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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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UK: Parliament not a ‘passive bystander’ on Brexit – Labour’s Chuka Umunna

Parliament is not a “passive bystander” and must be listened to, according to a senior Labour MP who has helped set up a cross-party group to fight against a “hard Brexit”. Chuka Umunna told Sky News’ All Out Politics the all-party parliamentary group on EU relations wants to “ensure we ...

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Britain: MPs evacuated from Parliament after fire alarm

Parliament was evacuated on Monday morning following a suspected security alert. According to witnesses at the scene, an alarm sounded and the evacuation began at around 10.45am. The London Fire Brigade denied reports the alert was a fire alarm and said they have not been called to the scene. A ...

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UK: Cross-party group to co-ordinate parliamentary fight against hard Brexit

A cross-party group to co-ordinate the parliamentary fight against a “hard Brexit” has been set up under the leadership of Tory former minister Anna Soubry and senior Labour MP Chuka Umunna. The all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on EU relations could cause difficulties for Theresa May as she attempts to steer ...

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European parliament threatens to veto UK’s ‘damp squib’ offer on citizens’ rights

European Parliament has threatened to veto Theresa May’s offer on EU citizens’ rights, branding it a “damp squib” which risks creating a “second class of citizenship.” In a letter published by several European newspapers, MEPs claimed Mrs May’s proposals “cast a dark cloud of vagueness and uncertainty over the lives of ...

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