Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir said ‘we do not extradite our citizens’ in response to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s demand in the case of Jamal Khashoggi’s murder suspects. Saudi Arabia has charged 11 people in the murder. Turkey issued arrest warrants for the suspects after requesting extradition on Wednesday.
New Zealand police found what they believed to be the body of 22-year old British backpacker Grace Millane on Sunday after Millane went missing on December 1st. Police reported on Saturday that a man last seen with Millane in Auckland will be charged in her death. New Zealand’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern apologized to the family of Grace Millane on behalf of the whole of New Zealand saying: “Your daughter should have been safe here, and she wasn’t, and I’m sorry for that.”
French President Emmanuel Macron will address the country on Monday to respond to ‘yellow vest’ anti-government protesters who have been holding riots for weeks. Macron will also meet with trade unions and business leaders to ‘hear their voices, their proposals’ to encourage action. Macron’s crisis meeting is expected to yield measures to diffuse the unrest.
British Prime Minister Theresa May warned on Sunday that failure by lawmakers to back her Brexit plan could lead to its overall cancellation. May is facing opposition and criticism from her own Conservative Party ahead of the Tuesday vote on her plan in the House of Commons. May rejected the call for another ‘People’s Vote.’
The acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan cemented his power on Sunday dominating the country’s snap parliamentary election. Pashinyan pushed a peaceful agenda in April and now has a parliamentary majority to focus on addressing his goals reforming the economy and ending corruption. Pashinyan’s bloc won with more than 70% of the vote.
The Belgian government lost its majority in Parliament following its decision to join the UN migration pact in July. Prime Minister Charles Michel said he will lead the remaining minority to ‘ensure stability.’ The party’s largest coalition partner the right-wing Flemish party N-VA left the government. N-VA ministers were replaced by other coalition members.