British newspapers: Hopefully none will go under or even follow the Indy into online readership only. The Telegraph may be sold however as the Barclay brothers could follow the partial lead set by Ruport Murdoch (The Times is still owned by Murdoch) and seek to divest themselves of the business of publishing.
ISIS: Their thuggery will continue especially hitting women and the vulnerable.
Roman Catholicism: The steps being taken by Pope Francis to liberalise the Church will continue from Rome. However as an ongoing English employment dispute by a married CoE vicar who is separating from his wife, illustrates, the main if not only, reason for the Catholic Church not encouraging priests to be married is the cost of maintaining their families following the sadness of marriage break up.
Stock markets: After the records set in the LSE and other stock exchanges during 2017, I doubt that in the UK at least, 2018 will be another record year for shares. However Bitcoin companies may in 2018 prove to be more than the puff of hot air that many in 2017 have described them to be.
The EU: Will continue to fail to have a coherent, humane policy for responding to and dealing with migration across the Mediterranean Sea beyond paying Turkey huge sums to deal with most of the problem. There will be a Euro crisis and arguments will run and run as to the ability of individual nations to conduct their own affairs free from political interference by or through the EU's unrepresentative and non-elected president.
President Trump will create a crisis for the US$ through his over enthusiastic tax reforms. However he will not create a dsastrous crisis as regards North Korea.
China will retrench its economic growth.
Russia will hold a successful football World Cup and will begin to reform its athletes' currently dreadful attitudes towards artificially improving performance by drug taking.
Brexit talks will be successful contrary to the predictions of many in 2017.
Happy New Year to all who chance upon this blog.