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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:The DMZ is one of the world's most heavily guarded strips of land Credit: AFP/Getty Images)
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.