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In an unannounced visit to Syria, President Vladimir Putin has ordered the withdrawal of a "significant proportion" of Russian forces there. Mr Putin made a similar withdrawal announcement last year, but Russian military operations continued. Will it materialise this time?
Also in the programme; Tanzania's president has pardoned two child rapists and; Alabama voters prepare to pass judgement on a Senate candidate accused of sexually abusing teenage girls.
Image: Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Syrian counterpart Bashar al-Assad attend a meeting with Russian military officers during their visit to the Russian air base in Hmeimim in the northwestern Syrian province of Latakia on December 11, 2017. Credit: Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images.
The European Union foreign policy chief has told Israel she does not support President Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the country's capital. Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said during his visit to Brussels that he expects European countries to follow the US in recognising Jerusalem as his country's capital.
Also in the programme; China has been building what it calls "the world's biggest camera surveillance network" incorporating facial recognition technology and; a female Saudi director discusses the decision to lift the ban on public cinemas in the ultra-conservative kingdom.
Image: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is welcomed by Federica Mogherini, the EU High representative for foreign policy, prior to the meeting with EU foreign ministers in Brussels. Credit: EPA/Eric Vidal
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Europe trip was long planned, but comes after both French President Emmanuel Macron and EU
diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini criticised President Trump's decision to unilaterally recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital. There have also been ongoing tensions between Mr Netanyahu and EU officials over Israeli settlement building in the West Bank.
Also in the programme; A vivid account of a young woman who survived a gun attack that killed sixteen people in Kabul's American University in August 2016 and; The photographer who goes further than most in her pursuit of the perfect image by actually lowering herself into volcanoes.
Picture: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and French President Emmanuel Macron look at each other during a joint news conference following their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris on December 10, 2017. Credit: Philippe Wojazer/AFP/Getty Images
UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has had a "worthwhile visit" to Iran and met President Hassan Rouhani on a second day of talks in the country. A Foreign Office spokesman said both "spoke forthrightly" on several issues, including the case of jailed British-Iranian woman, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
Also in the programme; protests continue across the Muslim world against President Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and we hear the sound of the ocean.
Picture: Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif shakes hands with his British counterpart Boris Johnson. Credit: Getty Images
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi told a conference in Baghdad that Iraqi troops were now in complete control of the Iraqi-Syrian border and the country had survived "united and victorious".
Also in the programme; British foreign minister Boris Johnson in Tehran to discuss the fate of a British Iranian woman being held in prison there and; tens of thousands of people line the Champs Elysees in Paris to bid adieu to the rock and roll legend Jonny Hallyday.
Photo: Members of the Popular Mobilisation units watch the televised statement of Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in the southern city of Basra on December9, 2017. Credit: Haidar Mohammed Ali/AFP/Getty Images)
Israel launches airstrikes on Gaza, saying it was targeting Hamas weapons factories and arms dumps.
Also in the programme: tens of thousands of people pay tribute to the singer Johnny Hallyday at his funeral in Paris; and Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson holds talks in Iran, including on the fate of the detained British-Iranian woman Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.
Picture: A Palestinian woman inspects a damaged building after Israeli air strikes hit Beit Lahia in Gaza. Credit: Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images