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Zuma's ex-wife named MP ahead of key ANC leadership vote

Johanesburg - An ex-wife of South African President Jacob Zuma said Thursday that she was being re-appointed a lawmaker in parliament, in what is being seen as her latest step to secure the country's presidency in two years' time.

French MP-cum-entrepreneur invites paying guests to parliament

Paris - A French lawmaker has come under scrutiny for providing paid tours of parliament through her travel company, the chamber's speaker said Friday.Speaker Francois de Rugy said on Twitter that he had referred the case to the parliament's ethics watchdog.

French MP in Macron's party charged over violent clash

Paris - An MP in French President Emmanuel Macron's party was charged Saturday over a violent clash in Paris that left a rival Socialist official in hospital.

First order of business for new Kenyan MPs: more money

Nairobi - Kenya's freshly elected lawmakers have yet to take their seats, but some have already irked voters by asking for higher wages -- just weeks after a pay cut was introduced.

Eggs hurled in parliament as Maldives crisis drags on

Male - Lawmakers belonging to rival parties hurled eggs across the Maldives parliament Thursday in chaotic scenes described by a top US envoy as "disturbing" as a protracted political crisis in the honeymoon islands worsened.

Bell tolls for Big Ben as four-year silence begins

London - London landmark Big Ben fell silent for four years in front of a reverential crowd on Monday amid an outcry over the temporary loss of a cherished symbol of stability at a time of national uncertainty.

Chimes of the times: UK frets over Big Ben silence as Brexit looms

London - London landmark Big Ben will fall silent for four years from Monday as a political revolt rumbles on over renovations that will rob Britain of a cherished symbol at a time of national uncertainty.

Britain's Big Ben to fall silent for four years

London - Britain's much-loved Big Ben will fall silent for four years from next week as conservation work is carried out on the famous 19th century bell in a clock tower next to the Houses of Parliament.

S. Africa's Zuma survives vote to oust him

Cape Town - South African President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday survived a parliamentary vote of no confidence, with enough ANC lawmakers sticking by their leader despite divisions and fierce criticism of his rule.

South African MPs await ruling on Zuma vote

Cape Town - South Africa will learn Monday if a parliamentary vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma will be by secret ballot, a move that could encourage ANC lawmakers to oust him.

South African MPs await ruling on Zuma vote

Cape Town - South Africa will learn Monday if a parliamentary vote of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma will be by secret ballot, a move that could encourage ANC lawmakers to oust him.

ANC warns against dumping S.Africa president

Johanesburg - South Africa's ruling ANC party warned its legislators on Friday that voting for a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma next week would be a disaster for the country.

ANC warns against dumping S.Africa president

Johanesburg - South Africa's ruling ANC party warned its legislators on Friday that voting for a motion of no confidence against President Jacob Zuma next week would be a disaster for the country.

Kosovo faces potential political crisis

Pristina - Kosovo faces potential political crisis after its new parliament failed to elect a speaker on Thursday, casting doubt on whether the coalition that won June's snap polls can muster a majority.

Senegal picks MPs after tense election campaign

Dakar - Senegal's voters are set to elect a new parliament Sunday following campaigning wrought with tensions between the rival coalitions of President Macky Sall, his predecessor and Dakar's detained mayor.

Turkey parliament strips two pro-Kurdish MPs of status

Ankara - The Turkish parliament on Thursday voted to strip two pro-Kurdish lawmakers of their status of MP on the grounds of "absenteeism", their party said.

Polish parliament adjourns vote on contested court reform

Varsovia - Polish lawmakers suspended their debate on a controversial reform to the Supreme Court until Wednesday, after the leader of the governing party unleashed a diatribe against the opposition.

Polish president suggests compromise over court reforms

Varsovia - Polish President Andrzej Duda on Tuesday made a surprise compromise bid over controversial court reforms, as thousands of protesters took to the streets.

Polish senate passes controversial new court reforms

Varsovia - Poland's senate on Saturday adopted two controversial judicial bills, which the opposition claims is yet another step by the conservative majority towards undermining the separation of powers.

Venezuela gov't backers attack opposition National Assembly lawmakers

Caracas - Venezuelan pro-government militants wielding clubs and pipes stormed into the opposition-held National Assembly Wednesday, attacking lawmakers and leaving seven hurt including three with blood streaming from their heads.

Juncker regrets calling MEPs 'ridiculous'

Brussels - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker "regretted his choice of words" in calling MEPs "ridiculous" in the European Parliament this week, a spokesman said Wednesday.

Venezuela govt backers attack lawmakers in congress

Caracas - Dozens of pro-government activists stormed into the grounds of Venezuela's National Assembly Wednesday and attacked lawmakers, leaving several hurt and bleeding.

Juncker slams 'ridiculous' EU parliament

Strasbourg - European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker launched a blistering attack Tuesday on a nearly empty European Parliament, sparking bitter exchanges with the head of the EU's only directly elected institution.

DR Congo to probe ex-minister's suspected role in Kasai violence

Kinshasa - Parliament in the Democratic Republic of Congo has authorised the state prosecutor to probe alleged involvement by a former minister in violence rocking the Kasai region, a judicial source said Tuesday.

Polish lawmakers legalise medicinal marijuana

Varsovia - Poland's lower house of parliament, which is controlled by the conservatives, on Thursday voted to make medicinal marijuana legal under certain circumstances.

Man 'with knife' arrested outside UK parliament

London - London police on Friday arrested a man at the fence surrounding the British parliament on suspicion of carrying a knife, which comes nearly three months after an Islamist terror attack in the same area.

Man 'with knife' arrested outside UK parliament

London - London police on Friday arrested a man at the fence surrounding the British parliament on suspicion of carrying a knife, which comes nearly three months after an Islamist terror attack in the same area.

Man 'with knife' arrested outside UK parliament

London - London police on Friday arrested a man at the fence surrounding the British parliament on suspicion of carrying a knife, which comes nearly three months after an Islamist terror attack in the same area.

French right-winger on ropes as Macron newbies prepare for power

Paris - In the pre-Emmanuel Macron world of French politics, 44-year-old lawmaker Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet would only now be hitting her stride.But after Sunday's parliamentary election, the flamboyant right-winger could be looking for a new career.

Hungary passes tough anti-foreign NGO law

Budapest - Hungary's parliament approved Tuesday a crackdown on foreign-backed civil society groups despite an international outcry, in a move seen as targeting US billionaire George Soros.
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