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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