Ukrainian government and Russian-backed rebels complete historic prisoner swap, Bosnian court sentences Croat woman to fourteen years in prison for war crimes, Japan lashes out after South Korea seeks to repudiate compensation deal for wartime Korean sex slaves
Can Liberia achieve its first democratic transition of power in more than seventy years? Also, the former president of Peru, Alberto Fujimori, asks for forgiveness after a divisive pardon; and BBC foreign correspondents look back at 2017.
The west African state is holding a delayed runoff election between the Vice President, Joseph Boakai, and the former international footballer, George Weah. Also, police in Bangladesh have arrested an atheist blogger on charges of insulting Islam and the first town in the United States which will become fully solar-powered.
A look back on the year's uplifting and more light-hearted moments -- including one man's equation for happiness, cycling the world in 79 days, naked skydiving (with a violin), the US solar eclipse and that Royal engagement.
Alexei Navalny will challenge Vladimir Putin in March's presidential election. Mr Navalny is widely regarded as the only candidate with a chance of challenging the president, who is seeking a fourth term that would see him become the longest-serving Russian leader since Joseph Stalin. Also, Christians in Mosul celebrate Christmas for the first time in four years after the Islamic State were defeated and driven out of the city, and a report on a unique New Year's celebration in Japan.