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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.

Polish law sparks fears over judicial independence

Varsovia - Poland's parliament adopted a law giving the justice ministry control over the prosecutor's office, further stoking concerns about the state of democracy in the EU member.

Battle begins in Italy parliament over gay civil unions

Rome - Italy's Senate on Thursday begins examining a civil union bill for same-sex couples, a topic which has profoundly divided the country and could prove toxic for Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's government.

Danish parliament approves controversial migrant bill

Copenhagen - Denmark's parliament on Tuesday adopted reforms aimed at dissuading migrants from seeking asylum by delaying family reunifications and allowing authorities to seize valuables, under legislation that has sparked widespread condemnation.

Venezuela ministers shun hearing on economic crisis

Caracas - Venezuelan government ministers refused Thursday to go before their opposition rivals for a key legislative hearing on economic emergency measures in the crisis-hit nation, officials said.

Denmark moves ahead with bill to curb migrants' rights

Copenhagen - Danish lawmakers on Thursday gave a final nod to drastic reforms curbing the rights of asylum seekers as legal and human rights experts castigated Copenhagen for turning its back on its international commitments.

French parliament to probe handling of 2015 attacks: MP

Paris - The French parliament will create a commission to investigate the government's handling of last year's terror attacks, the parliamentary leader of the opposition Republicans party said Tuesday.

Serbia PM calls for snap elections with EU in mind

Belgrade - Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on Sunday called for early elections in a bid to cement stability as the Balkan country negotiates its accession into the European Union.

Spanish parliament elects Socialist as speaker

Madrid - Spanish lawmakers on Wednesday picked a Socialist as parliamentary speaker, in the first pact between rival parties still engaged in talks to form a government since last month's inconclusive election.

Danish lawmakers debate seizing refugees' valuables

Copenhagen - Denmark's parliament on Wednesday debated a controversial plan to seize refugees' valuables, with the bill widely expected to pass after being backed by a majority of lawmakers.

Haiti parliament returns after year of inaction

Port-au-prince - Deputies and senators took their seats in Haiti's parliament, enabling the fragile democracy's legislature to reconvene after a prolonged crisis but still facing a credibility shortfall.

Egypt's first parliament since 2012 sworn in

Cairo - Egypt's new parliament convened on Sunday, in its first session in three years, after a legislative election dominated by pro-government candidates in the absence of any opposition.

Egypt's first parliament since 2012 sworn in

Cairo - Egypt's new parliament convened on Sunday, in its first session in three years, after a legislative election dominated by pro-government candidates in the absence of any opposition.

Polish government takes control of public media with new law

Varsovia - Poland's conservative government took control of state media Wednesday after new legislation giving it the power to directly appoint the heads of public broadcasters was rushed through parliament, despite EU concern and condemnation from rights watchdo...

Venezuela's embattled president says vote 'irregularities' probed

Caracas - Embattled socialist President Nicolas Maduro, who lost control of Venezuela's National Assembly in polls earlier this month, said that fraud had marred the vote, which was being investigated.

Giorgi Kvirikashvili confirmed as Georgia PM

Tbili - Georgia's parliament confirmed Wednesday former foreign minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili as the country's prime minister, six days after Irakli Garibashvili's surprise resignation from the post.

India passes bill increasing penalties for juveniles in 'heinous crimes'

New Delhi - Indian lawmakers Tuesday passed a bill allowing harsher punishments for juveniles aged 16-18 after an outcry over the release of a young rapist who served three years in a detention facility for his part in a notorious gang-rape in 2012.

Danish MEP quits ruling party over asylum policies

Copenhagen - A European lawmaker for Denmark's ruling right-wing party said Saturday he was leaving the party over its controversial asylum policies, which include plans for police to search asylum seekers' luggage for valuables.

Kosovo MPs stage new tear gas protest

Kosovo's opposition released tear gas in parliament for a sixth time Monday, despite a recent reprimand from the US secretary of state over the ongoing disruption.

Three Kosovo MPs detained over fifth tear gas protest

Kosovo police detained three opposition MPs for questioning Monday after tear gas was used to disrupt parliament for a fifth time, two days ahead of a rare visit by a US Secretary of State.

Turkey parliament elects pro-Erdogan lawmaker as new speaker

Ankara - Turkey's parliament, dominated by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party after its victory in November 1 elections, on Sunday chose a septuagenarian ruling party lawmaker to serve as the new speaker.

Portuguese parliament backs adoption by gay couples

Lisbon - The Portuguese parliament, which swung left at last month's general election, backed a law to allow same-sex couples to adopt, in a first reading of the bill on Friday.

Myanmar ruling party MPs gracious in defeat — for now

Nay Pyi Taw - Dumped from his parliamentary seat by Myanmar's voters, ruling party lawmaker Saw Hla Tun says he accepts defeat and is ready to help newcomers from Aung San Suu Kyi's pro-democracy movement settle in -- an encouraging sign in a country known for its p...

Kosovo police arrest 13, fire tear gas in protest clashes

Pristina - Kosovo police fired tear gas and arrested 13 protesters Wednesday during clashes in which demonstrators threw stones and Molotov cocktails outside parliament in the latest eruption of anger over relations with Belgrade.

Erdogan asks Turkey PM to form new government

Ankara - Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday asked Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form a new government, two weeks after an election in which the ruling party regained the overall majority it had lost five months ago.

Protests erupt in and outside Kosovo's parliament

Kosovo's opposition fired tear gas and pepper spray in parliament Tuesday while protesters outside threw stones and paint, in the latest eruption of a long-running protest against agreements made with Serbia.

Snowden hails 'extraordinary' EU vote on protection offer

Strasbourg - US intelligence whistle-blower Edward Snowden on Thursday hailed a European Parliament vote urging EU member states to take him in and offer protection as an "extraordinary" gesture of support.
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