News Wrap: Mistrial for South Carolina police officer who killed Walter Scott

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Surrounded by family and family attorneys, Anthony Scott speaks at a press conference after a hung jury was announced in the trial of former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager outside the Charleston County Courthouse in Charleston, South Carolina December 5, 2016. REUTERS/Randall Hill - RTSUT9V

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JUDY WOODRUFF: In the day’s other news: A South Carolina judge declared a mistrial in a dramatic police killing after the jury deadlocked. North Charleston Officer Michael Slager was charged with murdering an unarmed black man. Walter Scott was shot as he ran from a traffic stop in an incident captured on cell phone video.

His brother today urged calm:

ANTHONY SCOTT, Brother of Walter Scott: We are not going to tear up this city. We are going to — we are going to keep it just the way it is. And we are going to believe in peaceful protest, because it didn’t turn out the way we feel, but we feel like our voices need to be heard.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Prosecutors said they will try Slager again. He also faces federal civil rights charges.

In Italy, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi handed in his resignation today, the latest victim of a populist wave across Europe. Renzi met with the country’s president a day after voters soundly rejected constitutional reforms. Earlier, he said has no regrets.

MATTEO RENZI, Prime Minister, Italy (through translator): We are convincing. I am sorry. But we are leaving without remorse. As I said clearly from the beginning, if no wins, my experience of government ends here.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Sunday’s outcome boosted anti-establishment and anti-immigrant parties in Italy.

Meanwhile, moderate leaders across Europe welcomed the outcome of Austria’s presidential vote. A left-leaning candidate, Alexander van der Bellen, won Sunday’s election there. He had campaigned heavily to maintain stronger ties with Europe. His far-right opponent talked of leaving the European Union and barring migrants.

Russia and China today vetoed a U.N. Security Council resolution calling for a seven-day truce in the Syrian city of Aleppo. Eleven nations supported the measure. The U.S. deputy ambassador to U.N. spoke after the vote.

MICHELE SISON, U.S. Deputy Ambassador to the UN: We had a chance not to end, but to briefly stop the ongoing butchery in Eastern Aleppo. We have failed because of a cynical act. With a wave of their hands, Russia, China and Venezuela showed that they don’t want the suffering of Eastern Aleppo to end.

JUDY WOODRUFF: Meanwhile, fierce fighting continues in Aleppo, with government forces closing in on rebel sections.

The war in Syria is driving a record United Nations appeal for humanitarian aid. The world body asked today for more than $22 billion for 2017. Roughly a third of that would go to help displaced people inside Syria and those who’ve fled to other lands.

Back in this country, North Carolina’s Republican Governor Pat McCrory conceded defeat in his reelection bid, after a month of counting absentee and provisional ballots. Democratic State Attorney General Roy Cooper won by just over 10,000 votes out of 4.7 million cast.

And on Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average gained nearly 46 points to close at 19216. The Nasdaq rose 53 points, and the S&P 500 added 12.

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