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Polish lawmakers approve change to freedom of assembly

Varsovia - Polish lawmakers on Friday voted to amend the freedom of assembly law to give preference to rallies organised by religious and state institutions over citizen initiatives, sparking human rights concerns at home and abroad.

Colombia Senate debates controversial peace deal

Estanzuela - Colombia's Senate on Tuesday began debating the government's controversial revised peace deal to end a half-century conflict with leftist FARC rebels.Last month voters surprisingly snubbed an earlier version of the accord in a referendum.

EU Parliament backs freeze of Turkish membership talks

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Thursday voted to freeze membership talks with Turkey over its "disproportionate" post-coup crackdown, further escalating tensions with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

EU Parliament chief Schulz returns to German politics 

Brussels - Germany's Martin Schulz said Thursday he would step down as head of the European Parliament and return to national politics, where speculation grew he could emerge as a challenge to Angela Merkel.

EU MPs set to back Turkey membership bid freeze

Strasbourg - The European Parliament's main groups said Tuesday they will vote this week to freeze membership talks with Turkey over its crackdown after a coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

'Russians, Americans and Turks' trying to destroy Europe: top MEP

Strasbourg - A top European lawmaker warned Tuesday that a "ring of autocrats" was trying to wreck the EU, citing the presidents of Russia and Turkey and their future counterpart Donald Trump."It seems to me more and more we are surrounded by autocrats.

Turkey says open to changes on child sex conviction bill

Ankara - The Turkish government said on Monday it was open to changes proposed by the opposition to a controversial bill that could overturn the convictions of thousands of male sex offenders, after a huge public backlash.

British government drops plans to curb power of House of Lords

London - The British government said Thursday it has dropped plans to curb the power of the unelected House of Lords, which it had been considering following an embarrassing policy defeat.

Protesters storm Brazil Congress demanding military coup

Bras - Dozens of rightwing protesters burst into Brazil's legislative chamber to demand a military coup.

Protesters storm Brazil Congress demanding military coup

Bras - Dozens of rightwing protesters burst into Brazil's legislative chamber on Wednesday to demand a military coup.

Egypt parliament approves contentious NGO draft bill

Cairo - Egypt's parliament approved a draft law to regulate the activities of non-governmental organisations, in a move expected to trigger new fears of an intensified crackdown on civil society.

Government austerity tops Kuwait election campaign

Kuwait City - Candidates in Kuwait's parliamentary elections have focused their campaigns on unpopular government austerity measures as the oil-dependent Gulf country faces financial stress due to low crude prices.

British PM warns MPs against blocking Brexit

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May warned lawmakers on Sunday not to block Brexit, after the High Court ruled that she cannot start the process of leaving the European Union without parliament's approval.

Georgia ruling party scores win in disputed polls

Tbili - Georgia's ruling party has scored a landslide win in disputed parliamentary polls, official results showed on Monday, as the main opposition cried fraud.

Georgia ruling party cruising to landslide election win

Tbili - Georgia voted in the second round of contested parliamentary polls Sunday, with the ruling Georgian Dream poised for a landslide victory, prompting opposition parties to cry foul.

Kuwaiti royal to contest election, in rare move

Kuwait City - A member of Kuwait's ruling family announced Wednesday his candidacy for next month's parliamentary election, a rare move in the oil-rich Gulf state where royals normally stay away from polls.

Thai parliament to hold 'special' meeting at 1400 GMT

Bangkok - The Thai junta's rubber stamp parliament will hold a "special" meeting Thursday evening, its spokesman said Thursday, as anxiety over the health of the country's beloved but ailing King Bhumibol Adulyadej has soared.

British PM allows MPs to scrutinise Brexit plan, rules out vote

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May signalled Wednesday that she would let parliament scrutinise her Brexit plan before starting the formal EU exit process -- but dismissed calls for a vote on the terms.

UKIP frontrunner hospitalised after EU parliament 'altercation'

Strasbourg - The favourite to lead the anti-EU UK Independence Party, Steven Woolfe, was recovering in hospital Thursday after an "altercation" at a meeting with colleagues in the European Parliament.

Turkey extends mandate for troops in Iraq, Syria

Ankara - Turkey's parliament on Saturday overwhelmingly approved a one-year extension of an existing mandate to use Turkish troops abroad in Syria and Iraq.

Erdogan says Turkey in 'endgame' over EU membership

Istanbul - President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Saturday warned that Turkey had reached the "end of the game" over its decades-long EU membership bid, saying it was time for Brussels once and for all to make clear if it wanted Ankara as a member.

Greek lawmakers pass fresh reforms sought by creditors

Atenas - The Greek parliament on Tuesday adopted fresh austerity measures sought by its international creditors, including expediting privatisation of utility companies.

Eye-catching winners in Russian vote

Moscow - The Russian parliament has traditionally housed some colourful characters, from Olympic champions and opera singers to cosmonauts and suspected criminals.

Jordan's Brotherhood eyeing greater clout in new vote

Amman - After years of self-imposed political exile, Jordan's influential Muslim Brotherhood is gearing up to compete in next week's general election aiming to reestablish its role as a major parliamentary force.

EU 'war' looms over fate of parliament head Schulz

Strasbourg - Moves to let European Parliament head Martin Schulz extend his tenure are sparking fresh infighting in the crisis-hit EU, with his opponents warning it would be akin to a declaration of war.

Token opposition enters Belarus parliament in first since 2008

Minsk - Two opposition candidates have been elected to parliament in ex-Soviet Belarus, the first time since 2008 that critics of strongman president Alexander Lukashenko have made it into the rubber-stamp legislature.

Opposition eyes victory as 3-day Seychelles vote winds up

Victoria - Voters in the tourism-dependent nation of Seychelles cast their ballots Saturday, the third and final day of a poll that may see the opposition win control of parliament for the first time in two decades.

British parliament should decamp for £3.9 bn repairs: lawmakers

London - British lawmakers should move out of London's iconic Houses of Parliament for six years while the crumbling building is renovated to avert a crisis, a parliamentary report said Thursday.

Tunisia parliament approves new unity government

Tunis - The new unity government of Youssef Chahed won resounding support from parliament, approving a new cabinet line-up which must tackle the country's pressing socio-economic and security challenges.

Iraq's widely reviled parliament mired in turmoil

Baghdad - As Iraq faces jihadists, financial woes and endemic corruption, parliament -- the heart of its government -- has been mired in turmoil and failed to address the country's problems.
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