It's the biggest settlement of bribery charges in history; the Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht, along with the petrochemical firm Braskem, has agreed to pay $3.5bn to Swiss, Brazilian and US authorities. They have pleaded guilty to spending $788m on bribing officials and politicians to secure business contracts. We hear from Brad Brooks, Reuters' chief correspondent in Sao Paulo
The uncertainty following this month's presidential election in The Gambia has left an economic crisis brewing. The tourism industry is a mainstay of the Gambian economy - and reports suggest it's in serious trouble amid the upheavals. The BBC's Umaru Fofana, who is the only foreign journalist in the country, tells us more.
Japan's police are planning a New Year crack down on what are known as high-school girl businesses. They offer dates or other services with teenage girls wearing school uniforms or bathing suits, but are thought to be in many cases child prostitution rings. From Tokyo we h