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China’s government is enacting a plastic waste import ban, in an attempt to cut down on millions of tons of plastic and other recyclables they receive every year. The move will significantly affect how the world recycles and disposes of waste. Also in the programme: North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has said a nuclear launch button is "always on my table", and the musical mistake kept secret for half a century. Image: a Chinese labourer sorting out plastic bottles for recycling. Fred Dufour//AFP/Getty Images.
The Iranian government has restricted the use of Telegram and Instagram, which have been used to organise protests. The "temporary" restrictions were imposed to "maintain tranquillity", according to state media. The country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, says Iranians have a right to protest, but not to cause disorder. Also in the programme: Anti-Kabila protests in the DRC over President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step down; and a look-ahead to Brexit negotiations in 2018. Picture: Iranian students at the University of Tehran during a demonstration on December 30, 2017. Credit: Getty Images
Protesters in Iran will face the nation's "iron fist" if political demonstrations calling for the removal of the country's supreme leader do not end, a Revolutionary Guards commander has said. How much influence does the alternative security force have in Iran? Also in the programme: the Indian priest who was held hostage by Islamist militants in Yemen for 18 months; and what will 2018 bring for Brexit negotiations? (Image: Iranian students clash with riot police during an anti-government protest around the University of Tehran on 30 December 2017. Credit: EPA/STR)
There are reports of growing violence across Iran as anti-government protests continue for a third day. Videos posted on social media have shown at least two demonstrators being shot in the western town of Dorud. Also in the programme: Greek government to appeal against granting of asylum to man accused by Turkey of involvement in failed coup; and Nepal bans solo climbers and demands medical certificates from disabled mountaineers. (Image: An Iranian woman raises her fist amid the smoke of tear gas at the University of Tehran during an anti-government protest. Credit: AFP)
Thousands of government supporters have rallied in Tehran as the Iranian authorities urge people not to join any further anti-government protests. But reports suggest some are taking to the streets for a third day. Also in the programme: The stepson of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf talks about the legacy of Africa's first female president; and Ringo Starr has been knighted at the age of 77. (Image: Iranians chant slogans as they march in support of the government near the Imam Khomeini grand mosque in the capital Tehran. Credit: Hamed Malekpour/AFP/Getty Images)
Small protests have continued in Iran for a second day and have spread across the country. Also in the programme: South Africa's parliament is told it should put in place a mechanism for removing President Zuma from office; and in a world-first, scientists save dog's leg with a lab-grown bone. The team now plans to try it on humans. Picture: Picture shows protesters in a street in the Iranian city of Rasht. Credit: BBC.
Egyptian police have shot dead a gunman who attacked a church and a Coptic-owned shop south of Cairo; at least ten people are reported to have been killed. Also in the programme: An eyewitness account of the fire that killed 15 people in Mumbai; and will China's ban on importing plastics leave much of the world without anywhere to recycle? (Image: Security forces stand guard at the site of an attack on a church in Cairo. Credit: REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan has condemned a suicide bomb attack on a Shia cultural centre in Kabul as a crime against humanity. Islamic state group claim the attack. Also in the programme: George Weah, former world footballer of the year, is declared the winner of Liberia's presidential election and the story of Dhondup Wangchen, a dissident Tibetian filmmaker, who has reportedly fled China for the United States. (Image: A man runs away as dust blows in the aftermath of bomb blast at a Shia cultural centre in Kabul, Afghanistan on 28th December 2017. Credit: Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)
Does Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital signal the end of the two-state solution? We'll talk to one of Israel's most high-profile right-wing politicians -- Naftali Bennett. Also on the programme: India's laughing clubs and the year's best photos. (Photo: A Palestinian youth flashes the V-sign for "victory" during Friday prayers in front of the Dome of the Rock mosque at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City. Credit: Getty Images)
The former US president, Barack Obama, has given a rare interview to Prince Harry. Mr Obama said the irresponsible use of social media was spreading misinformation and corroding civil discourse. Also in the programme: The two sides in the conflict in eastern Ukraine have completed the biggest prisoner swap since the war began; and 29 critically-ill people have been evacuated from the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Eastern Ghouta. Picture: Prince Harry interviews the former US president,Barack Obama. Credit: The Obama Foundation/BBC/Handout via REUTERS
In his first interview since leaving office, former US President Barack Obama tells Prince Harry what it's been like living without the pressures of the White House. Also in the programme: The emergency evacuation of sick children from a rebel-held suburb of Damascus and the first woman referee in Germany's Bundesliga, Bibiana Steinhaus. (Photo: Barack Obama and Prince Harry at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, Canada. Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire)
Alberto Fujimori asked Peruvians to forgive him, two days after the current head of state pardoned him over corruption and human rights abuses. Gustavo Gorriti was imprisoned during Mr. Fujimori's time in power. Also in the programme: Polls close in Liberia’s presidential election; and a double chess world champion boycotts the latest world championships – because it’s being held in Saudi Arabia. Picture: Alberto Fujimori (R) with his son Kenji Fujimori. Credit: Kenji Fujimori
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)