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Doctors and firefighters strike in Catalonia, Spain, over budget cuts, ending with clashes between demonstrators and Mossos d'Esquadra at the doors of Catalan Parliament. Students and teachers start a two-day strike.

Pressure is mounting on regional Catalan premier Quim Torra as strikes and demonstrations enter their third day

Malagasy presidential election, 2018

Two former presidents, Andry Rajoelina and Marc Ravalomanana, advance to the second round, due to be held on December 19. Incumbent president Hery Rajaonarimampianina is eliminated.

An ex-president of Madagascar and the man who overthrew him in a 2009 coup will ...

India–Pakistan relations

Personalities from both countries inaugurate a corridor that will enable Sikh pilgrims to travel visa-free between the Indian town of Dera Baba Nanak and the Sri Kartarpur Sahib Gurdwara in Pakistan.

Amid tense bilateral ties, South Asian neighbours agree to provide a visa-free corridor for Sikh pilgrims.

Flash flood

Flash flooding kills two people and causes major power outages in Sydney, Australia.

Emergency crews respond to hundreds of calls on the city's wettest November day since 1984.

Acetylene gas

A chain reaction of exploding trucks triggered by a blast during the delivery of acetylene gas at a chemical plant in Zhangjiakou, China, kills 23 people and injures at least 22 others.

A blast near a chemical plant in Zhangjiakou city in China's northern Hebei...

War in Afghanistan (2001–present)

At least 10 people are killed and 19 are wounded in an attack on a compound of the G4S security contracting company in the Afghan capital Kabul. The Taliban's strategy seeks to strengthen its position before any formal negotiations.

Officials say 19 others were injured after a suicide bomber and gunmen attacked a security compound in the capital city.

War in Afghanistan (2001–present)

A series of U.S. airstrikes kills at least 30 Afghan civilians, including 16 children, in Garmsir District, Helmand Province. Additional civilians were left wounded or buried in the rubble. The target of the strikes was a suspected Taliban compound. The United States' strategy aims to push the Taliban into talks.

At least 30 Afghan civilians were killed in U.S. air strikes in the Afghan provi...