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December 2018 Current Events: World News

Updated December 3, 2018 | Infoplease Staff

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The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for December 2018:

  1. Protests in France Turn Deadly
  2. Stampede at Italy Concert
  3. Hundreds Detained in Paris
  4. Wage Raise in France
  5. Shooting at Strasbourg Christmas Market
  6. Poisoning Incident in India
  7. Sudanese Party HQ Building Torched
  8. London’s Gatwick Airport Closed due to Drones
  9. Measles Outbreak

Protests in France Turn Deadly

France Protests

On December 1, three people died after protests in France turned violent. The protests have been against the fuel tax passed last month. On December 3, “the yellow vests” cancelled the scheduled meeting with the prime minister, claiming they were receiving death threats. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Bob Edme

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Stampede at Italy Concert

Italy Stampede

On December 8, 6 people died and dozens more were injured at an Italian nightclub during a rap concert. While people waited for the performer, someone sprayed an “irritant substance” instigating the stampede. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini

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Hundreds Detained in Paris

France Protests

On December 8, rubber bullets and tear gas were used on anti-government protesters after the protests turned violent. Of the 8,000 demonstrators, 500 have been taken into custody and 30 have been injured. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Claude Paris

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Wage Raise in France

France Wage Increase

On December 10, France’s President Macron promised to raise the minimum wage after weeks of violent protests by “yellow vests.” Macron has also stated that he will get rid of the tax increased planned for the future, but he refuses to raise taxes on the rich. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Francisco Seco

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Shooting at Strasbourg Christmas Market

Christmas Market Shooting

On December 11, a gunman killed three people at a Christmas market in Strasbourg. By December 13, police announced that the suspect had been killed. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias, Pool

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Poisoning Incident in India

India Poisoning

On December 15, more than 90 worshippers were hospitalized, and 11 pronounced dead, after eating food at a religious gathering. The religious offering is suspected to have been poisoned, and two suspects have been arrested. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh

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Sudanese Party HQ Building Torched

Sudan Protests

On December 19, a state of emergency was declared in Sudan after the ruling party’s headquarters were torched. The building was set on fire during protests regarding price increases. By December 20, a state of emergency was declared as protests continued. So far, one death has been reported. (Reuters)

Photo Source: Sudanese Activist via AP

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London’s Gatwick Airport Closed due to Drones

Gatwick Airport

On December 19, an airport in Gatwick closed after drones were sighted. The closure lasted 36 hours and led to the cancellation of thousands of flights. After an investigation, two suspects were arrested on December 21, and the airport reopened. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth

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Measles Outbreak

Measles Outbreak

On December 20, officials warned that as resistance to vaccinations grow, measles are more likely to reappear all across Europe. Cases have already doubled this year, and it is expected to get worse. (Guardian)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Leo Correa

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