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Posted December 1, 2018 7:50 p.m. EST

Violence Escalates as France Scrambles to Respond to ‘Yellow Vest’ Protesters

A third week of protests in France against the government of President Emmanuel Macron intensified in violence Saturday as demonstrators in Paris burned cars, smashed windows and confronted riot police. The protests — seemingly organized over the internet as an outcry over high taxes and declining living standards — took a potentially more sinister turn as they were joined by extremists on the left and right, anarchists and organized labor, all seeking to capitalize on the simmering discontent. The catalyst for the protests was the government’s decision to increase gas taxes to help pay for the transition to more sustainable energy.

Can Trade Threats Be Turned to Truce? Trump Meets Chinese and German Leaders

President Donald Trump neared the end of an attenuated visit to the Group of 20 summit here Saturday, sitting down with the leaders of China and Germany, two countries he has threatened with trade wars over what he calls their unfair commercial practices. “We have a tremendous trade imbalance, but we’re going to get that straightened out,” Trump said before a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany. Later Saturday, Trump began a dinner meeting with President Xi Jinping of China to discuss ways to avoid a new round of tariffs that some analysts fear could provoke a full-fledged economic Cold War.

Brazil’s New Leader Wants to Ease Gun Laws

In his first post-election television interview, the next president of Brazil maintained a tough-on-crime stance that includes easing laws that prevent “good guys" from owning guns. The country is reeling from a record-level epidemic of violence that last year included roughly 175 homicides per day, according to the Brazilian Forum on Public Safety. Jair Bolsonaro said he would ease firearm laws and give police more freedom to shoot suspects. For a population angered by the last few years of political and economic turmoil and worried by escalating violence, Bolsonaro’s vow was particularly resonant.

Navy Admiral Is Found Dead in Bahrain Home

The admiral overseeing U.S. naval operations in the Middle East and Southwest Asia was found dead in Bahrain on Saturday, the Navy said. The officer, Vice Adm. Scott A. Stearney, was found dead in his residence in Bahrain, Adm. John M. Richardson, the chief of naval operations, said in a statement, noting that no foul play was suspected. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service and the Bahraini Ministry of Interior are cooperating on the investigation, Richardson said. Rear Adm. Paul J. Schlise, the deputy commander of 5th Fleet, has assumed command, Richardson said.

Global Leaders Praise Bush as a Calm and Vital Statesman

To Germans, George Bush was the U.S. president who helped ensure the peaceful reunification of their country. To Mikhail Gorbachev, former leader of the Soviet Union, he exemplified great kindness. To many Kuwaitis, he was a hero for the war that routed Iraqi forces from their country. On Saturday, as leaders around the globe learned of Bush’s death, their condolences were steeped in praise. "Germany owes a lot to George H.W. Bush,” Chancellor Angela Merkel wrote in a telegram to President Donald Trump. “It was a stroke of luck in German history” that he was the president during the Cold War.

Albino Pageant Carries a Serious Message

One contestant said she had been forced to change schools as a child when people, staring and pointing, started trailing her home. Another said he was taking part to demonstrate that living with albinism does not make him different. A third said she wanted to “reach people who don’t have that knowledge of what albinism is.” They all took part in a groundbreaking beauty pageant, the first Mr. and Miss Albinism East Africa pageant, Friday night in Kenya, according to The Associated Press. Contestants said they saw it as a way to encourage confidence and inclusion for a group that remains the target of sometimes deadly stigma in Africa.