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The "yellow vest" protests in France continued into January. The protesters, who wear yellow reflective vests and who originally had gathered against a proposed increase in gasoline taxes, became more generally antigovernment after the gasoline tax was scrapped.

During the protests, multiple roads have been blocked, including many in Paris, where incidents of arson and looting were also reported. Due to the protests, the Eiffel Tower was closed the weekend of Dec. 8. There have been...

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Antigovernment protests became violent in Sudan in December, resulting in the deaths of at least 19 people, with reports that as many as 37 people may have been killed. The protests began on Dec. 19 after the government announced an increase in the cost of bread and fuel, and they eventually morphed to include calls for the Sudanese president, Omar al-Bashir, to resign. Al-Bashir has been in power for 29 years.

The protests occurred throughout the nation, including in the cities Port...

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In protests that started Dec. 15, tens of thousands of people gathered in Budapest, Hungary, against a labor law that increased the amount of unpaid overtime that businesses could require their employees to work. Protesters were further enflamed when opposition politicians were forcibly ejected from the state-run news organization by security when they tried to go on the air to speak about the proposal.

Despite the outcry, the law was signed by Hungary's president on Dec. 20,...

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While crossing Denmark's Great Belt Bridge during a storm on Jan. 2, a commuter train traveling from the city of Odense to Copenhagen was struck by debris from a freight train, which reportedly ripped the side off of one car and caused it to brake suddenly, killing eight passengers and injuring 14 others.

More than 100 passengers were left stranded for hours as emergency services struggled to reach their location in the storm. The bridge, which carries both rail and auto traffic...

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In Ankara, Turkey, a high-speed passenger train collided with another vehicle and then an overpass at a train station on Dec. 13, killing at least nine people and injuring 47. The train, traveling southeast from Ankara to Konya, was carrying more than 200 passengers. The vehicle it struck was doing a track inspection at the time.

The Russian Coast Guard opened fire on three Ukrainian naval ships near Crimea, the peninsula at the south of Ukraine, on Nov. 26, eventually capturing the ships and detaining their crews, all to international condemnation. At least six Ukrainians were injured. Crimea, almost universally recognized as part of Ukraine, was annexed by Russia in 2014.

The next day, Ukraine declared 30 days of martial law in 10 regions, five of which border Russia. The order gives the country's...

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Two car bombs were detonated outside of a hotel in Mogadishu, Somalia, on Nov. 9, killing at least 22 people. A third bomb, in a tuk-tuk, was set off shortly afterward nearby, with no casualties reported. The hotel is near the headquarters of Somalia's Criminal Investigations Department (CID).

After the bombing, at least four armed militants tried to enter the hotel, but they were killed by hotel guards and CID officers in the attempt. Islamist terrorist group al- Shabaab claimed...

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A covert Israeli military operation within the borders of Gaza on Nov. 11 resulted in the deaths of seven Hamas militants, including a commander. One Israeli soldier was also killed. Fighting between the two groups broke out when the car carrying the Israelis was stopped by Hamas security. Israel has not revealed why its soldiers were in Gaza, but officials say that the commander killed was not a target.

In response to the incursion, Hamas fired more than 450 rockets into Israel,...

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