Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has defended his country's armed forces after they admitted shooting down a Ukrainian passenger plane by mistake. He said the Revolutionary Guards could take the fight beyond Iran's borders.
Also in the programme: A former senior Cuban judge spills the beans on the country's judiciary; and six African leaders sign a binding agreement to introduce criminal legislation to tackle the trafficking of falsified medicines.
(Photo: A hand out picture provided by the office of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on 17 January 2020 shows him delivering a sermon to the crowd during Friday prayers in the capital Tehran. - The last time Khamenei led Friday prayers at Tehran's Mosalla mosque was in February 2012, on the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic revolution and at a time of crisis over the Iran nuclear issue. Credit: HO / KHAMENEI.IR / AFP)
Trump impeachment trial begins
Democrats in the US have formally read out the charges against President Trump in the US Senate, ahead of his impeachment trial.
Also in the programme: Sir David Attenborough warns of climate crisis moment; and Lesotho prime minister to resign over alleged link to wife's murder.
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Trump 'knew exactly what was going on', Giuliani aide claims
An aide to Donald Trump's lawyer claims the president "knew exactly what was going on" with efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating former Vice-President Joe Biden and his son.
Also in the programme: Germany's parliament has rejected a health ministry proposal for a new organ donation system; and the Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam said the city's semi-autonomy could last beyond 2047.
Picture: Ukrainian-American businessman Lev Parnas, an associate of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, arrives for a bail hearing at the Manhattan Federal Court in New York, U.S., December 17, 2019. Credit: REUTERS.
The Russian government resigns
Vladimir Putin proposes reforms that could extend his power. What will the changes mean? Also in the programme: NASA says the past decade was the warmest on record; and why China cares what you think - more than you think.
Credit: Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during his annual speech to the Federal Assembly on January 15, 2020 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
US-China pact aims to de-escalate Trump's trade war
In a deal to be signed Wednesday, China will commit to buying $200 billion in American goods. So what’s in it for China?
Also in the programme: Russian government resigns after president Vladimir Putin announces constitutional changes; and British newspaper, the Daily Mail, says it could call on Duchess of Sussex's father to give evidence against her in court.
(Picture: Asian stocks lost ground Wednesday after the US Treasury Secretary said US tariffs on Chinese goods would remain in place for now. Credit: Getty Images)