in the Pakistani city of Quetta. Also in the programme: What North Korea's soap operas tell us about the reclusive state; and the man credited with President Obama's Cuba policy tells us the US risks losing out on economic relations with the island under President Trump. (Image: Pakistani security personnel rescue an injured woman after suicide bombers attacked a Methodist Church in Quetta. Credit: AFP/Getty Images/Banaras Khan)