2008 witnessed the election of a new US president, a global banking crisis, and British success at the Olympics. Here - with help from Radio 4's News Review of the Year- take a look back at those events, and see what else made headlines in 2008.
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Radio 4's News Review of the Year will be broadcast at 1310 GMT on Saturday 27 December and 2210 GMT on Sunday 28 December. It will then be available for seven days on the BBC iPlayer.
Featured Music: Growing composed by Paul Pritchard. Slideshow production: Paul Kerley and Mark Savage. Publication date 26 December 2008.
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