French police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse demonstrators in Paris on Nov. 24, as thousands gathered in the capital and staged road blockades across the nation to vent anger against rising fuel taxes and Emmanuel Macron’s presidency.
Thousands of police were deployed nationwide to contain the demonstrations, including a tense protest at the foot of the Champs-Elysees where protesters burned barriers and large plywood sheets, wielded placards reading “Death to Taxes” and upturned a large vehicle.
There were no immediate reports of injuries in the clashes, but 18 were detained for various acts including for “throwing projectiles,” Paris police told The Associated Press.
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Taiwan Voters Set to Block Same-sex Marriage in Key Referendum
Voters in Taiwan overturned the same-sex marriage resolution in a new vote on Saturday.
Taiwan’s high court legalized same-sex marriage in May 2017, the first place in Asia to do so.
The Coalition for the Happiness of our Next Generation said the win was a “victory of all people who treasure family values.”
However, the ruling gave legislators a two-year deadline to bring marriage-equality into law.
With the conservative vote passing the threshold of 25% of eligible electors, under referendum law the government must take steps to reflect the result.
Black Friday Shopping Frenzy in Chattanooga
Shoppers in Tennessee were out in droves on Friday to score some Black Friday deals.
At the Hamilton Place mall in Chattanooga, some of the longest lines formed at Victoria Secret’s ‘pink’ store.
Many are seen pushing and shoving, grabbing whatever they can get their hands on.
According to the mall’s marketing manager, it was expected to be a record-setting black Friday.
The national retail federation says holiday sales will also be up 4 to 5 percent.
Justin Bieber Celebrates Thanksgiving as a Married Man
In an Instagram post, the singer said: “First Thanksgiving as a married man, first time hosting Thanksgiving.”
He went on to say “love isn’t always easy” but added he’s trying to be more like Jesus Christ, more patient, kind and selfless.
The Canadian singer, 24, married model Hailey Baldwin in September, in a quiet civil ceremony.
Thursday, Sept. 22 was also the 22nd birthday of Hailey Bieber.
Justin Bieber’s mom Patti Mallette marked the occasion with an Instagram story.
The story showed her son singing “happy birthday” and presenting his wife with a cake.
Four White Lion Cubs are Given Their Names in Magdeburg Zoo
Amari, Nyala, Simba and Tajo, four rare white lion cubs born at Germany’s Magdeburg zoo in July, were given their names on Saturday, with a ceremony open to all visitors.
One of the three males, Simba, could be seen running away from his brothers and sisters, fighting for the “dinner” he had found in the box carrying his name.
According to the Global White Lion Protection Trust, the animals are not albinos but “a genetic rarity” of the Greater Timbavati area in South Africa’s Krueger National Park.