With approval ratings topping 80 percent, an upbeat Putin also pledged to create a "modern" Russia if re-elected as president in March.
The estimate of the number of deaths announced by Doctors Without Borders compares to Myanmar's government figure of 400 in September.
PBS announced it was suspending "Tavis Smiley" after an investigation that turned up "multiple, credible allegations." Smiley vehemently denied any wrongdoing.
The number of people sentenced to death or executed in 2017 was near historically low levels, according to the annual report of a group that tracks the death penalty.
Not a single political topic made the list of the top 10 Google searches around the world in 2017 — not even the golden-haired elephant in the room.