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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.

Protesters start leaving Iraq parliament: AFP photographer

Baghdad - Iraqi protesters, most of them supporters of powerful Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, were leaving the parliament building they stormed earlier on Saturday, an AFP photographer reported.

Rouhani allies win Iran parliament vote: unofficial results

Tehran - Reformist and moderate Iranian politicians allied with President Hassan Rouhani have won second round parliamentary elections, unofficial results showed Saturday, opening the door to them controlling the legislature.

Iran votes as Rouhani reformist allies seek control of parliament

- Iranians voted Friday in second round elections for almost a quarter of seats in parliament, the latest political showdown between reformists and conservatives seeking to influence the country's future.

Iran parliament in the balance in election run-offs

Tehran - Nearly a quarter of Iran's parliamentary seats are at stake Friday in an election in which reformists want to consolidate their recent comeback and minimise the clout of hardline lawmakers.

Belgium dropped probe into Paris attackers before massacre: Report

Brussels - Belgian police abandoned a probe into participants in the Paris attacks ahead of the massacre due to a lack of funds, despite flagging them as priority terror suspects, a report said on Tuesday.

Torture-praising politician seizes limelight in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - The growing popularity of a lawmaker who praises torture and military dictatorship is the latest sign of Brazil slipping into unpredictable -- and some say dangerous -- political territory.

Iraq speaker suspends parliament 'until further notice'

Baghdad - Embattled Iraqi parliament speaker Salim al-Juburi Tuesday announced the suspension of parliament sessions "until further notice" after a week of turmoil during which lawmakers brawled and sought to sack him.

EU parliament drivers had Islamic State propaganda: Press

Brussels - Two drivers for the European Parliament have been caught in possession of Islamic State propaganda, a German newspaper reported Saturday.
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