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Russia passes bill targeting bloggers and journalists

Russia’s lower house of parliament has passed a bill that gives the government the right to register bloggers, journalists and social media users as foreign agents.


Some autistic youths detained in UK in “horrific” conditions

A British Parliamentary committee says some young people with autism or learning disabilities are being detained under “horrific” conditions and has called for an urgent overhaul of the medical system …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Brexit in limbo as Boris Johnson wins one vote, loses another

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson won one vote and lost another in Parliament on Tuesday, a result that inches him closer to his goal of leading Britain out of the …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Canada’s Trudeau wins 2nd term but nation more divided

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won a second term in a stronger-than-expected showing in Canada’s national elections, claiming a “clear mandate” Tuesday despite a Parliament and nation increasingly fractured along regional …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019

An unrepentant Boris Johnson faces raucous Parliament

An unrepentant Prime Minister Boris Johnson brushed off cries of “Resign!” and dared his foes to try to topple him Wednesday at a raucous session of Parliament, a day after …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019

Top UK court: Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was illegal

In a decision that badly undermines Boris Johnson’s authority, Britain’s highest court ruled unanimously Tuesday that the prime minister broke the law by suspending Parliament in a way that squelched …


UK top court aims to rule next week on Parliament shutdown

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was accused by one of the country’s former leaders of obstructing Parliament by shutting down the legislature for five weeks, as a landmark legal challenge …


UK govt insists suspension of Parliament was not illegal

The British government was back at the country’s Supreme Court on Wednesday, arguing that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend Parliament for five weeks just before the country is …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019

Johnson to suspend UK Parliament after latest Brexit defeat

The simmering showdown between Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Britain’s Parliament over Brexit came to a head as lawmakers delivered three defeats to the government’s plans for leaving the European …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 3, 2019

Major defeat for British PM as lawmakers seize Brexit agenda

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson suffers big defeat in Parliament as rebels seize control of Brexit agenda.


Brexit, domestic drama and Trump drive UK leadership race

The race to become Britain’s next leader has been dominated by Brexit, but disrupted by domestic drama and Donald Trump.


10 candidates running in Brexit-dominated UK leadership race

Leading lawmakers from Britain’s governing party battled over Brexit as the contest to become the next Conservative prime minister officially kicked off Monday with the declaration of 10 candidates for …


UPDATED: Mon., May 27, 2019

Ousted by parliament, Austria’s Kurz vows to win job back

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was ousted by parliament in a no-confidence vote Monday, paving the way for a new election. The young leader, riding high in popular support, defiantly vowed …


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019

Dutch, UK voters kick off 4-day European Parliament vote

Dutch and British voters on Thursday kicked off four days of elections across the European Union for the bloc’s Parliament, a vote that pits supporters of close European integration against …


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019

Britain’s May hunkers down as premiership enters final stage

British Prime Minister Theresa May was hunkered down with close allies Thursday as she considered whether to give in to relentless pressure to resign, or fight on to save her …


UPDATED: Tue., May 21, 2019

Ukraine’s president calls new parliamentary election

Ukraine’s new president on Tuesday formally ordered Ukraine’s parliament to dissolve and called an early election for July, hoping to ride the wave of his electoral success to get his …


Ukraine’s new leader moves quickly to dissolve parliament

Emboldened by his stunning victory last month, Ukrainian TV star Volodymyr Zelenskiy moved swiftly Monday to dissolve the country’s parliament, moments after he was sworn in as the country’s new …


UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019

Notre Dame fire raises fears for UK’s crumbling Parliament

For some Britons who watched Notre Dame burn so fiercely in Paris, the horror was mixed with apprehension. What happened to the French landmark this week could easily befall the …


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019

Australian Parliament to make platforms curb livestreaming

Australia’s Parliament passed legislation Thursday that could imprison social media executives if their platforms stream violent images such as the New Zealand mosque shootings.


Brexit: Parliament to decide between no deal and delay

Britain’s bumpy journey out of the European Union took a major turn Tuesday, as Prime Minister Theresa May handed the steering wheel to Parliament, giving lawmakers the power to slam …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Brex-split: 7 lawmakers quit Labour over EU, anti-Semitism

Seven British lawmakers have quit the main opposition Labour over its approach to Brexit and anti-Semitism, in the biggest shakeup in years to Britain’s main political parties


Brexit sparks showdown between UK Parliament and government

As Brexit enters its endgame, the big divide is not between the U.K. and the European Union, but between Britain’s government and its Parliament.


Palestinian president to dissolve parliament, Hamas irate

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas pledged on Saturday to implement a court ruling and dissolve the parliament controlled by his rival Hamas movement, triggering warnings of chaos from the Islamic militant …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 31, 2018

Former Australian prime minister quits Parliament

Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull resigned from Parliament on Friday, triggering a by-election that could bring down the unpopular conservative government.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 14, 2018

UK police treat Parliament crash as terrorism, man arrested

A car plowed into pedestrians and cyclists near the Houses of Parliament in London during the morning rush hour Tuesday, injuring three people in what police suspect is the latest …


Turkey’s parliament debates changes to electoral laws

Turkey’s parliament on Monday began debating a set of changes to the country’s electoral laws which critics say are unconstitutional, designed to help President Recep Tayyip Erdogan consolidate power and …


Fugitive Catalan chief seeks parliament protection for vote

Catalonia’s fugitive ex-president, Carles Puigdemont, asked the region’s parliament on Monday to guarantee his right to attend a session this week in which he hopes to be re-elected government leader, …


Fugitive ex-Catalan leader calls on talks with Spain

The former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont called Friday for talks with his adversary, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, following snap regional elections that gave pro-independence parties a parliamentary majority.


Albania opposition protesters in clashes outside parliament

Albanian police clashed with opposition supporters who tried to force their way into parliament Monday to disrupt a vote on the appointment of an interim prosecutor general.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 13, 2017

UK Parliament to have final say on Brexit deal

British lawmakers delivered a blow to Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans Wednesday by giving Parliament the final say on any exit agreement the government reaches with the European Union.