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Ukrainian parliament launches 'historic' land sale reform

Kiev - Ukrainian lawmakers on Wednesday backed a key bill to create a land market and open up the sale of farmland from 2020, despite a feared public backlash.

Catalan MPs irk Spain with new resolution on secession

Barcelona - Catalonia's separatist-dominated parliament drew a fresh rebuke from Spain on Tuesday after approving a text in favour of self-determination, despite it being suspended just minutes earlier by the Constitutional Court.

British MPs vote on new speaker after Bercow's departure

London - British MPs will on Monday select the new speaker of the House of Commons, once an unremarkable event but one now charged with significance following the previous occupant's role in Brexit.

Brexit translates to challenge for EU interpreters

Apo - English as a common language has in recent years scaled the heights of the European Union's 24-floor Tower of Babel, but will Brexit loosen its grip?

Peru court agrees to rule on president accused of acting unlawfully

- Peru's Constitutional Court on Tuesday accepted a request from the opposition to rule on whether President Martin Vizcarra unlawfully dissolved Congress last month.

Jailed Uighur Tohti wins European Parliament Sakharov rights award

Strasbourg - The European Parliament on Thursday awarded the Sakharov Prize for human rights to Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti, who has been sentenced to life imprisonment in China for "separatism".

Ukrainian MP takes lie detector test over corruption claims

Kiev - A lawmaker from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's party took a lie detector test on Wednesday after the president called for a group of MPs to be tested over corruption allegations.

Italy parliament votes to slash MP numbers

Rome - Italy's parliament on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved slashing the number of lawmakers, a move the left-leaning government hopes will help keep the far-right from power.

Anti-establishment parties battle political elite in Tunisia election

Tunis - Tunisians headed to the polls Sunday for the third round of legislative elections since the country's 2011 revolution, weeks after a presidential vote swept aside the post-Arab Spring political establishment.

Tunisians spoilt for choice in Sunday's parliamentary vote

Tunis - Just weeks after Tunisians rejected ruling political parties in the first round of presidential polls, voters are set to return to the ballot box on Sunday to elect a new parliament.

Voter says Canada party head should cut off turban to look Canadian

Montr - The head of a Canadian political party, who is Sikh, was interrupted at a Montreal market on Wednesday by a passerby who told him to take off his turban to "look like a Canadian," according to video seen on TV.

Romania's government threatened by no confidence vote

Bucharest - Romania's opposition on Tuesday initiated a no confidence vote against the ruling left-wing government, which finds itself in a vulnerable moment after it was recently abandoned by its coalition partner, was thrashed at the polls and saw its leader sen...

Peru president dissolves parliament, calls fresh elections

- Peru's president dissolved parliament and called for fresh elections Monday, prompting a vote by lawmakers to suspend him, deepening a long-running institutional crisis.

French MPs approve IVF for lesbians, single women

Paris - France moved Friday towards allowing lesbians and single women to conceive children with medical help, setting the stage for a clash with conservatives who say it would create generations of "fatherless" kids.

French bill extending IVF to lesbian couples set for rough ride in parliament

Paris - The French parliament was Tuesday to start debating a new draft law extending fertility treatment to lesbian and single women, with the bill facing a tough journey through the legislature in the face of bitter opposition from conservatives.

Macron moves to extend IVF to lesbians, single women

Paris - Six years after a same-sex marriage law that triggered months of mass protests, French President Emmanuel Macron risks roiling French conservatives again with plans to allow single women and lesbian couples to access fertility treatment.

UK parliament speaker vows to thwart PM over Brexit law

London - Britain's parliamentary speaker has warned Prime Minister Boris Johnson not to disobey the law by refusing to ask for a Brexit delay and vowed to thwart any attempt to circumvent legislation.

Brexit court ruling prompts calls to reverse parliament suspension

Edinburgh - British premier Boris Johnson faced calls Thursday to reverse his suspension of parliament after a Scottish court ruled it illegal, as government documents warned a no-deal Brexit could lead to civil unrest and shortages of food and medicines.

Georgian MPs approve controversial new prime minister

Tbili - Georgia's parliament on Sunday confirmed an ex-interior minister accused of cracking down on protesters as the country's new prime minister, fuelling political tensions in the ex-Soviet nation.

Slovak parliament expels MP for hate speech

Bratislava - Slovakia's parliament said on Tuesday it had expelled a far-right lawmaker found guilty of hate speech by the Supreme Court, in the first case of its kind in the EU country.

Ukraine's new PM: upbeat young lawyer in president's shadow

Kiev - Only 35 years old with just three months of experience in government, Oleksiy Goncharuk has become Ukraine's youngest ever prime minister amid a stalling economy and war in the east.

Ukraine president picks young lawyer as prime minister

Kiev - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday picked untested 35-year-old lawyer Oleksiy Goncharuk as his prime minister, as a new parliament met for the first time.

Romanian president says govt must seek confidence of MPs

Bucharest - Romania's president said Wednesday that the Social Democrat (PSD) minority government must seek the confidence of MPs, a move which could bring it down.

Court bids launched to stop Johnson suspending UK parliament

London - Prime Minister Boris Johnson's suspension of parliament weeks before Britain's EU departure date faced legal challenges on Thursday following a furious outcry from pro-Europeans and MPs opposed to a no-deal Brexit.

UK PM to suspend parliament until Oct 14

London - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Wednesday that the suspension of parliament would be extended until October 14 -- just two weeks before the UK is set to leave the EU -- enraging anti-Brexit MPs.

Venezuela threatens early elections to pressure opposition

Caracas - Threatening to bring forward parliamentary elections is the latest card played by Venezuela's regime to put pressure on the US-backed opposition at the negotiating table, analysts say.

Polish parliament elects new speaker after expenses scandal

Warsaw - Poland's parliament on Friday elected interior minister Elzbieta Witek as speaker, replacing Marek Kuchcinski who was forced to quit over an expenses scandal involving use of government aircraft for personal travel.

Polish parliament elects new speaker after expenses scandal

Warsaw - Poland's parliament on Friday elected former interior minister Elzbieta Witek as its speaker, replacing Marek Kuchcinski, who was forced to quit over an expenses scandal involving his alleged use of government aircraft for personal travel.

Indian Muslim 'instant divorce' ban hailed but faces court challenge

New Delhi - The Indian government and women's groups hailed "historic" legislation Wednesday that criminalised "instant divorce" for Muslims, but an influential Islamic group said it would launch a legal challenge.

Italy PM faces Russia cash questions after Salvini refusal

Rome - Italian premier Giuseppe Conte on Wednesday tried to answer parliament's questions about an alleged bid by Matteo Salvini's League party to broker covert Russian funding after the far-right minister refused.
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