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Delay risk as Britain's Lords begin Brexit bill debate

London - Britain's House of Lords could delay a bill empowering Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger Brexit, with EU citizens campaigning for their rights to be protected as debate got under way Monday.

'It's a lie', France's Le Pen says as fake job scandal deepens

Besan - French far-right leader and presidential candidate Marine Le Pen on Friday furiously rejected reports that she has admitted to giving her bodyguard a fake job as a European parliamentary aide. "It's a bare-faced lie.

Canada's Trudeau says world benefits from strong EU

Strasbourg - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told European lawmakers Thursday that the world is better off when the EU is strong, as anti-Brussels sentiment soars following the Brexit vote and Donald Trump's victory.

Spanish court blocks Catalan independence vote

Madrid - Spain's Constitutional Court quashed Tuesday a resolution by Catalonia's regional parliament calling for a referendum on independence this year, a ruling that will further stoke tensions with Madrid.

For Arab MPs, Israeli parliament 'harder than ever'

Jerusalem - It has never been easy being a lawmaker who identifies as Palestinian in the Israeli parliament, but today it is harder than ever, Arab Israeli MPs say.

Trump UK visit could sidestep parliament speech: report

London - The thorny issue of US President Donald Trump speaking to the British parliament might be sidestepped by staging his state visit when MPs are not sitting, a newspaper reported Saturday.

Fistfight in S.African parliament as guards eject MPs

Cape Town - A brawl broke out in South Africa's parliament Thursday as guards exchanged punches with opposition lawmakers who shouted down President Jacob Zuma as he tried to deliver his state of the nation address.

S.African troops deployed for state of nation address

Cape Town - South African President Jacob Zuma prepared to deliver his annual state of the nation address on Thursday after deploying more than 440 soldiers to prevent a repeat of violent clashes outside parliament.

UK speaker criticised over Trump parliament tirade

London - The Speaker of Britain's House of Commons came under fire Tuesday for saying he was "strongly opposed" to Donald Trump addressing parliament during the US president's state visit later this year.

EU parliament 'to take funds' from Le Pen salary

Brussels - The European Parliament will shortly begin taking money from the salary of French far-right leader Marine Le Pen to recover funds paid to a party assistant, a parliamentary source said Wednesday.

British MPs set Feb 20 for debate on Trump state visit

London - British MPs will hold a debate on February 20 on US President Donald Trump's state visit to Britain after 1.6 million people signed a petition calling for the trip to be downgraded.

UK govt publishes draft bill on triggering Brexit

London - Britain's government on Thursday published a draft law that would authorise Prime Minister Theresa May to begin the procedure for leaving the European Union, in an important milestone towards Brexit.

Schulz, EU veteran with popular touch to rival Merkel

Frankfurt Am Main - After years spent honing his political skills in Brussels, former EU parliament head Martin Schulz has returned home to enter the race for Germany's top job, seen as the only man popular enough to challenge Angela Merkel.

Venezuela opposition stages crisis protest march

Caracas - Rivals and allies of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro rallied in the streets Monday as the opposition demanded early elections to oust him over the country's economic and political crisis.

Venezuela opposition stages crisis protest march

Caracas - Rivals and allies of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro rallied in the streets Monday as the opposition demanded early elections to oust him over the country's economic and political crisis.

Venezuela opposition stages crisis protest march

Caracas - Rivals and allies of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro rallied in the streets Monday as the opposition demanded early elections to oust him over the country's economic and political crisis.

Turkey vote paves way for referendum on Erdogan powers

Ankara - Turkey will hold a referendum this spring on dramatically expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers after a parliamentary vote early Saturday backed changes that could leave him in power until 2029.

Turkey vote paves way for referendum on Erdogan powers

Ankara - Turkey will hold a referendum this spring on dramatically expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers after a parliamentary vote early Saturday backed changes that could leave him in power until 2029.

Turkey vote paves way for referendum on Erdogan powers

Ankara - Turkey will hold a referendum this spring on dramatically expanding President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's powers after a parliamentary vote early Saturday backed changes that could leave him in power until 2029.

Turkish MPs hurt in brawl over constitution reform

Ankara - At least two Turkish MPs were injured Thursday as brawls erupted in parliament between supporters and critics of a constitutional reform bill boosting the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, reports said.

'Affable' Berlusconi ally takes EU parliament top job

Strasbourg - An affable and canny Italian politician, Antonio Tajani on Tuesday snagged the European Parliament's top job in a comeback of sorts for his mentor Silvio Berlusconi.

Italy's Tajani elected EU parliament head

Strasbourg - Italy's Antonio Tajani, an ally of scandal-hit former premier Silvio Berlusconi, was elected as the new European Parliament president Tuesday after a bitterly fought vote.

EU parliament in tense election for new president

Strasbourg - The European Parliament elects a new president on Tuesday in a vote that promises to be stormy after a coalition aimed at keeping eurosceptics out of power broke down.

Turkey takes key step to expanding Erdogan powers

Istanbul - Turkey was a key step closer on Monday to dramatically expanding the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after parliament approved, on first reading, a bill critics fear will lead to one-man rule.

Turkish MPs back new constitution bolstering Erdogan powers

Istanbul - The Turkish parliament on Sunday passed in a first reading a controversial bill bolstering the powers of the presidency under Recep Tayyip Erdogan that critics claim will lead to one-man rule.

Poland's president signs disputed 2017 budget

Varsovia - Poland's president on Friday signed into law the country's disputed 2017 budget, which was at the centre of an unprecedented parliamentary sit-in staged by opposition MPs who allege it was adopted illegally.

Polish opposition halts month-long parliament sit-in

Varsovia - Poland's liberal opposition on Thursday called an end to its unprecedented month-long occupation of parliament after the governing conservatives scrapped controversial planned media restrictions.

'No deal' as Polish opposition sticks to parliament protest

Varsovia - Poland's parliament was paralysed Wednesday as liberal opposition MPs refused to end an unprecedented protest against what they say are anti-democratic actions by the government.

Talks fail to resolve Polish political crisis

Varsovia - Poland's political parties said Tuesday they failed to reach agreement in talks on ending an unprecedented sit-in protest in parliament over a budget vote.

Conservatives vow to battle eurosceptics in European Parliament

Brussels - The centre-right European People's Party (EPP) on Tuesday vowed to battle a growing threat from eurosceptics as it pushed its bid to take over the leadership of the European Parliament.
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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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