World News at a Glance
Posted November 24, 2018 6:25 p.m. EST
Tear Gas in Paris as a Protest Rails at Macron
Shouts of “Macron resign!” and “Macron get lost!” punctuated the booms from tear gas and water cannons on the Champs-Élysées on Saturday, as French police forced protesters from the “Yellow Jackets” movement away from the presidential offices in the Élysée Palace. This citizen-driven movement is among the most serious challenges yet to President Emmanuel Macron’s pro-business government. On Saturday, thousands of Yellow Jackets converged on Paris for a second weekend to protest a rise in fuel taxes and to express general discontent with the fiscal burden in one of the most highly taxed states in Europe, where taxes represent over 45 percent of GDP.
‘Catfishing,’ Blackmail and Sexual Abuse in Norway
The 26-year-old man pretended to be a teenage girl to meet boys and young men on online chat forums. He asked them to send explicit images and videos, prosecutors say. He threatened to publish the footage on YouTube if they did not keep the images coming. He talked a few into meeting in person. Then, officials said, he raped some of them. The Norwegian man — identified only as Henrik, a soccer referee — was charged last Friday with sexually abusing more than 300 boys in three countries beginning in 2011. Authorities found more than 16,000 explicit films of victims on the suspect’s computer.
Families Want Argentine Submarine Salvaged, but It Would Be Costly
An Argentine submarine found on the ocean floor a year after it vanished with 44 people on board may rest there despite pleas from family members of the crew, who hope for a salvage operation that experts say would be costly and unlikely to yield new information. Experts say the salvage operation appears to be feasible. But the financially struggling administration of President Mauricio Macri is not eager to pay for it despite pressure from families who want to recover the bodies of their loved ones. One expert estimated any salvage effort would have to start with a budget of about $100 million.
As Migrants Await U.S. Entry, Mexico Mulls Options
Leaders of the incoming Mexican government, who are under pressure to deal with thousands of migrants at the border awaiting entry into the United States, plan to meet as early as Sunday to discuss options to cope with the problem, said Marcelo Ebrard, the incoming foreign minister. He cautioned that no decision had been reached at this point. Among the proposals that officials will discuss is a possible allowance for asylum-seekers to remain on the Mexican side of the border while they await a decision from the United States.
Movement to Restore Birthright Citizenship Gains Ground in Ireland
The Irish public is overwhelmingly in favor of a proposal to reinstate birthright citizenship. A proposed law on the subject passed a preliminary vote in the Irish Senate on Wednesday, three days after an opinion poll for the Irish edition of The Sunday Times of London showed 71 percent of respondents favor birthright citizenship. Nineteen percent were opposed and 10 percent undecided. Should it be enacted, the proposed law would grant the right to citizenship to any person who is born in Ireland and subsequently lives in the country for three years, regardless of the parents’ citizenship or residency status.
A Mammoth New Airport Shows China’s Strengths (and Weaknesses)
Rising out of the farmlands of southern Beijing, one of the world’s largest airports is preparing to open after just five years of construction. It is meant to shift the Chinese capital’s center of gravity away from its high-tech university district in the north toward its poorer southern suburbs — part of an even more ambitious plan to remake Beijing and its hinterland into an 82,000-square-mile economic locomotive for northern China. Yet the airport also reflects a less glamorous side of China’s rapid change: a reliance on the heavy hand of big infrastructure as a salve for deeper problems in politics and economics.
85 Years Later, Ukraine Marks Famine That Killed Millions
On Saturday, Ukrainians lit candles to commemorate the Ukrainian famine of 1933. The atrocity is marked annually on the fourth Saturday of November. The famine killed more than 3 million people, by most estimates, and has become a touchstone in post-Soviet Ukrainian society. But every year, fewer survivors remain alive to offer their firsthand accounts of the famine, a brutal narrative that for many Ukrainians helps make the case against Russian influence in the country today. Ukrainian historians argue the famine was a genocide orchestrated by Josef Stalin, then head of the Soviet Union, to crush Ukrainian aspirations for independence.
FIFA Considering Proposal to Stage World Cup Every Two Years
FIFA is exploring the possibility of staging the World Cup every two years, rather than every four, the president of South American soccer’s governing body confirmed Friday. Alejandro Dominguez, president of the South American body CONMEBOL, submitted the proposal at a FIFA congress in Kigali, Rwanda, in October. Dominguez said Friday that a biennial World Cup would serve as a viable — and even preferable — alternative to the expanded continental championships like UEFA’s Nations League and the Copa América. Any proposed changes to the World Cup, FIFA’s marquee event, are sure to face opposition.