As we end the year, action is building up in neighbouring Malaysia, where crucial general elections are due by August.
The date for the elections has not been firmed up as yet but some insights may emerge at the general assembly of Umno, Malaysia's largest political party, this week.
Our bureaus will also bring for you ongoing updates on Bali's Mount Agung, whose eruptions have disrupted travel in recent weeks and on Marawi in southern Philippines, as it recovers from the capture of the city by ISIS and the terror group's subsequent defeat by the military.
We'll also bring you a roundup of 2017 and an overview of what to expect in 2018.
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