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Mogadishu police chief suspends Somali parliament, gets fired moments later

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MOGADISHU (Reuters) – Mogadishu’s police chief announced he had suspended parliament on Monday, saying he was acting unilaterally to prevent lawmakers from extending the president’s term, only to be fired moments later by the police commissioner. “We have stopped the parliament session today. We have a responsibility bigger than a......

Kosovo parliament elects Vjosa Osmani as new national president

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PRISTINA (Reuters) – Kosovo’s parliament has appointed a 38-year-old U.S.-educated female law professor and candidate of the ruling Vetevendosje party as the country’s new president, following an election in February. FILE PHOTO: Acting president in Kosovo Vjosa Osmani speaks during a news conference after preliminary results of the parliamentary election......

Kosovo parliament elects Vjosa Osmani as new national president

Reuters
PRISTINA (Reuters) – Kosovo’s parliament has appointed a 38-year-old U.S.-educated female law professor and candidate of the ruling Vetevendosje party as the country’s new president, following an election in February. Vjosa Osmani took over as acting president of Kosovo last November when her predecessor, Hashim Thaci, resigned ahead of his......

Bulgarians elect new parliament amid COVID fears, anger over graft

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SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgarians vote in a parliamentary election on Sunday that will decide whether long-serving Prime Minister Boyko Borissov wins a fresh four-year mandate despite persistent concerns about graft in the European Union’s poorest member state. FILE PHOTO: A woman walks past election posters of the ruling centre-right GERB......

China’s parliament approves Hong Kong electoral system reform plan: SCMP

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(Reuters) – The top decisionmaking body of the Chinese parliament unanimously approved a plan on Tuesday to reform Hong Kong’s electoral system, the South China Morning Post reported citing the city’s sole representative to the body. The National People’s Congress Standing Committee approved the plan by a vote of 167-0,......

Lebanon could sink like Titanic, parliament speaker says

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FILE PHOTO: Lebanese Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri heads a legislative session, as Lebanon’s parliament approved a law that paves the way for the government to ink deals for coronavirus vaccinations, at UNESCO Palace in Beirut, Lebanon January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir BEIRUT (Reuters) – Influential parliamentary speaker Nabih Berri said......

China sanctions U.S. religious freedom officials, Canadian member of parliament

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CNBC – For more and to sign up click here A demonstrator, wearing a mask, holds a US flag during a protest against Chinas human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang province, calling on U.S. government to take action against Beijing, on April 06, 2019 in Washington, United States.......

Australian parliament debates motion on rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang

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SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia’s parliament debated on Monday a motion to condemn “systematic breaches” of human rights by China, saying other legislatures had described as genocide its actions towards Uighurs in the far western region of Xinjiang. FILE PHOTO: A perimeter fence is constructed around what is officially known as......

China’s parliament moves to overhaul Hong Kong’s electoral system

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s parliament approved on Thursday a draft decision to change Hong Kong’s electoral system, further reducing democratic representation in the city’s institutions and introducing a mechanism to vet and screen politicians’ loyalty to Beijing. Security personnel keeps watch outside the Great Hall of the People before the......

Tunisia’s parliament speaker urges dialogue to end political crisis

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By Tarek Amara, Angus McDowall TUNIS (Reuters) – The speaker of Tunisia’s parliament, Rached Ghannouchi, said he backs calls for a new national dialogue to address the country’s political standoff and constant disputes over the constitution. Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi, head of the moderate Islamist Ennahda, speaks during an interview......

Libya PM addresses parliament as government vote looms

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SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) – Libya’s designated interim prime minister, Abdulhamid Dbeibeh, urged the long-divided parliament on Tuesday to back his proposed unity government as it prepared for a confidence vote expected on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Libya’s new Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh gestures as he speaks in parliament in Sirte, Libya......

European Parliament to seek carbon border levy by 2023

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FILE PHOTO: European Union flags flutter outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, in this file picture taken October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union should impose carbon border costs on imports of certain industrial products by 2023, the European Parliament said on Tuesday. By......

China to put financial institution bankruptcy laws on legislative agenda

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BEIJING (Reuters) – China will put financial institution bankruptcy laws on its legislative agenda for the first time, according to a report by the top legislative body released on Monday. The absence of a legal bankruptcy framework for Chinese financial institutions has prevented technically insolvent firms from exiting the market......

China should speed nuclear development to meet carbon goals: industry legislators

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FILE PHOTO: People wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak walk at a hutong alley with Chinese national flags hung aside ahead of the Chinese National Day on October 1, in Beijing, China September 29, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China should accelerate development of nuclear power......

China says it hopes U.S. will remove ‘unjustified’ Iran sanctions

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BEIJING (Reuters) – Senior Chinese diplomat Wang Yi said on Sunday he hopes the United States will remove what he called unjustified sanctions on Iran. During his annual press conference, State Councillor Wang said Iran needs to take on responsibility in the process too. Reporting by Cate Cadell; Editing by......

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