For the ninth week, tens of thousands of protesters in Serbia called on Aleksandar Vucic to resign as president. He has offered to hold elections, but the demonstrators want a fairer election law and more media time for the opposition.
Keeping up the jaw-jaw
Donald Trump confirmed that he would hold a second summit with Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s dictator, in Vietnam in late February. Mr Kim has done little to fulfil his pledge at the pair’s last meeting in Singapore to give up his nuclear weapons.
Indian officials resigned in protest at what they saw as the government’s attempts to suppress unflattering economic data. They say unemployment is at a 45-year high of 6.1%. The government says it is reviewing the data.
The British government approved the extradition of Vijay Mallya to India, the next stage in a process that started in 2016 when the beer-and-travel tycoon fled to Britain to escape criminal charges related to the collapse of Kingfisher Airlines. Known as the “King of Good Times” both for what he sells and for how he lives, Mr Mallya denies the charges.
A leader, but with little power
A dozen members of the eu, including Germany, France and Britain, recognised Juan Guaidó, the leader of Venezuela’s legislature, as the country’s interim president. They acted after Nicolás Maduro, who won a rigged election in May, failed to meet a deadline for calling a proper ballot. Most Latin American democracies back Mr Guaidó. (Venezuela’s constitution makes him interim president if the post is not legitimately filled.) Venezuela’s army moved to block the delivery of food aid, which might fill empty bellies but would also embarrass the regime.
包括德国、法国和英国在内的十几个欧盟成员国承认委内瑞拉立法机构领导人胡安·瓜伊多(Juan Guaido)为该国的临时总统。今年5月，尼古拉斯·马杜罗(Nicolas Maduro)在一场受到操纵的选举中获胜，但却没能遭规定的最后期限内进行适当的投票。大多数拉美民主国家支持瓜伊多。(委内瑞拉宪法规定，如果总统一职空缺，临时总统可代行其职。)委内瑞拉军队采取行动阻止粮食援助的运送，粮食援助也许能填饱肚子，但也会让政权难堪。
Brazil’s justice minister, presented a plan to get tougher on criminals and go easier on cops. Police who kill in the line of duty may escape punishment if they acted out of “fear, surprise or violent emotion”. A judge convicted Brazil’s former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who is already serving a 12-year sentence for corruption, on an additional corruption charge and added a sentence of nearly 13 years.
Nayib Bukele won El Salvador’s presidential election. His victory ends three decades of power alternating between the left-wing FMLN and right-wing Arena parties. Mr Bukele, who is 37, has promised to fight corruption and to prevent violence by creating jobs. He also favours nicer public parks.
Ashes to ashes
A bill was proposed in Hawaii to raise the legal smoking age to 100. After that Hawaiians would be free to light up.