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Sri Lanka's parliament sworn in after unity government formed

Colombo - Sri Lanka's new parliament was sworn in on Tuesday following a general election that saw Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe form a broad-based unity government.

Greek eurosceptics to take government mandate amid early election row

Atenas - A breakaway eurosceptic faction of Greece's Syriza party was to attempt to form a government Monday as the country headed for a likely September 20 snap ballot.

Greece's leader resigns, calls for new elections next month

Athens - Leftist prime minister Alexis Tsipras resigned Thursday and called for new elections he hopes will bolster his support and ratify his decision to accept tougher austerity to keep Greece in the shared European currency.

Iran lawmakers pick nuclear deal review panel

Tehran - Iran's parliament announced Wednesday the final composition of a 15-member panel largely composed of conservative lawmakers to review the country's nuclear deal with world powers.

Iraq probe finds Maliki, others responsible for Mosul fall

Baghdad - An Iraqi parliamentary investigation found ex-premier Nuri al-Maliki and 35 others responsible for jihadists overrunning second city Mosul, in a report being sent for possible legal action, lawmakers said Sunday.

More than 20,000 Indians urge MPs to end parliament deadlock

New Delhi - More than 20,000 Indians including prominent business leaders have signed an online petition urging lawmakers to end weeks of rowdy protests that have paralysed parliament in the world's largest democracy.The petition on the Change.

Greek PM seeks parliament ratification of bailout on Thursday

Atenas - Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is seeking a meeting of parliament on Thursday to ratify Greece's bailout deal with its creditors, a government source said.

Gap closes between Portugal's main parties ahead of vote: Poll

Lisbon - Two months ahead of Portugal's parliamentary elections, the gap was closing between the outgoing centre right coalition and the Socialist Party, a poll showed on Friday.

Greek banks reopen with restrictions as prices soar

Athens - Banks in Greece were open at week's end for the first time in July but at a steep price — limits on cash withdrawals and higher prices on nearly everything people buy.

Tunisia adopts new anti-terror law despite rights concerns

Tunis - The Tunisian parliament adopted a new anti-terror law aimed at beefing up powers to confront a jihadist threat following deadly attacks but which has been slammed by rights groups as draconian.

Portuguese lawmakers back tightening abortion laws

Lisbon - Portugal on Wednesday tightened its abortion laws, adopting a bill aimed at making women pay to end a pregnancy and requirements for more stringent tests before the procedure.

India's Modi appeals for support as parliament reopens

New Delhi - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed on Tuesday for opposition support in pushing through key reforms, as parliament began a new session set to be dominated by corruption allegations against members of his party.

Russia dismisses Kiev's 'imitation' of constitutional reform

Moscow - Russia on Friday dismissed constitutional amendments proposed by Kiev to decentralise Ukraine as part of the peace process as merely an "imitation" of compliance.

'We have been betrayed!' Protest turns violent as Greece votes

Atenas - Firebombs thrown by furious anti-austerity protesters exploded in front of Greece's parliament Wednesday as anger over a new bailout deal spilled onto the streets of the capital.

Protesters throw petrol bombs as Greek parliament debates bailout

Atenas - Anti-austerity protesters hurled petrol bombs at police in front of Greece's parliament on Wednesday as lawmakers began debating deeply unpopular reforms needed to unlock a new eurozone bailout.

Russia brings forward parliamentary elections

Moscow - President Vladimir Putin has signed off on a law that brings next year's Russian parliamentary elections forward by three months, a move some commentators said gives an unfair advantage to pro-Kremlin parties.

Greece's Tsipras faces tough sell to get harsh reforms past party

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras found himself with a formidable challenge Monday as he prepared to force unpopular bailout reforms demanded by eurozone creditors past his own party to get them through parliament.

Afghan parliament rejects Ghani choice for defence post

Kabul - Afghanistan's parliament on Saturday rejected President Ashraf Ghani's nominee for defence ministry, a crucial post that has sat vacant for months as stretched security forces fight to secure territory from a revitalised Taliban.

Kuwait tightens security as emir attends joint prayers

Kuwait City - Kuwait deployed unprecedented security measures around Shiite mosques for Friday prayers following last week's deadly bombing, as the emir attended rare Shiite-Sunni joint ceremony in a show of unity.

Tsipras, addressing parliament, calls for 'emphatic no' to creditor proposals

Atenas - Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras called in a speech to parliament Saturday for an "emphatic no to the ultimatum" issued by the country's creditors in a bailout referendum proposed by his government for July 5.

France passes sweeping new spying law

Paris - France passed a controversial new spying law on Wednesday granting sweeping powers to snoop on citizens on the same day that leaked documents caused uproar over US espionage against French leaders.

Reformist Iranian minister survives impeachment vote

Tehran - Iran's parliament voted overwhelmingly Wednesday against impeaching the education minister, in a victory for President Hassan Rouhani over hardliners.

Iran lawmakers pass bill to protect nuclear programme

Tehran - Iran's parliament approved a controversial bill Tuesday that it said would protect the country's nuclear programme, but which could also hinder final negotiations on a deal with world powers.

Brazen Taliban attack on Afghan parliament kills two

Kabul - Taliban militants launched a brazen assault on the Afghan parliament Monday, triggering gunfire and explosions and sending lawmakers scurrying for cover in an attack that killed two civilians, including a child.

Explosions, gunfire as Taliban attack Afghan parliament

Kabul - Taliban militants attacked the Afghan parliament on Monday, with gunfire and explosions rocking the building, sending lawmakers running for cover in chaotic scenes relayed live on television.

Iran lawmakers curtailed on power to veto nuclear deal

Tehran - Iran's parliament curtailed its own power to block a nuclear deal with world powers Sunday, effectively removing a longstanding threat that a final accord could be torn up by lawmakers.

UK parliament faces repair bill of up to £7.1 bn

London - The bill to repair Britain's crumbling Houses of Parliament could hit £7.1 billion unless lawmakers move out for up to six years, according to a study published Thursday.

Greek resistance hero to step down from European parliament

Atenas - Greek wartime resistance hero Manolis Glezos on Wednesday said he was stepping down as a member of the European parliament for the ruling radical Syriza party after a year in the post.

France's Le Pen wins backing to form anti-EU Parliament group

Brussels - French National Front leader Marine Le Pen recruited Polish and British MEPs on Tuesday, finally allowing her to launch a new eurosceptic party dedicated to challenging every ambition held dear by champions of the EU.

French National Front announces far-right EU parliamentary group

Paris - A new grouping of European far-right parties, called Europe of Nations and Freedom, is to be formed around France's National Front, the French party leader Marine Le Pen announced in a statement Monday.
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Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
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Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
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Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
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Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
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Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
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Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the firs...
Ukrainian Parliament adopted the bill No.9073 on the principles of state language policy in the first reading. Several parallel rallies of supporters and opponents of this bill were held in downtown Kyiv.