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Hundreds of thousands protest against fuel taxes in France. One person is killed and more than 200 are injured.

The country’s “Yellow Vest” movement demonstrated nationwide, blocking roads and roundabouts, to register anger about fuel taxes and the loss of purchasing power.

Florida gubernatorial election, 2018

Florida Democratic candidate Andrew Gillum officially concedes defeat to Republican candidate Ron DeSantis.

A machine recount ended Thursday, and still had DeSantis leading by over 3,000 votes

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih

Ibrahim Mohamed Solih takes the oath of office and becomes the 7th President of the Maldives.

Maldives president vows to end systematic corruption and investigate alleged human rights abuses under his predecessor.

2018 California wildfires

U.S. President Donald Trump visits victims of the Camp Fire and Woolsey Fire as the death toll rises to 79: 76 in the Camp Fire and three in the Woolsey Fire.

President Trump visits California to see the impact of the deadly wildfires. Follow here for the latest.


The Post-Truth and the Context

Most of the daily information we see on the mainstream media today is the news equivalent of fast-food.


Redefinition of SI base units

A new definition of SI units, e.g., the kilogram, the ampere, etc., is decided by the General Conference on Weights and Measures. They are now entirely defined by physical constants, and no longer dependent on any physical object, as was previously the case for the kilogram.


The first genetic analysis of hemimastigotes reveals they are distinct enough from other forms of life to be classified in a separate supra-kingdom.

Canadian researchers have discovered a new kind of organism that’s so different from other living things that it doesn’t fit into the plant kingdom, the animal kingdom, or any other kingdom used to classify known organisms.

Georgia gubernatorial election, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams ends her campaign, acknowledging that Brian Kemp will be the next Governor of Georgia. In a speech at her election headquarters in Atlanta, Abrams emphasized that her statement was not a concession, and announced her intention to file a federal lawsuit against the state of Georgia for alleged mismanagement during the election.

Democrat Stacey Abrams on Friday acknowledged that Republican Brian Kemp will become the next governor of Georgia, ending her bid to become the first African American woman elected to lead a state.

Politics of the United Kingdom

British Prime Minister Theresa May appoints Stephen Barclay as Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, and Amber Rudd as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions following yesterday's resignations of Dominic Raab and Esther McVey.

Amber Rudd has made a dramatic return to the Cabinet as work and pensions secretary as Theresa May seeks to bolster her position following a backlash to her Brexit deal. She is set to replace Esther McVey who resigned her position on Thursday in protest at Theresa May's Brexit plans. Meanwhile, Leav...

U.S. federal district judge

U.S. federal district judge Timothy J. Kelly orders the Secret Service to temporarily restore Jim Acosta's White House press pass.

A federal judge on Friday ordered the Trump White House to immediately restore the press pass of CNN Chief White House Correspondent Jim Acosta as the case progresses.

Julian Assange

An unrelated court filing accidentally reveals that Julian Assange, a major target of the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 United States election, has been charged.

Court filing submitted by US authorities in an unrelated case mentioned existence of criminal charges against someone named ‘Assange’

Disappearance of ARA ''San Juan''

The Argentine Navy announces that ARA "San Juan" (S-42), an Argentine submarine that disappeared on November 15, 2017, with 44 crew onboard, has been found on the seabed in the South Atlantic Ocean.

The ARA San Juan disappeared in the Atlantic Ocean with 44 on board almost a year ago to the day.

Social Security Organization

Iran's Social Security Organization chairman Mohammad Taghi Nourbakhsh and his deputy die after a car accident during a visit to Gorgan.

TEHRAN, Nov. 16 (MNA) – Taghi Nourbakhsh, the president of the Social Security Organization, and Abdolrahman Tajoddin, the parliamentary deputy of the organization, died in a car accident in a trip to Gorgan late on Thursday.

United States

A total of eight people die when a strong winter storm strikes the eastern United States, causing tens of thousands of people to lose power.

A strong wintry storm still was dumping snow Friday in far northern New England after creating traffic havoc that claimed at least eight lives across the country's eastern half and knocked out power for tens of thousands of people.


At least 42 people have died while more than 20 others are injured in a deadly fire aboard a bus in Zimbabwe.

More than 20 others have been taken to hospital after a suspected gas canister explosion on the bus.

2018 California wildfires

The death toll in the Camp Fire rises to 71, with the statewide total at 74. The number of missing and unaccounted-for people rises to more than 1000.

As the death toll from Northern California's Camp Fire rose to 71 and those reported missing spiked to more than 1,000, rescue workers searching for human remains hope that hundreds of people who remain unaccounted for are still alive.

Johnston Press

Johnston Press, which owns "i", "The Scotsman", the "Yorkshire Post" and other UK newspapers, enters administration after failing to secure a buyer. It is set to be de-listed on the London Stock Exchange on 19 November 2018.

Johnston Press, which also owns the Yorkshire Post, has debts of £220m and failed to find a buyer


Cabinet of the United Kingdom

Minister of State for Northern Ireland Shailesh Vara, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Dominic Raab, and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Esther McVey resign in protest of Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit plan.

Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab resigns, saying he "cannot in good conscience support" the draft deal.

Killing of Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia accuses five of its officials of killing and dismembering journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and vocal dissident, died after being drugged by the five accused and then dismembered, a spokesman for the public prosecutor's office said.

Criticism of Walmart

US Senator Bernie Sanders proposes the Stop Walmart Act, which would prohibit big employers from repurchasing shares until they adopt a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

Fresh off a campaign to get Amazon to raise its minimum wage, Senator Bernie Sanders is now shining his progressive spotlight on Walmart.

Rail transport in Morocco

The Kenitra-Tangier high-speed rail line, the first in Africa, is inaugurated.

War in Afghanistan

Taliban kill 30 policemen in an attack on an outpost in Farah Province.

A blistering overnight attack by the Taliban on an Afghan police outpost in western Farah province killed 30 policemen, Afghan officials said Thursday.

Kivu conflict

The United Nations announce that seven MONUSCO peacekeepers were killed in clashes with militia yesterday in Beni, North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo.