Thousands of French protesters, who were calling for President Emmanuel Macron’s resignation, were met with tear gas and water cannons Saturday, Nov. 24. The movement was organized on the internet, not backed by a party or union, and was protesting the rise in fuel taxes at the capital. Macron has barely addressed the issue and many French mayors were concerned about the protesters’ anger not being heard while France continues to be one of the most highly taxed countries in Europe.
Original story by Adam Nossiter. Nov. 24, 2018. The New York Times.
At least 27 soldiers were killed and dozens were wounded in a bombing inside an army base in Afghanistan during Friday prayers on Nov. 23. The mosque that was attacked was inside the headquarters of the Afghan Army’s 1st Brigade, 203rd Corps and there was no immediate claim of responsibility. This bombing came just days after a suicide bombing that targeted a religious ceremony in the capital that killed at least 55 people. Officials said that this year the daily death toll is between 30 and 40.
Original story by Farooq Jan Mangal and Mujib Mashal. Nov. 23, 2018. The New York Times.
About 50 unidentied armed men kidnapped 15 girls overnight Saturday, Nov. 24. The girls were seized in a village about six miles from Toumour near the Niger border with Nigeria. No responsibility was claimed but the Islamist extremist group, Boko Haram, has kidnapped students in the past as a tactic to terrorize the population.
Original story by Reuters. Nov. 24, 2018. The New York Times.
St. Michael’s College School in Toronto, long known for its hockey, is now in the spotlight after multiple hazing videos were posted online. One showed a young student being pinned down and sexually assaulted by schoolmates with a broom handle. Six students, ages 14 and 15, were arrested and now the total count of videos to emerge has climbed to six. Both the president and principal of St. Michael’s have resigned and multiple alumni have reported being hazed while at the school decades ago.
Original story by Catherine Porter. Nov. 23, 2018. The New York Times.