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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)