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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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Australia: Parliament rejects Same-Sex Marriage

The Australian Parliament has rejected a move to legalize same-sex marriage in the country. Sen. Dean Smith, a gay member of the Liberal Party (which is actually conservative), drafted a bill that would have let lawmakers vote immediately on the issue. “It’s time for the party to put the matter ...

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Italian parliament gives green light to Libya naval mission

ROME (Reuters) – Italy’s parliament authorized on Wednesday a limited naval mission to help Libya’s coastguard curb migrant flows, which have become a source of growing political friction ahead of national elections expected early next year. An Italian official said Rome planned to send two boats to Libyan waters, with ...

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Australia MPs to vote on same sex marriage next week

Federal Parliament is expected to vote on same sex marriage next week when MP return from the winter break . Some Coalition MPs believe the deadlock on same-sex marriage is overshadowing the rest of the Government’s agenda. They are discussing ways to deal with the marriage issue — arguing that ending ...

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Pakistan Parliament to elect new prime minister on Tuesday

Islamabad: Pakistan’s parliament will meet on Tuesday to elect a new prime minister after the disqualification of three-term prime minister Nawaz Sharif. Sharif’s Pakistan Muslim League party, which enjoys a comfortable majority in parliament, nominated Sharif’s longtime loyalist Shahid Khaqan Abbasi for the top slot on Saturday. Sharif proposed Abbasi ...

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Turkey opposition stages sit-in to protest changes to parliamentary procedure

ANKARA – Turkey’s main opposition staged a sit-in on Thursday to protest against proposed changes to parliamentary procedure that it says will restrict lawmakers’ ability to challenge President Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling AK Party in the assembly. The move comes amid mounting concerns among opposition parties, human rights groups and Turkey’s ...

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Australia: Referendum Council endorses Uluru call for Indigenous voice to parliament

An Indigenous representative voice should be enshrined in the constitution, the prime minister’s Referendum Council has recommended, largely accepting the calls of the Uluru “statement from the heart”. Amid divided reactions to the report, the co-chairs of the council urged federal parliament to act on their recommendations or drop Indigenous ...

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