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UK Parliament to grill FA officials over Eni Aluko bullying claims

Football Association officials will be forced to publicly answer questions about the botched investigations into Eni Aluko’s complaint against England women’s manager Mark Sampson after being hauled in front of a parliamentary inquiry. An internal investigation and independent inquiry, led by barrister Katharine Newton, found no wrong-doing on Sampson’s part ...

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Australia’s Parliament takes a turn toward satire

Australia’s government has just limped through its most farcical week since the 2013 election, courtesy of a dual-citizenship scandal that has shaken the parliament and threatened the Turnbull government’s slim one-seat majority. Since Senator Scott Ludlam announced his shock retirement after the discovery that he held New Zealand citizenship in ...

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Australian senator defends wearing burka in parliament after backlash

An Australian politician has told Sky News she stands by her stunt of wearing a burka in parliament despite facing a backlash. Senator Pauline Hanson has been widely condemned after wearing a full-length black burka as part of her campaign to have it banned. One Nation party leader Senator Pauline ...

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Lebanon parliament scraps rape law

Lebanon’s parliament on Wednesday abolished a law which allowed convicted rapists to avoid punishment by marrying their victims. “The repeal of article 522 is an important and overdue step to protect women’s rights in Lebanon,” said Bassam Lebanon, the Lebanon researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Parliament should now follow this ...

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Pakistani court recommends review of blasphemy Law

ISLAMABAD — A court is recommending a review of Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy law to prevent people from being falsely accused of crimes punishable by death. Islamabad High Court Judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqi who called for the review last Friday in a ruling relating a matter where some people drag their ...

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Transgender bill hits Pakistan parliament

The bill is the first piece of proposed legislation that extends recognition to this often-ignored segment of society, Dawn news reported. For the first time, a legislation has been introduced in Pakistan’s lower house of parliament to protect the fundamental rights of transgender people in the conservative Muslim nation. The ...

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Iran’s Rouhani presents new ministers to Parliament

LONDON (Reuters) – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani presented his cabinet to parliament for a vote of confidence on Tuesday, keeping in place the chief architect of Tehran’s nuclear accord with global powers. In his first term, Rouhani championed an agreement with the United States and five other powers in 2015 ...

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New Zealand: New Telecommunications price regulation bill tabled in Parliament

Telecommunications legislation is being tabled in parliament to bring the regulatory pricing regime for fibre and copper line infrastructure in line with their electricity and gas distribution counterparts. Today’s bill paves the way for a regulated pricing regime for fibre from 2020 and deregulating wholesale copper line access where it ...

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