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British Government Must Consult Parliament Before Quitting EU, Court Rules

By Michael Holden LONDON, Nov 3 – England’s High Court ruled on Thursday that the British government requires parliamentary approval to trigger the process of exiting the European Union, complicating Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit plans. The government said it would appeal against the decision and Britain’s Supreme Court has set aside Dec. 5-8 to

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Iranian Parliament Approves Three New Rouhani Ministers

BEIRUT, Nov 2 – Iranian lawmakers approved three new ministers on Tuesday, signalling support for changes in the cabinet of pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani seven months before a presidential election. State media reported that Reza Salehi Amiri, Saeed Soltanifar and Fakhredin Ahmadi Danesh-Ashtiani won votes of confidence to take over the ministries of Islamic guidance

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British Lawmakers Back Renewal of Trident Nuclear Deterrent

By Michael Holden and Kylie MacLellan LONDON, July 18 – Lawmakers voted strongly on Monday to renew Britain’s ageing nuclear weapons system, a multibillion-pound project regarded as key to maintaining the country’s status as a world power following its vote to leave the European Union. Despite opposition from the pro-independence Scottish National Party (SNP) and

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Theresa May to Take Over as British PM After Brexit Shocks

LONDON, July 13 – Theresa May will take over the job of British prime minister from David Cameron on Wednesday after a series of political shocks caused by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. May, who has been interior minister for six years and is seen by her supporters as a safe pair of

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Ex-London Mayor Johnson Abruptly Quits Race To Be Prime Minister

By Kylie MacLellan and Elizabeth Piper LONDON, June 30 (Reuters) – Former London mayor Boris Johnson abruptly pulled out of the race to become Britain’s next prime minister on Thursday, in a shock move that upturned a political order shaken by last week’s vote to leave the European Union. Johnson, whose support for the campaign

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Egypt’s Parliament Meets After More Than Three-year Absence

CAIRO, Jan 10 – Egypt’s new parliament held its opening session on Sunday, state television reported, more than three years after a court dissolved the old Islamist-dominated chamber. The body is expected to choose a speaker on its first day back, and now has 15 days to approve hundreds of laws issued by executive decree

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Armenia At A Crossroads: Referendum To Decide Country’s Fate

Thousands of Armenians vote in a referendum on constitutional reform BY Staff Reporter DUBAI, Dec 7 – For the third time in its modern history, Armenia held a referendum aimed at changing its constitution from semi-presidential to parliamentary. Almost 2,000 polling stations throughout the country opened their doors to 2.5 million citizens, whose voting was

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Egyptians Vote in Second Round of Parliament Poll

CAIRO, Nov 22 – Egyptians vote on Sunday in the second phase of parliamentary elections which have so far attracted just a quarter of the electorate in a process critics say has been undermined by widespread repression. The elections, which will restore parliamentary life to Egypt after a more than three-year hiatus, have been hailed

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Lebanon Parliament Convenes for First Time in a Year

BEIRUT, Nov 12: Lebanon’s parliament convened on Thursday for its first legislative session in more than a year as lawmakers prepared to vote on mostly financial issues vital to keeping the paralyzed state afloat. The two-day session, which began shortly after 9:00 GMT, will focus on passing laws crucial to development loans, debt issuance and

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Myanmar’s Suu Kyi Reaches Out to Military with Landslide in Sight

YANGON (Nov. 11) Myanmar‘s democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi, moving closer to an absolute majority in parliament on Wednesday, requested a meeting with the president and the powerful military chief to discuss national reconciliation. Suu Kyi’s opposition National League for Democracy (NLD) has won over 90 percent of the seats declared so far in the

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