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Venezuela says won't expel envoy, but demands EU action

Caracas - Venezuela on Thursday reversed a decision to expel the EU's ambassador in a tense stand off with Brussels over sanctions, but Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Caracas expected action in return.

Venezuela says won't expel envoy, but demands EU action

Caracas - Venezuela expects "gestures" from the European Union after reversing its decision to expel the bloc's ambassador, Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Thursday.

German MPs bid to close case on ECB bond-buying row

Frankfurt Am Main - Germany's parliament is expected to put to bed Thursday fears that the country's powerful central bank could be barred from participating in a crucial eurozone-wide bond-buying scheme.

French 'Black Code' author's statue defaced in Paris

Paris - The statue of Jean-Baptiste Colbert, the man behind a legal decree that defined the conditions of slavery in the French colonies, was defaced with red paint in Paris on Tuesday.

Israel parliament scraps sessions after lawmaker gets virus

Jerusalem - Israel's parliament told employees to remain home and cancelled lawmaker meetings on Thursday, after a member of the Arab-led Joint List tested positive for coronavirus.

Conservative ex-Tehran mayor Ghalibaf elected Iran speaker

Tehran - Iran's new parliament on Thursday elected former Tehran mayor Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf as its speaker, consolidating the power of conservatives ahead of next year's presidential election.

Rouhani urges Iran MPs to 'cooperate' as parliament opens

Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani urged lawmakers to "cooperate" with his government in a speech Wednesday during the inaugural session of the new parliament following a February election swept by conservatives.

Sex offenders, bullying and number plates: China's parliament proposals

Beijing - As delegates gather in Beijing for the annual session of China's rubber-stamp parliament, some of them have put forward proposals for laws relating to a wide range of everyday matters.

UK parliament eyes return to old ways after digital flirtation

London - It took a global pandemic to bring Britain's parliament into the 21st century but the government wants to abandon the new virtual debates and voting from June -- and not everybody is happy.

UK parliament returns with virtual virus measures

London - The British parliament returns on Tuesday from an extended Easter break, with MPs encouraged to attend via videolink for the first time as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

Israel MPs tasked with ending deadlock over unity govt

Jerusalem - Israel's parliament was tasked with forming a government on Thursday after speaker Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin missed a deadline to seal an alliance, but both sides said negotiations would continue.

Israel MPs tasked with ending deadlock over unity govt

Jerusalem - Israel's president on Thursday tasked parliament with forming a government after its centrist speaker Benny Gantz failed to reach a unity deal with right-wing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Israel's Gantz elected speaker, to seek unity govt with Netanyahu

Jerusalem - Israel's Benny Gantz called for an emergency unity government after being elected parliament speaker Thursday, surprise developments that point towards an interim alliance with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to tackle coronavirus.

Canada lawmakers pass coronavirus aid package after all-night session

Ottawa - Canadian lawmakers Wednesday morning approved a more than Can$100 billion aid package to help individuals and businesses through the pandemic, after all-night negotiations on what emergency powers to grant the minority government.

Netanyahu ally resigns as speaker of Israel parliament

Jerusalem - The speaker of Israel's parliament, an ally of Benjamin Netanyahu, resigned Wednesday, clearing the way for a vote that could see him replaced by an opponent of the embattled premier.

French parliament declares emergency over coronavirus spread

Paris - France's two-chamber parliament on Sunday declared a health emergency in the country to counter the spread of the coronavirus, giving the government greater powers to fight the pandemic.

Greece's first woman president vows to defend borders, rights, warns on virus

Athens - Greece's first woman president began her term on Friday with a pledge to protect the country's borders and defend human rights, whilst warning Greeks to follow health rules as the country grapples with over 100 coronavirus cases.

Four women at forefront of Israel's Arab political surge

Nazareth - Newly elected Israeli MP Iman al-Khatib, greeting supporters in Nazareth, shook hands with women but tapped her heart with her right hand for men.

European Parliament speaker self-isolates after Italy visit

Apo - European Parliament speaker David Sassoli said Tuesday he had gone into self-isolation in his Brussels residence for two weeks after visiting his virus-struck native Italy.

MEPs irked by Greta visit despite virus ban

Apo - European lawmakers on Tuesday complained that a visit by eco-warrior Greta Thunberg to European Parliament is set to go ahead despite a moratorium on all outside visits to the chamber.

New Irish parliament sits as government formation flounders

Dublin - Ireland's parliament resumes on Thursday for the first time since this month's general election, with no new government in place and the three biggest parties locked in coalition talks.

S.Africa protest forces president to suspend state of union speech

Cape Town - South Africa's far-left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) lawmakers protested rowdily in parliament on Thursday, forcing President Cyril Ramaphosa to abandon his annual state of the nation address.

Growing bill to fix Britain's Big Ben

London - The bill to repair London's iconic Big Ben clock tower has increased by millions of pounds after the discovery of World War II bomb damage, pollution and asbestos, Britain's parliament said Thursday.

Azerbaijan ruling party wins polls but observers question results

Bakou - Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev's ruling party on Monday celebrated a huge win in snap parliamentary polls but international observers and the opposition denounced sweeping violations ranging from fraud to intimidation.

Azerbaijian ruling party leads early poll results: officials

Bakou - Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev's ruling party won a majority of seats in snap parliamentary polls, according to early results, the election commission said Monday.

Azerbaijan ruling party wins vote, opposition cries foul

Bakou - Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev's ruling party on Sunday won a majority of seats in snap parliamentary polls, according to exit polls, as the opposition denounced what it said was mass electoral fraud.

Brawl erupts in Ukraine parliament over controversial land reform

Kiev - A brawl broke out in Ukraine's parliament and hundreds of people protested outside the legislature on Thursday as passions heated up over a controversial land reform bill.

Emotional final week for British MEPs

Apo - Some will walk away with bitter regret. Others will march off with their flag held high. But British MEPs of every stripe face an emotional final week in Brussels.

Russian MPS give quick first approval to Putin reforms

Moscow - Russian lawmakers on Thursday unanimously approved a sweeping constitutional reform bill put forward by President Vladimir Putin in its first reading, after less than two hours of debate.

Russian lawmakers to debate Putin's constitution reform

Moscow - Russia's State Duma on Thursday was set to discuss the constitutional amendment bill submitted by President Vladimir Putin, a reform plan unlikely to meet any serious criticism in parliament.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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COMMANDING PRESENCE: Greek politician Alexis Tsipras.
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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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A woman filming a press conference
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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.
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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Big Ben, London's iconic clock, has been running six seconds fast the past week or so.
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A man was arrested after spending the night on the roof of Parliament
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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.
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.
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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