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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.
In the Media by Eliana Robinson - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Dmitry Zaks (AFP)

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Anna Smolchenko (AFP)

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP

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...
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Alain Jean-Robert (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Bernard Osser (AFP)

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Daniel Bosque (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Daniel Bosque (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Sylvie Groult (AFP)

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP

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 ...
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by AFP

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...
In the Media by AFP

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...
In the Media by AFP - 1 comment

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...
In the Media by James Panichi (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Reuters

Russian parliament vows to back Crimea referendum result

Moscow - Russia's lower and upper houses of parliament on Friday pledged to vote into law the result of a "historic" March 16 referendum in the Ukrainian region of Crimea on becoming part of Russia.The speakers of both the State Duma and Federation Council stro...
In the Media by Stuart WILLIAMS (AFP)

Dalai Lama says no problem with gay marriage

Washington - The celibate Dalai Lama has thrown his considerable moral weight behind gay marriage, condemning homophobia and saying sex was fine as long as it was consensual.The Buddhist monk offered his views on the hot-button social issue during his latest tour o...
In the Media by Shaun Tandon (AFP)

China needs to curb risks posed by booming online finance: former ICBC president

China needs to regulate booming online financial services firms to curb the risks they pose to the wider financial sector, the former president of Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Yang Kaisheng, said on Thursday.
In the Media by Reuters

UK's House of Commons to open doors to Meryl Streep

London - Britain's House of Commons will open its doors to a commercial film crew for the first time next month in a bid to raise cash, welcoming Meryl Streep for a movie about the suffragettes, officials said.The Oscar-winning actress is appearing alongside Ca...
In the Media by AFP

China signals focus on reforms and leaner, cleaner growth

China sent its strongest signal yet that its days of chasing breakneck economic growth were over, promising to wage a "war" on pollution and reduce the pace of investment to a decade-low as ...
In the Media by Kevin Yao and Xiaoyi Shao (Reuters)
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Volodymyr Litvyn shielded by umbrellas in the Ukraine parliament as eggs are hurled at him
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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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Screenshot of YouTube video showing a recent brawl in the Ukrainian parliament
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Screenshot of YouTube video showing a recent brawl in the Ukrainian parliament
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Ottawa: Canadian House of Commons
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Ottawa: Canadian House of Commons
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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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Bundestag Bundeslauf: the 2010 race
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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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Gennady Gudkov
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Gennady Gudkov
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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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