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1. Ukraine war: Kyiv and Moscow blame each other as Putin's truce falters
- A unilateral ceasefire called by Russia appears to have had little effect on fighting on the ground, with officials accusing each other of opening fire on several areas.
- A Ukrainian rescue worker was killed in a Russian strike, while Russian state TV said the city of Donetsk was hit.
- Russia's defence ministry insisted it was observing the truce along the entire "line of contact". It blamed Kyiv for continuing to shell Russian positions and settlements in occupied Ukraine.

2. Iran protests: Death row reporter Mehdi Beik arrested
- An Iranian journalist who interviewed families of protesters who had been sentenced to death has been arrested.
- The reasons for his arrest are not known, but it comes amid an ongoing crackdown on anti-government protests.
- Iran has been rocked by months of protests since the death of an Iranian Kurdish woman in police custody.

3. Afghanistan: Woman protests Taliban's education ban with single word of God
- Angered at the prospect of seeing her future disappear, the woman (whose name was changed for her safety) staged an extraordinary solo protest in front of Kabul university, invoking words from the Quran.
- On Sunday 32 December, Adela stood in front of the entrance holding up a board with a particularly powerful word written on it in Arabic - iqra, or 'read'.
- Muslims believe this was the first word revealed to the Prophet Muhammad by God.

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