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Almost 300,000 people gathered across France in mid-November to protest rising fuel costs and a planned increase in fuel taxes, blocking roads and disrupting services. The protesters, who were not organized by any single group or union, have come to be known as "yellow vests" because of the bright-yellow reflective vests — legally required to be carried in every car in France — that they wear in solidarity.

Conflicts, both between opposing protester groups and between...


In Melbourne, Australia, on Nov. 9, a man armed with a knife set fire to a car and then stabbed three pedestrians, killing one. The man was then shot and killed by police. Police are treating the attack as an act of terrorism. Authorities identified the attacker as being a Somali-born naturalized citizen and said that family members of his were on a watch list, though he, himself, was not.

Heavy rains from Tropical Storm Toraji caused landslides in south-central Vietnam on Nov. 18, killing at least 13 people. The landslides occurred in mountain villages that surround the coastal city of Nha Trang in Khanh Hoa province.

At least 10 people were killed in the town of Niterói, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, southeastern Brazil, when a hillside containing houses collapsed during heavy rains on Nov. 10. More than 10 people, including children, were rescued from the debris left by the slide.

A flash flood in southern Jordan on Nov. 10 killed at least 11 people and forced more than 4,000, including tourists, to evacuate from the ancient city of Petra. Water depths at the Petra archaeological site were measured as high as 14 feet in some areas.

A magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck western Iran on Nov. 25, injuring more than 700 people. The quake was also felt in Iraq, where one death was reported. Officials in Iran said that most of the injuries were minor and were caused by the stampede of people rushing to the street when the quake hit.

In August 2017, the same region was hit by the deadliest earthquake in Iran in decades, killing more than 600 people.

Volcán de Fuego, in the Chimaltenango department of south-central Guatemala, erupted with lava and ash on Nov. 18, triggering the evacuation of more than 2,000 people.

The 12,000-foot volcano is one of the most active in Central America. Nearly 200 people were confirmed killed when it last erupted in June 2018, with many more still considered missing and presumed dead.

A preliminary report was released on Nov. 28 from the investigation of Lion Air flight 610, which crashed in the ocean on Oct. 29 while heading from Jakarta to Pangkal Pinang, Indonesia, killing all 189 people on board.

The report concluded that an automated anti-stall system installed by Boeing had malfunctioned, causing the system to try to point the plane's nose down, despite the pilots' repeated efforts to raise it, ultimately leading to the crash shortly after takeoff. In...