Japan has announced it is leaving the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to resume hunting the animals for commercial use but said it will no longer go to the Antarctic.
Off-screen, the year in film was dominated by discussions around Me Too and Time’s Up. But on screen, there were a number of cinematic offerings that stood out.
The entertainment world lost many famous faces in 2018, including singer Aretha Franklin, TV presenter Dale Winton and Hollywood actor Burt Reynolds.
Cameron Bancroft has revealed David Warner was the one to suggest he should tamper with the ball during Australia’s notorious Test match in South Africa that saw him handed a nine-month ban.
Pictures of the royal family at Sandringham on Christmas Day make the fronts of many Wednesday papers, while a variety of tales take the headlines.
Labour is promising to strengthen the legislation banning hunting with hounds with possible prison sentences for offenders who break the law.
Labour has accused the Tories of hypocrisy for complaining about a lack of Boxing Day trains while in opposition, but allowing a “rail standstill” now they are in government.
Charity worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe turned 40 in prison in Iran as Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said he hoped it would be the last birthday she has to spend in custody.
Donald Trump has said parts of the US federal government will remain closed until Democrats agree to put up more walls along the US-Mexico border to deter criminals.
A pedestrian has died after being hit by a police car in Liverpool on Christmas night.