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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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Turkey: Parliament recalls memories from July 15 failed coup attempt

Parliament, the focal point of the Turkey’s democracy, was among the prime targets during last year’s July 15 failed coup attempt, perpetrated by the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ). As news of the coup attempt broke, Parliamentary Spokesperson İsmail Kahraman, several ministers and deputies of the Justice and Development Party (AK ...

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Water balloon fight breaks out in Taiwan’s parliament

It’s fair to say that negotiations over a controversial infrastructure shakeup in Taiwan are not going so well. For the second day in a row a mass brawl broke out in parliament as tempers boiled over. MPs abandoned rational debate in favour of wielding chairs above their heads, and even ...

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Bulgarian deputy Speaker of Parliament charged with extortion

SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria’s deputy speaker of parliament has been charged with extortion on Thursday, with prosecutors saying he threatened seven pharmacy owners with damage to their outlets if they did not transfer part of their business to him or halt operations. Prosecutors said Veselin Mareshki, who owns a chain ...

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Hong Kong pro-democracy legislators disqualified from parliament

A Hong Kong court has disqualified four pro-democracy lawmakers for failing to sincerely take the oath of office, a huge blow to the city’s opposition. The four lawmakers – Nathan Law, Lau Siu-lai, Edward Yiu and “Long Hair” Leung Kwok-hung – all modified their oaths of allegiance to China during ...

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Singapore unveils new cybersecurity draft bill

Singapore has unveiled the first draft of a proposed cybersecurity bill, which aims to provide a framework to monitor and manage the country’s cybersecurity wellbeing and empower authorities to carry out their functions. New legislations were necessary to enable the relevant authorities to take proactive measures to protect local critical information infrastructures ...

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EU urged to response to human rights abuse in Ethiopia

Thirty-eight Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have piled renewed pressure on the European Union to voice concern about the political situation in Ethiopia. In a letter with the subject, ‘EU response to the human rights situation in Ethiopia,’ and addressed to the European Union (E.U.) High representative for Foreign ...

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