Ex-officer not charged in fatal Milwaukee shooting

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A prosecutor says he won't file charges against a white former Milwaukee police officer in the fatal shooting of a black man.
Court opens case against Catalan leader for breakaway vote

Catalonia's president Artur Mas, seen here in Barcelona on November 25, 2014, is under investigation over his symbolic vote for independenceBarcelona (AFP) - Catalonia's president Artur Mas was placed under investigation on Monday for holding a banned vote on whether his region should be independent from Spain, officials said.



South Korea trims 2015 growth forecast, vows to spur consumption

Skyline of Seoul, seen at dusk on November 26, 2014South Korea on Monday trimmed its economic growth forecast for 2015 to 3.8 percent from 4.0 percent as it vowed to continue expansionary policies aimed at spurring domestic consumption. The revised projection comes after the country's central bank this month warned its own 3.9 percent growth forecast would be "difficult" to maintain as domestic demand alternated between positive and negative territories and a weak yen hurt the price competitiveness of South Korean firms against Japanese rivals abroad. The finance ministry said Monday that, in addition to the 2015 growth forecast being lowered, its estimate for this year's economic growth was also revised down to 3.4 percent from 3.7 percent. South Korea's economy grew 3.0 percent last year.



Belarus enjoys bonanza amid Russia-West tensions

In this Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014 photo a Belarusian man examines imported fruit at the central market Komarovka in Minsk, Belarus. Belarus has profited handsomely on its new role of a key conduit for European food banned by Moscow in retaliation to Western sanctions.(AP Photo/Sergei Grits)MINSK, Belarus (AP) — As relations between Russia and the West have sunk to their lowest point since the Cold War, there's one country that's reaping rewards — Belarus, whose authoritarian leader was once dubbed "Europe's last dictator" by the United States and the European Union.



Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisian election, riots break out in south

Beji Caid Essebsi, Nidaa Tounes party leader, gestures outside the party headquarters in TunisBy Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) - Veteran politician Beji Caid Essebsi has won Tunisia's first free presidential election, official results showed on Monday, the final step in a transition to democracy after an uprising that ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. But rioting broke out in one southern city, with police firing teargas to disperse hundreds of youths who burned tyres and blocked streets to demonstrate against the victory of an official from Ben Ali's old guard. Essebsi beat rival and incumbent Moncef Marzouki with 55.68 percent of the vote against 44. ...





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