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Eye-catching winners in Russian vote

Moscow - The Russian parliament has traditionally housed some colourful characters, from Olympic champions and opera singers to cosmonauts and suspected criminals.

Jordan's Brotherhood eyeing greater clout in new vote

Amman - After years of self-imposed political exile, Jordan's influential Muslim Brotherhood is gearing up to compete in next week's general election aiming to reestablish its role as a major parliamentary force.

EU 'war' looms over fate of parliament head Schulz

Strasbourg - Moves to let European Parliament head Martin Schulz extend his tenure are sparking fresh infighting in the crisis-hit EU, with his opponents warning it would be akin to a declaration of war.

Token opposition enters Belarus parliament in first since 2008

Minsk - Two opposition candidates have been elected to parliament in ex-Soviet Belarus, the first time since 2008 that critics of strongman president Alexander Lukashenko have made it into the rubber-stamp legislature.

Opposition eyes victory as 3-day Seychelles vote winds up

Victoria - Voters in the tourism-dependent nation of Seychelles cast their ballots Saturday, the third and final day of a poll that may see the opposition win control of parliament for the first time in two decades.

British parliament should decamp for £3.9 bn repairs: lawmakers

London - British lawmakers should move out of London's iconic Houses of Parliament for six years while the crumbling building is renovated to avert a crisis, a parliamentary report said Thursday.

Tunisia parliament approves new unity government

Tunis - The new unity government of Youssef Chahed won resounding support from parliament, approving a new cabinet line-up which must tackle the country's pressing socio-economic and security challenges.

Iraq's widely reviled parliament mired in turmoil

Baghdad - As Iraq faces jihadists, financial woes and endemic corruption, parliament -- the heart of its government -- has been mired in turmoil and failed to address the country's problems.

French truck attack was planned for months, with accomplices

Paris - French truck attacker Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel had long plotted the carnage that killed 84 people, with the assistance of five suspects who are in custody, prosecutor Francois Molins said Thursday.

France probes possible security failings in Nice attack

Paris - French President Francois Hollande on Thursday promised "truth and transparency" from an inquiry into allegations of lax security the night of the Bastille Day attack in Nice that killed 84 people.

French lawmakers vote to extend state of emergency

Paris - French lawmakers voted massively Wednesday to extend a state of emergency as President Francois Hollande said that a call to boost reserve forces had paved the way towards a "National Guard.

UK's Cameron leaves with the line: 'I was the future once'

London - David Cameron bowed out of parliament as prime minister on Wednesday with a poignant echo on his own career, leaving with the line: "I was the future once.

Outgoing PM Cameron urges UK to stay close to EU

London - Outgoing Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday urged his successor Theresa May to try to keep Britain close to the EU even while negotiating to leave it, following last month's Brexit vote.

EU Parliament urges Brexit triggering 'as soon as possible'

Brussels - The European Parliament on Tuesday urged Britain to trigger the divorce process from the European Union as soon as possible after the shock referendum vote by British voters to leave the bloc.

European Parliament urges Britain to begin EU exit Tuesday

Berlin - The European Parliament's chief called Sunday for British Prime Minister David Cameron to begin formal proceedings to leave the EU at a summit this week.

Cameron urges unity 'against hatred' after British MP's murder

London - Prime Minister David Cameron urged people to unite against hatred on Monday as Britain's parliament held a tearful special session to honour murdered lawmaker Jo Cox.

Russian parliament gives initial backing to anti-doping legislation

Moscow - Russia's parliament on Wednesday initially backed legislation making it a crime to incite an athlete to use doping, as the country lobbies to overturn a doping-related ban against its athletes.

Czech coalition weakens over police reforms

Prague - The Czech centre-left coalition weakened Friday as a popular junior partner threatened to quit over a planned police reform, raising the spectre of an early election more than a year ahead of schedule.

N. Korea to convene rare parliamentary session on June 29

Seoul - North Korea announced Thursday it will convene a rare parliamentary session late this month, when it may confer a new title on leader Kim Jong-Un as he further tightens his grip on power.

UK lawmakers to vote on extending EU referendum registration

London - British lawmakers will vote on Thursday on extending the EU referendum registration deadline after the main website crashed, prompting accusations from Brexit campaigners of an attempt to skew the vote.

Greece to adopt more cuts, tax hikes for bailout cash

Atenas - Greece on Sunday was set to adopt fresh cuts and tax hikes ahead of a Eurogroup meeting that is expected to unlock desperately-needed bailout funds for the debt-ridden nation.

Merkel 'to raise concerns over Turkey's democracy' with Erdogan

Berlin - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will raise concerns over democracy in Turkey when she meets President Recep Tayyip Erdogan next week, her spokesman said Friday, as Ankara began a final vote on a contentious bill lifting parliamentary immunity.

Turkey approves controversial law scrapping immunity for MPs

Ankara - Turkey's parliament on Friday adopted a highly controversial bill that would lift immunity for dozens of pro-Kurdish and other MPs and could see them evicted from parliament, sparking fresh domestic and international concern.

Argentine president suffers first setback in congress

Buenos Aires - Argentine lawmakers handed conservative President Mauricio Macri his first legislative setback Thursday by passing a law aiming to curb job cuts that he says are needed to strengthen the economy.

Macedonia postpones June polls under EU pressure

Skopje - Crisis-hit Macedonia on Wednesday postponed elections due next month, after the European Union called on Skopje to delay the polls to ensure they could take place freely and fairly.

Turkey parliament backs hotly-contested immunity bill

Ankara - The Turkish parliament on Tuesday approved, in a preliminary vote, a controversial bill that would strip dozens of deputies of their parliamentary immunity and which pro-Kurdish lawmakers say is directly aimed at driving them out of the legislature.

Brawl erupts in S.Africa parliament as opposition party ejected

Cape Town - A brutal fistfight broke out in the South African parliament Tuesday as security guards ejected opposition lawmakers in an ugly fracas that underlined heightened political tensions over Jacob Zuma's presidency.

UK high heels at work petition hits parliament

London - A British petition against forcing women to wear high heels at work topped more than 100,000 signatories on Thursday, meaning it will be considered for debate in parliament.

Iran parliament urges ballistic missile improvements

Tehran - Iran's outgoing parliament approved a motion Sunday to increase the capabilities of the country's ballistic missiles, a military programme that has been ruled dangerous by the United Nations.

Iran's new parliament has more women than clerics

Tehran - Iran's new parliament will have more women than clerics when its members are sworn in this month, a first in the Islamic republic and a sign of the country's evolving politics.
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