#Pro-independence parties victorious in #Catalan #election

The separatist movement has achieved a majority in parliament, while the pro-unity Ciudadanos are the largest single party 
Pro-independence parties have declared victory in Catalonia's regional elections, while the unionist Ciudadanos has become the largest single party in parliament.
With almost all of the votes counted, the three leading separatist parties celebrated gaining a majority in parliament. [source]

#UN resolution unanimously rejects #US recognition of #Jerusalem as Israel's capital

More than 100 countries defied Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
The UN General Assembly backed a resolution calling on the US to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. [source]

New hopes #aid #worker Zaghari-Ratcliffe will be freed in #Iran

Husband of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe says he is cautious but optimistic about news from lawyers in Tehran
There may be positive news for Christmas for the family of a British-Iranian charity worker jailed in Tehran.
Lawyers of Nazarin Zaghari-Ratcliffe say she has now been listed by officials as "eligible for release", a change from an earlier status of being what they called a "closed case". [source]


#French #government hire cats to chase out rats in its #ministry buildings

To combat the furry menace, the French government took some action. 
Paris is known not only as the home of the Eiffel Tower—but also for its serious rat problem.
And now the rodents have set up shop in government buildings, prompting officials to use cat-like reflexes. [source]

The men accused of #sexual #misconduct since #Weinstein

Tavis Smily, Morgan Spurlock, Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose have become the latest public figures to be accused of sexual misconduct. 
In early October, reports surfaced that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein allegedly sexually harassed or assaulted multiple women over decades.
The public condemnation of Weinstein has seemingly emboldened others to come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against celebrities — with studios, networks and major companies responding — in what some have dubbed the "Weinstein ripple effect." [source]