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Yemen parliament postpones meeting on president resignation

Sanaa - Yemen's parliament on Sunday again postponed an extraordinary session which had been due to discuss President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi's resignation, prolonging the power vacuum gripping the country.

DR Congo drops contested part of election bill after deadly protests

Kinshasa - The Democratic Republic of Congo's lawmakers on Saturday agreed to scrap a contested part of an electoral bill that triggered days of deadly protests over claims it would have enabled President Joseph Kabila to extend his grip on power.

Iran lawmakers drafting law on nuclear enrichment hike

Tehran - Iran's parliament has started to draft a law that would allow the country's nuclear scientists to intensify their uranium enrichment, a step that could complicate ongoing talks with world powers.

Greek parliament fails for second time to elect a president

Athens - Greece moved closer on Tuesday to early elections that could undermine its international bailout and rekindle a eurozone crisis after lawmakers failed for a second time to elect a president.

Castro hails US-Cuba thaw, but says won't change political system

Havana - Cuban President Raul Castro said he was ready to discuss any topic with Washington after the historic bilateral rapprochement, but warned not to expect political change.

Too 'ugly' to rape: Brazil lawmaker comment sparks fury

Bras - A debate about sexual violence in Brazil sparked by a lawmaker's comments on the floor of Congress has spread beyond government chambers, triggering a national debate about rape and sexism in the South American nation.

Greece faces tall order to prevent early elections: Analysts

Athens - Greece's embattled government will be hard-pushed to forestall early elections -- and a blow to fiscal reforms -- by steering a snap presidential ballot through parliament next week, analysts say.

France eyes two-year deadline for Mideast peace

Paris - France's foreign minister Friday urged the international community to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict within two years, as the French parliament debated whether to recognise a Palestinian state.

French MPs to debate recognition of Palestine

Paris - French lawmakers were to debate on Friday a motion urging the government to recognise Palestine as a state, amid growing European frustration at the moribund Middle East peace process.

EU's Juncker survives confidence vote over Luxembourg tax breaks

Strasbourg - Jean-Claude Juncker sailed through a European Parliament no confidence vote over the "Luxleaks" tax scandal Thursday, but the European Commission chief still faces awkward questions just a month into his new job.

Denmark: Public-supported ban on male circumcision sparks debate

A poll conducted by a newspaper in Denmark showed that almost three-quarters of Danes think that circumcision should be restricted or banned completely, and this prompted Denmark's parliament to debate the issue earlier today.

Juncker unveils giant plan to 'kickstart' Europe economy

Strasbourg - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker revealed a huge 315-billion euro investment plan Wednesday to "kickstart" the stalling economy, although critics lamented the lack of any new money.

Netanyahu warns of 'grave mistake' if France recognises Palestine

Jerusalem - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that France's parliament would be making a "grave mistake" if it recognises a Palestinian state in a vote on December 2.

Female Afghan MP survives suicide attack, 3 dead

Kabul - A suicide bomber on Sunday attacked the vehicle convoy of a prominent female Afghan MP near the parliament in Kabul, killing three civilians and injuring 22 others, officials said.

Iranian Parliament hitting heads

In order to create a strong position, Ahmadabadi has to defend his views through a glare of assumptive negativity of associations with a certain letter...

Israel warns UK Palestine vote undermines peace prospects

Jerusalem - Israel warned Tuesday that a vote by British parliament in favour of recognising a Palestinian state risked undermining the prospects for peace.

Op-Ed: FIPA undermines sovereignty of Canada, First Nations – Don Davies Special

Vancouver - Don Davies, Canadian Member of Parliament for the NDP representing the riding of Vancouver Kingsway, discusses the approval of the Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) and its future impact on Canada and First Nations.

Ex-prostitute ends long march for French bill to penalise clients

Paris - A former prostitute who walked 800 kilometres (500 miles) across France to demand that the government make good on its promise to penalise clients ended her protest march in Paris Sunday.

Greek PM narrowly wins parliamentary confidence vote

Athens - Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras won a parliamentary confidence vote, which he called in a bid to rally support, but which provided him with only a narrow majority.

Turkey submits request to parliament for Syria, Iraq military action

Istanbul - The Turkish government on Tuesday said it has asked parliament to authorise military action in Iraq and Syria to halt the advance of Islamic State (IS) jihadists.

French parliament approves jihadist travel ban

Paris - France's parliament approved a new anti-terror bill aimed at preventing potential jihadists from travelling to Iraq, Syria or elsewhere by confiscating their passports.

Uganda anti-gay law to be re-introduced in parliament: Speaker

Kampala - Ugandan lawmakers will vote on reinstating a severe anti-gay law just weeks after it was scrapped by the country's constitutional court, the parliamentary speaker said on Tuesday.

Interview: Ben Fearn, the youngest ever Liberal Democrat PPC Special

A 21-year-old from Matlock, Derbyshire, is set to make history by being the youngest ever Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate.

Italy's Renzi runs into trouble on key reform

Rome - Italy's energetic Premier Matteo Renzi has staked his reputation at home and abroad on an ambitious reform agenda, but he may have underestimated how difficult it would be to win over unruly opposition parties.

German official says crystal meth makes him work harder

Berlin - German Member of Parliament (MP), Michael Hartmann, has admitted to using crystal meth. The police were notified by a drug dealer.

German Socialist Martin Schulz elected new EU parliament president

Strasbourg - German Social-Democrat Martin Schulz was elected on Tuesday to head the European Parliament in the first session since elections in May.

Newly-elected Iraq parliament opens first session

Baghdad - Iraq's newly-elected parliament opened its first session on Tuesday to begin forming a new government following April 30 elections.

Ukraine offers regions more powers to calm insurgency

Kievpetrovsky Port - Ukraine's new Western-backed president is due on Thursday to submit constitutional changes expanding regional powers in the hope the measure will help calm a bloody pro-Russian insurgency convulsing his ex-Soviet state.

S. Korea's Park keeps PM who resigned over ferry disaster

Seoul - After two failed attempts to appoint a new prime minister, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye announced Thursday her "agonised" decision to retain the incumbent who resigned over April's ferry disaster.

Polish PM survives vote of confidence over bugging scandal

Warsaw - Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk on Wednesday survived a vote of confidence in his coalition amid a high-profile bugging scandal that has prompted calls for his centre-right government to resign.
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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.
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Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper (R) applauds as the Aga Khan (2nd R), spiritual leader of Ismaili Muslims, receives a standing ovation before addressing a joint session of Parliament in the House of Commons in Ottawa February 27, 2014
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Volodymyr Litvyn shielded by umbrellas in the Ukraine parliament as eggs are hurled at him
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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.