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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.

Dumb in the Duma? Shock in Russia over lawmakers' 'absurd' bills

Moscow - If Russian lawmakers have their way, smoking for women under 40 will soon be banned, advertisement for condoms and pregnancy tests will be banished from the pages of mainstream media and using foreign words will result in a steep fine.

EU Parliament pushes Juncker's 'right' to be Commission head

Brussels - The main political groups in the European Parliament on Thursday backed the "democratic" right of Jean-Claude Juncker to be the next head of the European Commission, in the face of fierce opposition from Britain.

Spain lawmakers approve king abdication by wide margin

Madrid - Spanish lawmakers approved on Wednesday the abdication of King Juan Carlos by a wide margin, paving the way for his son Felipe to take the scandal-hit throne despite anti-royalist protests.

German MPs vote to quiz Snowden in Moscow

Berlin - German deputies probing US spying said Thursday they would seek to question fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden in Moscow within the next four weeks.

Greek parliament lifts immunity for Golden Dawn leader

Athens - Angry scenes unfolded in Greece's parliament on Wednesday after lawmakers voted to lift immunity for the jailed leader of extreme right party Golden Dawn and two of his deputies."Shame on you, pseudo-oliticians...

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen seeks power in Brussels

Brussels - Fresh from victory in European elections in France, far-right leader Marine Le Pen said Wednesday she was confident of creating a new eurosceptic group within weeks inside the European Parliament.

Ukraine upends Poland's EU election campaign

Warsaw - The Ukraine crisis has shifted Poland's campaign for next month's European elections, boosting the governing centre-right party's chances as its prime minister reassures voters nervous about Russia's next move.

European Parliament approves 'banking union' reforms

Strasbourg - The European Parliament approved on Tuesday the last elements of a new set of rules to prevent failing banks from ever again driving EU member states into bankruptcy.

Spain faces divide after blocking Catalan referendum

Barcelona - Spain faced a national divide Wednesday after its lawmakers overwhelmingly shot down Catalonia's bid for an independence referendum.

Spain faces divide after blocking Catalan referendum

Barcelona - Spain faced a national divide Wednesday after its lawmakers overwhelmingly shot down Catalonia's bid for an independence referendum.

Spain lawmakers set to reject Catalan independence bid

Madrid - Spanish lawmakers are set to vote Tuesday to shoot down Catalonia's quest for an independence referendum, setting the stage for a bitter sovereignty struggle.

EU reform to scrap mobile roaming fees

Brussels - The European Parliament on Thursday endorsed a sweeping package of EU telecommunications reforms, including a much-awaited measure to end roaming charges for cross-border mobile phone use.

Greece prepares to approve bill needed for fresh loans

Athens - The Greek parliament was expected to approve late on Sunday a bill required by the country's international lenders despite eleventh hour attempts to delay voting by the opposition.

Russian lower house ratifies treaty on taking Crimea

Moscow - Russia's lower house of parliament on Thursday ratified the treaty incorporating Crimea into Russian territory, in defiance of the international community's insistence that the peninsula is part of Ukraine, with just one deputy voting against.The vote ...

Russian lower house ratifies treaty on taking Crimea

Moscow - Russia's lower house of parliament on Thursday ratified in a rubber stamp vote the treaty incorporating Crimea into Russian territory, in defiance of the international community's insistence that the peninsula is part of Ukraine.

European Parliament prepares to scrap roaming fees

Brussels - Europe's plan to end roaming charges for cross-border mobile phone calls cleared its first hurdle on Tuesday, after a committee of the European Parliament voted for the controversial reform.The raft of measures, which includes the scrapping of unpopula...

Defiant Putin to address Russian parliament on Crimea

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin will address both houses of parliament on Tuesday over Crimea's vote to leave Ukraine and become part of Russia, the Kremlin and lawmakers said."The speech of the president with an address on Crimea has been scheduled f...

Populists to make inroads in EU parliament election

Brussels - Far-right and populist candidates are expected to make significant inroads in May European Parliament elections, but traditional parties are holding their ground despite debt crisis fatigue.While the strong anti-Europe rhetoric of many candidates may a...

Baidu-led partnership applies for China banking license

Baidu Inc has formed a partnership to apply for a private banking license, as China's biggest search engine provider moves from acting as a store front for money market funds to a certified financial institution.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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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Volodymyr Litvyn shielded by umbrellas in the Ukraine parliament as eggs are hurled at him
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.
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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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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.
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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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The French National Assembly building, Paris
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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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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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A woman filming a press conference
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