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Malaysia PM wins parliamentary test of support

Jul 13, 2020 - 5:31 PM

It is the first time that a speaker has been removed in such a fashion in Malaysia, and sparks fury from the opposition

PARLIAMENTARY TEST. This handout photo from Malaysia's Department of Information taken and released on May 18, 2020 shows Malaysia's Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin (bottom R) wearing a face mask during the opening ceremony of the third term of the 14th parliamentary session in Kuala Lumpur. File photo by Fuad Abdullah/Malaysia's Department of Information/AFP

European Parliament urges Duterte to 'drop all charges' vs Maria Ressa, Santos

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:22 AM

The members of the European Parliament's Media Working Group say that the cyber libel conviction 'is part of an orchestrated campaign of legal harassment against Maria Ressa and Rappler'

Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria at the Manila Trial Court on June 15, 2020 attends the promulgation of a cyber libel case file against her and former Rappler researcher-writer Reynaldo Santo Jr. by businessman Wilfredo Keng. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Rouhani urges Iran MPs to 'cooperate' as parliament opens

May 27, 2020 - 11:07 PM

Many MPs are ultra-conservatives who oppose Hassan Rouhani on almost all issues, from running the sanctions-hit economy and combating the coronavirus outbreak to managing relations with the United States

'COOPERATE.' Iranian President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech during the inaugural session of the new parliament in Tehran on May 27, 2020, following February elections. Photo by AFP

China parliament eyes Hong Kong national security law after unrest

May 22, 2020 - 12:29 AM

Beijing has made clear it wants new security legislation passed after the semi-autonomous city was rocked by 7 months of massive and sometimes violent pro-democracy protests in 2019

NATIONAL PEOPLE'S CONGRESS. A man wears a face masks as he cycles past the Great Hall of the People, the venue for the annual meeting of the National People's Congress, China's rubber-stamp legislature, in Beijing on May 20, 2020. Photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Israel MPs tasked with ending deadlock over unity gov't

Apr 16, 2020 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) Israel's deeply divided 120-member parliament has no clear path towards a stable governing coalition, so the move risks prolonging the country's worst-ever political crisis

RIVALS. This combination of pictures created on April 02, 2019 shows a file photo taken on April 01, 2019 of retired Israeli general Benny Gantz (L) and a file photo taken on March 10, 2019 of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. File photos by Jack Guez and Gali Tibbon/AFP

Virus-hit China postpones parliament for first time in decades

Feb 24, 2020 - 12:15 PM

(UPDATED) Much of China grinds to a halt in the battle against an outbreak that has infected nearly 80,000 people and claimed more than 2,500 lives

Spain court refuses to recognize Catalan separatist as member of EU Parliament

Jan 10, 2020 - 9:23 AM

In a long-awaited ruling, the court says it would not authorize Oriol Junqueras' temporary release from prison to collect his parliamentary credentials

SEPARATISTS. Oriol Junqueras (front row, left-most) and fellow Catalan separatists attend their trial at the Supreme Court in Madrid on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Emilio Naranjo/POOL/AFP)

Spain's Sanchez wins tight parliament vote to remain PM

Jan 07, 2020 - 10:38 PM

Pedro Sanchez plans to form a minority coalition government with hard-left party Podemos, in what would be the first coalition government in Spain since the country returned to democracy in the 1970s

WINNER. Spanish caretaker prime minister, socialist Pedro Sanchez, applauds after winning a parliamentary vote to elect a premier at the Spanish Congress (Las Cortes) in Madrid on January 7, 2020. Photo by Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Brexit in sight as British MPs scrutinize divorce deal

Jan 07, 2020 - 7:55 PM

Lawmakers begin 3 days of debate on legislation to enshrine Boris Johnson's divorce deal, with few hurdles to its passing expected after he won a comfortable majority at recent elections

BREXIT. An anti-Brexit activist holds a flag in the colors of both the EU and Union flags as they protest outside the Houses of Parliament in London on October 22, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Dozens of South Korean MPs charged over parliamentary standoff

Jan 02, 2020 - 8:07 PM

Seoul prosecutors indict Liberty Korea party leader Hwang Kyo-ahn and 23 of his MPs on charges including causing a commotion at the national assembly and illegal detention

INDICTED. This picture taken on April 26, 2019 and received on January 2, 2020 by Yonhap News Agency shows South Korea's opposition party members lying on the floor linking arms to block access to a committee room in an attempt to stop legislation being passed, at the National Assembly in Seoul. File photo by STR/Yonhap/AFP

Spain parliament debate could end political impasse

Dec 31, 2019 - 9:43 PM

(UPDATED) If a confidence vote ensues, this would put an end to months of political deadlock in the eurozone's fourth-largest economy, which has held 4 general elections in 4 years

Greta Thunberg back outside Sweden's parliament for climate protest

Dec 20, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Greta Thunberg is back outside the same parliament where she began protesting for action on the climate crisis

SHE'S BACK. Swedish environmental activist Greta Thunberg attends a climate strike arranged by the organization "Fridays For Future" outside the Swedish parliament Riksdagen in Stockholm, December 20, 2019. Photo by Pontus Lundahl/AFP

Jailed Uighur's daughter receives EU rights prize

Dec 18, 2019 - 10:50 PM

Jewher Ilham says she hopes the award of the European Parliament's Sakharov Prize will help her father, sentenced to life imprisonment in 2014 for 'separatism'

TOP PRIZE. European Parliament President David-Maria Sassoli (R) stands next to Jewher Ilham, daughter of Ilham Tohti, Uyghur economist and human rights activist, holding a portrait of her father during the award ceremony for his 2019 European Parliament's Sakharov human rights prize at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, on December 18, 2019. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP

Protest-hit Lebanon postpones talks to pick new PM

Dec 16, 2019 - 8:31 PM

President Michel Aoun responds to the wishes of outgoing prime minister Saad Hariri to postpone parliamentary consultations until December 19

PROTESTS. In this file photo, protesters chant slogans as they gather during a demonstration before security forces standing on guard in the vicinity of the Lebanese Parliament headquarters in the centre of the capital Beirut on December 11, 2019. File photo by Ibrahim Amro/AFP

Israel parliament moves for 3rd election as talks falter

Dec 11, 2019 - 7:23 PM

(UPDATED) A new election would be another challenge for embattled premier Benjamin Netanyahu at a time when he must fend off a leadership vote in his right-wing Likud party

3RD ELECTION. A general view of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) in Jerusalem on December 11, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

New Zealand's euthanasia bill passes, referendum to be held

Nov 13, 2019 - 5:36 PM

The law, enabling terminally ill people to request a medically assisted death, passes 69-51 at its final reading, ending years of passionate debate in parliament

NEW ZEALAND'S PARLIAMENT. The building of the New Zealand Parliament is seen in Wellington city centre on June 03, 2011. Photo by Voishmel/AFP

Israel's parliament sworn in without new government

Oct 03, 2019 - 10:50 PM

Members of parliament elected in September 17 polls take their oaths of office in a ceremony that is to a large degree hollow due to deadlocked coalition talks

PARLIAMENT. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin (L) addresses members of parliament during the swearing-in ceremony at the Knesset in Jerusalem on October 3, 2019. Photo by Menahem Kahana/AFP

UK PM loses fresh parliamentary vote as tensions rise

Sep 26, 2019 - 6:29 PM

(UPDATED) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's inflammatory language draws accusations – including from his sister Rachel – of stoking divisions in a country still split over the 2016 referendum vote for Brexit

IMPASSE. A handout photograph released by the UK Parliament shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking in the House of Commons in London on September 3, 2019. File photo by Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament/AFP

UK MPs return after bombshell court ruling

Sep 25, 2019 - 7:49 PM

The judgement has hit Prime Minister Boris Johnson's authority, prompting calls for his resignation and cast further doubt on his promise to pull Britain out of the EU on October 31, come what may

BACK. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit shows members of parliament gathering in the House of Commons in central London on September 25, 2019 after parliament resumed. AFP PHOTO / PRU

Britain's Supreme Court enters Brexit crisis

Sep 18, 2019 - 12:21 AM

The appeals revolve around 'whether it was lawful for the prime minister to advise Her Majesty to order prorogation,' Britain's Supreme Court President Brenda Hale says as she opened proceedings

SUPREME COURT AND BREXIT. Demonstrators protest outside the entrance to the Supreme Court in central London, on the first day of the hearing into the decision by the government to prorogue parliament on September 17, 2019. Photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

Scottish court hands Boris Johnson fresh Brexit blow

Sep 11, 2019 - 8:57 PM

The government has immediately appealed, with the case set to be heard in the Supreme Court next Tuesday, September 17, and parliament set to remain shut in the meantime

ANOTHER BLOW. The Palace of Westminster housing the Houses of Parliament is seen from Westminster Bridge with a Union Flag in the foreground in central London on August 28, 2019. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Outgoing parliament deals new Brexit blow to Boris Johnson

Sep 10, 2019 - 1:33 PM

The British Prime Minister slams the opposition for voting against his call for a snap poll next month

A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow chairing after the results of a motion for an early parliamentary general election, a motion that did not carry, were announced in the House of Commons in London on September 10, 2019. British MPs rejected a second attempt by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on September 10 to call an early election to break the Brexit deadlock, in a final show of defiance before he controversially suspends parliament. HO / PRU / AFP

UK's Johnson faces new Brexit battle after stinging defeat

Sep 04, 2019 - 12:17 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Boris Johnson says he will seek an early general election if MPs vote against him again

A handout photograph released by the UK Parliament shows Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaking in the House of Commons in London on September 3, 2019.  JESSICA TAYLOR / UK PARLIAMENT / AFP

PM Johnson loses majority ahead of Brexit parliament showdown

Sep 03, 2019 - 11:25 PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemns a plan by lawmakers to block his Brexit strategy as 'surrender' and says it will undermine his intention to negotiate a new divorce deal with the EU

BREXIT. Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he gives a speech on domestic priorities at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester, northwest England on July 27, 2019. File photo by Rui Vieira/AFP

UK PM Johnson threatens Brexit purge in pivotal week

Sep 02, 2019 - 10:10 PM

'It would be entirely unreasonable for MPs, having rejected the previous deal 3 times, to attempt to bind the hands of the PM as he seeks to negotiate a deal they can support,' Boris Johnson's spokesman says

PURGE? In this file photo, Boris Johnson gives a speech at an event to announce the winner of the Conservative Party leadership contest in central London on July 23, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

New Zealand House speaker goes viral after bottle-feeding baby in parliament

Aug 24, 2019 - 7:15 AM

Trevor Mallard, the speaker of New Zealand's House of Representatives, bottle-feeds the one-month-old son of a fellow politician while at work

SPECIAL GUEST. New Zealand House Speaker Trevor Mallard says a 'VIP' joined him at parliament on August 21, 2019. Photo from Mallard's Twitter account

Bangsamoro parliament bats for Dimaampao as next SC justice

Jul 30, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Marawi-born CA Justice Japar Dimaampao is being pushed to become only the 2nd Muslim SC justice in history

SC APPLICANT. Court of Appeals Justice Japar Dimaampao is shortlisted to replace Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano Del Castillo. PTV Screenshot

Swedish teen Thunberg slams 'hate and threats' as visit divides French parliament

Jul 23, 2019 - 8:11 PM

Climate activist Greta Thunberg takes on her critics directly, accusing politicians, business leaders, and journalists of failing to communicate the scientific truth as shown in the latest IPCC report and leaving the burden to children

CLIMATE CHANGE. Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg delivers a speech during a visit of the French National Assembly, in Paris, on July 23, 2019. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Man found guilty over car attack outside UK parliament

Jul 17, 2019 - 9:40 PM

Although Salih Khater did not kill anyone, and ended up crashing the car into security barriers, the August 2018 attack sent several people to hospital for treatment

PARLIAMENT CAR ATTACK. Police forensics officers work around a silver Ford Fiesta car that was driven into a barrier at the Houses of Parliament in central London on August 14, 2018. File photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

New EU chief makes first trip to Brussels

Jul 04, 2019 - 6:22 PM

The EU's new president-elect Ursula von der Leyen meets Jean-Claude Juncker for talks a day after pledging to present her 'vision for the next 5 years for Europe' within a fortnight

NEW LEADER. Outgoing president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker (R) meets with German Defence minister and newly-appointed EU Commission Chief Ursula von der Leyen in Brussels on July 4, 2019. Photo by François Walschaerts/AFP

European Parliament chooses new president, completing top EU jobs

Jul 03, 2019 - 6:36 PM

(UPDATED) The vote for president completes the roster of the EU's 5 most important jobs, with the others settled on July 2 at the end of 3 days of negotiation among the EU's 28 national leaders in Brussels

EU. Flags of European Union fly next to flags of EU countries at the European Parliament on July 2, 2019 in Strasbourg, eastern France, during the inaugural European Parliament session. Photo by Frederick Florin/AFP

EU leaders meet to assign Brussels' top jobs

Jun 20, 2019 - 10:38 PM

None of the leading names to have emerged during last month's election has won consensus support from the 4 main parliamentary parties to replace Jean-Claude Juncker as president of the EU's executive arm

LEADERS. European Union leaders attend a EU summit in Brussels, Belgium, on June 20, 2019. Photo by Johanna Geron/Pool/AFP

Johnson fends off dwindling British PM rivals in TV debate

Jun 19, 2019 - 9:53 AM

Boris Johnson casts himself as the one politician able to bring Britain successfully out of the European Union and therefore deliver the Brexit that UK voters called for 3 years ago

BORIS JOHNSON. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) shows Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson giving evidence before the Foreign Affairs Committee at Parliament in London on March 21, 2018. Photo by PRU/AFP

Leaders meet as EU haggles over top jobs

Jun 07, 2019 - 9:51 PM

It is an uphill task, overshadowed both by genuine policy differences and by haggling over the jobs of Commission and Council presidents, foreign policy chief, parliamentary speaker and director of the European Central Bank

EUROPEAN UNION. European flags are reflected at the entrance of the Berlaymont building EU Commission in Brussels on May 21,2014. File photo by Georges Gobet/AFP

EU leaders clash over top Brussels jobs

May 29, 2019 - 10:01 AM

(UPDATED) European leaders begin the work needed to determine the EU's political direction

CLASH OVER JOBS. German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) meets with French President Emmanuel Macron prior to a meeting on the sidelines of a European Union summit at EU Commission Headquarters in Brussels on May 28, 2019. Photo by Olivier Matthys/AFP

Britain's Brexit Party triumphs in EU vote

May 27, 2019 - 10:25 AM

(3rd UPDATE) The populist party, founded just 3 months ago, has capitalized on public anger over delays to Britain's exit from the European Union, winning almost 32% with almost all votes counted

PRO_BREXIT. File photo of Nigel Farage, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). Photo by Ben Stansall

Ireland votes in European election after Dutch pro-EU surprise

May 24, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Eurosceptics are hoping for strong results across the continent but their momentum takes an early hit after a Dutch exit poll on May 23 shows pro-EU parties headed for a surprise win there

POLLS. A voter leaves a polling station as voting for the European Parliament elections got underway, in west Belfast, northern Ireland on May 23, 2019. Photo by Paul Faith/AFP

Populists eye upsets as Brexit-bound UK, Netherlands kick off EU elections

May 23, 2019 - 7:35 PM

Britain joins the Netherlands in kicking off 4 days of voting across the continent

EU ELECTIONS. A man arrives at Leeds Minster, converted into a polling station for the day, as voters cast their votes in the European Parliament elections, in Leeds, north east England, on May 23, 2019. Photo by Oli Scarff/AFP

Milkshakes become weapon of choice in UK European campaign

May 21, 2019 - 8:29 AM

Former UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage becomes the latest political figure on Monday, May 20, to be doused with a milkshake while campaigning for his new Brexit Party in this week's European Parliament election

MILKSHAKED. Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage speaks at a European Parliament election campaign rally at Frimley Green, south west of London on May 19, 2019. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

E.U. fears voter apathy despite populist surge

May 19, 2019 - 1:26 PM

Elections in the past years have seen a lower turnout than the last, and much of the energy in this year's race has come from populists opposed to deeper integration

EU. A European flag flutters in the wind in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on March 14, 2018. File Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

Talks to end Brexit deadlock collapse

May 17, 2019 - 8:53 PM

MPs are due to vote for a fourth time in early June on the terms of Britain's withdrawal from the EU

BREXIT. A combination of pictures shows Britain's opposition Labour party Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May. File photos by Dan Kitwood and Lindsey Parnaby

May's Conservatives battle Brexit ballot bloodbath

May 12, 2019 - 12:50 PM

With Brexit postponed to October 31, Britain must take part in the European Parliament elections set for May 23

A blank postal ballot paper for the European parliamentary elections, which are scheduled to take place in Britain on May 23rd, is pictured in Marsden, northern England on May 9, 2019. (Photo by OLI SCARFF / AFP)

Main UK parties suffer Brexit battering in local elections

May 03, 2019 - 7:11 PM

(UPDATED) Prime Minister Theresa May's governing Conservatives loses control of several local authorities and hundreds of seats – but the main opposition Labour party also loses ground

BREXIT. A Union Jack hangs down next to European Union flags fluttering in front of the European Commission building. File photo by Emmanuel Dunand/AFP

How the world is reacting to Venezuela 'coup bid'

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:26 PM

Here are some initial reactions from world governments

'COUP BID.' Soldiers loyal to Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido take position in front of La Carlota base in Caracas on April 29, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Netanyahu sworn into Israel's new parliament after election victory

Apr 30, 2019 - 9:10 PM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is among the 120 members of the Knesset, or parliament, sworn in during an official ceremony

NEW PARLIAMENT. The Knesset has potentially stormy sessions ahead as it works to resolve key religion and state issues as well as a possible proposal that would shield Benjamin Netanyahu from prosecution. File photo by AFP

Migration is burning issue in EU election campaign

Apr 28, 2019 - 1:59 PM

EU countries registered 580,000 new requests for asylum in 2018

A European flag flutters in the wind in front of the European Commission headquarters in Brussels on March 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND

Months after fraud-tainted poll, Afghan lawmakers sworn in

Apr 26, 2019 - 11:59 PM

Even now, results for 33 seats in central Kabul province have not been announced amid allegations of rigging, irregularities, and technical difficulties

NEW PARLIAMENT. In this file photo, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani talks at the second Kabul Process conference at the Presidential Palace in Kabul on February 28, 2018. File photo by Shah Marai/AFP

Egypt MPs back constitution changes to extend Sisi rule – state media

Apr 16, 2019 - 11:28 PM

(UPDATED) 'The president's current term shall expire at the end of 6 years from the date of his election as president in 2018,' state media reports

Algeria lawmakers elect first new president in 20 years

Apr 09, 2019 - 7:01 PM

The election of Abdelkader Bensalah as interim president follows constitutional rules but goes against the demands of demonstrators, who have pushed for him and other top politicians to stand down

INTERIM PRESIDENT. Algerian speaker of the upper house of parliament, Abdelkader Bensalah, is pictured during a parliamentary session at the Palais des Nations in the Algerian capital Algiers on April 9, 2019, after lawmakers named him as interim president. Photo by Ryad Kramdi/AFP

European Parliament approves no-deal Brexit visa waiver

Apr 04, 2019 - 6:38 PM

The law means British visitors making trips of fewer than 90 days to the Schengen passport-free zone will not need visas, even if Britain crashes out of the EU without a deal in place