The last 12 months have seen heartening tales of community action interspersed with trauma, tragedy and political intrigue. Harry Taylor and Sam Volpe take a look back at the biggest stories we've brought you in 2018 - and a couple of the weirdest, too.
With Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe expecting to spend her third Christmas in Evin prison, the foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt used a visit to Iran to slam the middle-eastern nation's imprisonment of UK dual nationals including the West Hampstead mum.
After months of broken promises from the Iranian government and 873 days in jail, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe has been temporarily released from Iran's Evin prison and reunited with her four year old daughter Gabriella.
On July 21, the Judge responsible for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe's imprisonment confirmed that she would not be given parole, or shown clemency on humanitarian grounds. Alone, this announcement was nothing new.