French police deployed tear gas and used pepper spray on protesters in Paris, Thursday, December 5. The Eiffel Tower shut down, France's vaunted high-speed trains stood still and teachers walked off the job as unions launched nationwide strikes and protests

Major Volcanic Eruption

A major explosion saw the Stromboli volcano in Italy erupt on Wednesday at 12.18pm local time. The eruption appears to have come from the summit vents, producing an ash plume that rose hundreds of metres into the sky. The explosion ejected bombs to the upper slopes of the volcano and caused a pyroclastic flow that traveled down the Sciara into the sea, Volcano Discovery reports.

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