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Britain confirms EU referendum in Queen's Speech

London - Prime Minister David Cameron's government confirmed it will hold a referendum on whether Britain should leave the EU Wednesday in a policy speech read by Queen Elizabeth II on Westminster's grandest day.

Queen to outline Cameron's plans after UK poll win

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives unveil their programme for government Wednesday after a surprise clear win at this month's general election which will lead to a referendum on leaving the EU.

EU lawmakers accuse states of passing buck on migrants

Strasbourg - EU lawmakers on Wednesday accused some member states of passing the buck by rejecting a Brussels plan for binding quotas for refugees making the dangerous Mediterranean crossing.

French lawmakers set to OK controversial spy bill

Paris - French lawmakers are set to approve a new law Tuesday granting the state sweeping powers to spy on its citizens despite criticism from rights groups that the bill is vague and intrusive.

Big Brother or vital protection? French MPs set to OK spy bill

Paris - Four months after jihadist attacks in Paris killed 17 people, French MPs are set to approve a controversial bill giving spies sweeping new surveillance powers deemed "heavily intrusive" by critics.

EU's Juncker calls for legal immigration to curb tragedies

Strasbourg - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday urged EU nations to increase legal immigration in a bid to avoid more migrant deaths in the Mediterranean.

S.Africa suspends parliament to fight xenophobia

Cape Town - South Africa's parliament will be suspended from next week to enable lawmakers to return to their constituencies to spread the anti-xenophobia message, in the wake of deadly attacks on African migrants.

EU parliament urges Turkey to recognise 'Armenian genocide'

Brussels - The European Parliament on Wednesday urged Turkey to use the centenary of Ottoman-era massacres to "recognise the Armenian genocide" and help promote reconciliation between the two peoples.

French MPs mull new spy laws in wake of attacks

Paris - More than three months after Islamist attacks in Paris that killed 17, French MPs on Monday began debating controversial new laws allowing spies to hoover up data from suspected jihadists.

North Korea parliament meet watched for policy, personnel change

Pyongyang - North Korea's legislative assembly was to hold a rare session on Thursday, with observers looking out for any changes to economic policy or a reshuffle of high-ranking officials.

French senate rejects law punishing prostitutes' clients

Paris - France's upper house of parliament rejected a draft law Tuesday penalising clients of prostitution, as the country wrestles with how to legislate the world's oldest profession.

Turkey approves tough anti-protest law after all-night debate

Ankara - The Turkish parliament on Friday passed a stripped down version of its controversial homeland security bill that has enraged the opposition, after a 16-hour debate that lasted all night.

Three killed in Ukraine as lawmakers adopt law on status of rebel east

Kiev - Ukraine's parliament on Tuesday adopted two bills enshrining greater autonomy for areas controlled by pro-Russian rebels, in line with a peace deal that continues to be marred by deadly skirmishes.

Ukraine unveils draft bills on rebel autonomy

Kiev - Ukraine on Monday said it will vote this week on bills granting separatist areas in the east special status in line with a February peace deal, as one soldier died in continuing sporadic clashes.

Turkey government steps back on controversial security bill

Ankara - The Turkish government took an unexpected step back on its controversial homeland security bill, taking the legislation out of parliament and sending it back to a committee for further revision.

Security alert prompted as man spotted on the roof of Parliament

An arrest has been made after a man was spotted pacing around on the roof of the houses of Parliament in London late last night, prompting negotiators, police and the fire service to attend the scene in England's capital.

Number of women lawmakers doubles in 20 years, but stagnating

Ginebra - The share of women in the world's parliaments has almost doubled in the last two decades but progress seems to be stagnating, the International Parliamentary Union said Thursday.

Tajikistan parliamentary voting sullied by pressure on opponents

Dushanbe - The ruling People's Democratic Party of Tajikistan (PDPT) is expected to sweep parliamentary voting Sunday in the former Soviet republic in polling tainted by complaints of pressure from opposition parties.

Fresh brawl in Turkish parliament over protest bill

Ankara - The Turkish parliament descended into fresh chaos Thursday with lawmakers exchanging punches for a second time over a controversial bill to boost police powers against protesters, local media reported.

Sunni Iraqi MPs boycott parliament after tribal chief killed

Baghdad - Iraqi Sunni lawmakers said Sunday they were boycotting parliament after the killing of a senior tribal leader was blamed on Shiite militia, sparking fresh tensions between the two communities.

Peace group pickets Parliament on opening day Special

Edmonton - January 26 was opening day for 2015 in Canada's national Parliament and saw protests by peace groups across the country.

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.
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