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Iran parliament urges ballistic missile improvements

Tehran - Iran's outgoing parliament approved a motion Sunday to increase the capabilities of the country's ballistic missiles, a military programme that has been ruled dangerous by the United Nations.

Iran's new parliament has more women than clerics

Tehran - Iran's new parliament will have more women than clerics when its members are sworn in this month, a first in the Islamic republic and a sign of the country's evolving politics.

Protesters start leaving Iraq parliament: AFP photographer

Baghdad - Iraqi protesters, most of them supporters of powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, were leaving the parliament building they stormed earlier on Saturday, an AFP photographer reported.

Rouhani allies win Iran parliament vote: unofficial results

Tehran - Reformist and moderate Iranian politicians allied with President Hassan Rouhani have won second round parliamentary elections, unofficial results showed Saturday, opening the door to them controlling the legislature.

Iran votes as Rouhani reformist allies seek control of parliament

- Iranians voted Friday in second round elections for almost a quarter of seats in parliament, the latest political showdown between reformists and conservatives seeking to influence the country's future.

Iran parliament in the balance in election run-offs

Tehran - Nearly a quarter of Iran's parliamentary seats are at stake Friday in an election in which reformists want to consolidate their recent comeback and minimise the clout of hardline lawmakers.

Belgium dropped probe into Paris attackers before massacre: Report

Brussels - Belgian police abandoned a probe into participants in the Paris attacks ahead of the massacre due to a lack of funds, despite flagging them as priority terror suspects, a report said on Tuesday.

Torture-praising politician seizes limelight in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - The growing popularity of a lawmaker who praises torture and military dictatorship is the latest sign of Brazil slipping into unpredictable -- and some say dangerous -- political territory.

Iraq speaker suspends parliament 'until further notice'

Baghdad - Embattled Iraqi parliament speaker Salim al-Juburi Tuesday announced the suspension of parliament sessions "until further notice" after a week of turmoil during which lawmakers brawled and sought to sack him.

EU parliament drivers had Islamic State propaganda: Press

Brussels - Two drivers for the European Parliament have been caught in possession of Islamic State propaganda, a German newspaper reported Saturday.

Iraq MPs quit session aimed at replacing speaker

Baghdad - A group of Iraqi lawmakers said they would not take part in a Saturday parliament session to select a replacement for the speaker, apparently leaving it without the necessary quorum.

Iraq MPs vote to sack speaker, deepening political turmoil

Baghdad - Iraqi lawmakers voted Thursday to remove the parliament speaker and his deputies from office, increasing political turmoil as the country battles jihadists and struggles with a financial crisis.

Iraq PM to attend parliament for cabinet vote: Speaker

Baghdad - Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi will attend parliament on Thursday for a vote on a new cabinet lineup, after two previous sessions ended in chaos, the speaker's office said.

Libya parliament to vote Monday on unity govt: lawmakers

Tripoli - Libya's internationally recognised parliament will hold a confidence vote Monday on the country's new UN-backed unity government, two lawmakers told AFP.

Brussels bomber 'had cleaning job' at European Parliament

Brussels - One of the jihadists who blew themselves up in Islamic State attacks in Brussels on March 22 briefly worked as a cleaner at the European Parliament several years ago, the EU body said Wednesday.

Iceland PM asks to dissolve parliament, president refuses

Reykjav - Iceland's prime minister on Tuesday asked the president to dissolve parliament as his government reeled from a political crisis over the so-called Panama Papers, but the president refused.

South Africa parliament to consider Zuma impeachment

Johanesburg - The South African parliament will next week discuss an opposition motion to impeach President Jacob Zuma after the highest court ruled that he flouted the constitution, an official said Sunday.

Taliban fire rockets at new Afghan parliament

Kabul - Taliban insurgents fired a barrage of rockets at Afghanistan's newly built parliament complex in Kabul on Monday, as top security officials including the intelligence chief prepared to address the assembly.

Paris police relive night of horror at Bataclan concert hall

Paris - Paris security forces on Thursday relived their harrowing operation to stop three jihadists who killed 90 people in the Bataclan concert hall in November, for lawmakers probing their response to the attack.

Irish parliament fails to nominate PM, Kenny resigns

Dublin - Ireland's outgoing prime minister Enda Kenny resigned Thursday after losing a parliamentary vote to be renamed to his post, following an inconclusive general election in the eurozone nation last month.

Iran's Rouhani 'very pleased' moderate MPs elected

Tehran - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday he was "very pleased" voters backed moderate politicians in elections and that he hoped cooperation with his government would soon replace confrontation in parliament.

French deputies seek to punish phone makers who don't help probes

Paris - French parliamentary deputies, defying government wishes, on Thursday voted in favour of penalising smartphone makers who fail to cooperate in terrorism inquiries, entering a controversy which has pitted the FBI against Apple in the United States.

Renzi falters as Catholics squeeze Italy's gay unions bill

Rome - Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi admitted Monday he may have to surrender key parts of the gay civil unions bill if he has any chance of overcoming Catholic dissent to get it through parliament.

French parliament votes to extend state of emergency to May 26

Paris - The French parliament voted to extend the country's state of emergency, implemented after the November 13 terror attacks, by a further three months to May 26 as the government warns the threat of an attack remains great.

Haiti lawmakers elect Jocelerme Privert as interim president

Port-au-prince - Haitian lawmakers early Sunday elected Jocelerme Privert as the troubled country's interim president to fill a power vacuum following the departure of Michel Martelly, after a vote to choose his successor was postponed over fears of violence.

Haitian lawmakers meet to elect interim president

Port-au-prince - Haitian lawmakers were set to elect an interim president Saturday to fill the power vacuum following the departure of Michel Martelly, after a vote to choose his replacement was postponed over fears of violence.

With no president in sight, Haiti gets transitional government

Port-au-prince - Haitian politicians inked a last-minute agreement to install a transitional government Saturday, just hours before President Michel Martelly was scheduled to step down with no replacement in line.

Venezuela president vows to resist ouster

Caracas - Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro vowed Thursday the opposition's attempts to drive him from power would not prosper "by fair means or foul" in a political crisis gripping the oil-rich nation.

Venezuelan party launches bill to oust president

Caracas - A small group of Venezuelan opposition lawmakers launched a bill Tuesday proposing to oust President Nicolas Maduro, the latest anti-government offensive in the oil-rich country's tense political standoff.

Polish senate approves Internet surveillance law

Varsovia - Poland's senate on Friday approved a controversial amendment making it easier for the secret service and police to access Internet data, stoking concerns about the state of democracy in the EU member.
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