French soldiers killed in the Sahel, Trump supports Hong Kong activists, Iraq protests, Black Friday

A moonless night in the Sahel, a patrol on the trail of jihadist insurgents, and two French military helicopters collide. Thirteen soldiers killed, the military's worst single-day casualty toll since 1983. In the southeastern French garrison town of Gap, mountain rangers sing the Marseillaise to honour their fallen comrades, with similar tributes in the southwestern city of Pau where the helicopter regiment is based. Critics of the French operation in the region claim it is a scramble for newfound oil and other raw materials.