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As Iran's leaders try to contain violent anti-government protests, the United States has openly supported them via their UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, who says the US will call an emergency session of the UN Security Council to discuss the demonstrations.
Also in the programme: A tour of Russia's World Cup cities, and the eviction of African migrants from Israel.
(Photo: UN Ambassador Nikki Haley addresses press on protests in Iran. Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, has accused enemies of the country of causing the unrest of the past week, in which more than twenty people have been killed.
Also in the programme: South Korea propose holding high-level talks with North Korea, and a popular Youtube vlogger has been deluged with criticism after posting a controversial video.
Image: Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Credit: AFP/Getty Images.
A protester shot and killed a policeman during demonstrations in Iran, according to police. Anti-government protests in Iran have continued for a fifth day.
Also in the programme: Kim Jong-un's New Year's message and China's plastics ban
(Picture: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Credit: EPA)
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)