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Mexico gives 'protection' to Venezuelan opposition lawmaker

May 15, 2019 - 1:29 PM

Mexico says its embassy in Venezuela has taken in opposition deputy Franco Manuel Casella to provide him 'protection and safety'

PROTECTED. Franco Manuel Casella Photo from Twitter/@AsambleaVE

Caracas blasts Juan Guaido's courting of U.S. military

May 14, 2019 - 7:53 AM

Vice President Delcy Rodriguez lambast the move by opposition leader Juan Guaido's representative in Washington, accusing him of paving the way for a US 'military intervention'

Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez attends a joint press conference with Russian Foreign Minister following their meeting in Moscow on March 1, 2019. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

Venezuela detains Juan Guaido's deputy

May 09, 2019 - 9:36 AM

Edgar Zambrano, Guaido's deputy as National Assembly speaker, is arrested by intelligence agents in Caracas for backing the failed April 30 uprising orchestrated by Juan Guaido

Venezuelan Deputy Carlos Prosperi (C) talks to the press outside the Democratic Action Party's headquarters after the Venezuelan Deputy and first Vice president of the National Assembly Edgar Zambrano was arrested by the Bolivarian National Intelligence Service (SEBIN) in Caracas, on May 8, 2019. Venezuela's Supreme Court announced the indictment of three more lawmakers -- named as Freddy Superlano, Sergio Vergara and Juan Andres Mejia -- on Wednesday for backing the failed April 30 uprising orchestrated by opposition leader Juan Guaido.  RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP

Venezuela still in dark, Guaido wants 'state of alarm' declared

Mar 11, 2019 - 9:35 AM

(UPDATED) Juan Guaido says he has convened an emergency session of the National Assembly 'to take immediate actions with respect to the necessary humanitarian aid'

IN THE DARK. Photojournalist work in a hotel room in Caracas on March 10, 2019, during the third day of a massive power outage which has left the capital and much of the country without communications, water and electricity. Photo by Juan Barreto/AFP

Apolitical? Bong Go posters displayed at Liga ng mga Barangay event – Alejano

Mar 06, 2019 - 6:40 PM

Magdalo Representative Gary Alejano says the campaign jingle of administration senatorial bet Bong Go was also played outside the venue

'NOT APOLITICAL.' Campaign posters of administration senatorial candidate Bong Go are displayed during the Liga ng mga Barangay event held from February 25 to 27. Photo by Valerie Escalera/Presidential Photo

Government paid for Bong Go shirts in nationwide event – Alejano

Mar 05, 2019 - 11:12 AM

(UPDATED) Gary Alejano shows DILG documents authorizing local government units to pay for the registration fee of barangay captains, an amount which covers a kit with Bong Go t-shirts

STATE-FUNDED? Opposition senatorial candidate Gary Alejano alleges that Bong Go shirt giveaways at the nationwide Liga ng Barangay event were paid for by local government funds. Photos courtesy of Gary Alejano

Venezuela bars self-declared president Guaido from leaving country

Jan 30, 2019 - 11:18 AM

The 35-year-old head of the National Assembly legislature 'is prohibited from leaving the country until the end of the [preliminary] investigation' for having 'caused harm to peace in the republic'

GUAIDO. Venezuela's National Assembly head and self-proclaimed 'acting president' Juan Guaido (L), listens to deputy Rafael Veloz, during a session at the National Assembly in Caracas on January 29, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

The week in photos: January 19-25, 2019

Jan 26, 2019 - 4:03 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

PROTEST. Women dressed as France's symbol Marianne and showing fake injuries take part in an anti-government demonstration called by the Yellow Vest (gilets jaunes) movement in Lille, France, on January 19, 2019. Photo by Denis Charlet/AFP

Venezuela's parliament tries to lure military into disavowing Maduro

Jan 16, 2019 - 10:22 AM

'We're talking to middle and low-ranking military: break away from the fear,' says parliamentary president Juan Guaido, who last week branded President Nicolas Maduro a 'usurper'

MADURO. This file photo taken on October 17, 2017 shows Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro during a press conference with international media correspondents at the Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Venezuela's assembly rejects legitimacy of Maduro 2nd term

Jan 06, 2019 - 4:41 PM

Nicolas Maduro is set to be sworn in on Thursday for a second 6-year term after elections widely condemned by the international community

Nicaragua sharply cuts budget because of unrest

Aug 15, 2018 - 10:07 AM

It is the steepest cut seen in the past 11 years that President Daniel Ortega has been in power

UNREST. In this file photo, an anti-government demonstrator waves a flag while taking part in a protest in Managua, Nicaragua on June 17, 2018. File photo by Marvin Recinos/AFP

Venezuelan opposition urges U.S., Colombia to ignore extradition request

Aug 10, 2018 - 5:34 PM

Venezuela's Supreme Court orders the arrest of Julio Borges for 'attempted murder,' suspecting his involvement in what officials say is a drone 'assassination' attempt on President Nicolas Maduro.

JULIO BORGES. The leader of Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly Julio Borges speaks with the media before a parliamentary session in Caracas on August 29, 2017. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Cuba vote opens final chapter of Castro era

Mar 11, 2018 - 7:43 PM

The new members of the National Assembly will be tasked with choosing a successor to 86-year-old President Raul Castro when he steps down next month

Macron plans to slash France's MPs by a third

Jul 03, 2017 - 7:10 PM

UPDATED In his first address to members of the National Assembly and Senate since his election in May Macron delivers a US style state of the nation speech in the Versailles palace

LANDMARK SPEECH. French President Emmanuel Macron (at the platform) speaks during a special congress gathering both houses of parliament (National Assembly and Senate) in the palace of Versailles, outside Paris, on July 3, 2017. Martin Bureau/AFP

France's Macron wins strong majority for reform

Jun 19, 2017 - 7:57 AM

3rd UPDATE The new body will be nearly 6 years younger on average have a record 223 women lawmakers and will be strikingly less politically experienced

FRANCE'S PARLIAMENT. This file photo taken on July 26, 2016 shows the National Assembly's Palais Bourbon in Paris illuminated in the French flag colors in tribute to the victims of the attack in the Normandy city of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. Ludovic Marin/AFP

France's Macron heads for crushing parliamentary majority

Jun 12, 2017 - 7:52 AM

UPDATED But the vote was marked by record low turnout of 49 possibly reflecting fatalism among Macron s opponents in the face of his seemingly unstoppable advance experts said

VOTING. French President Emmanuel Macron (C) casts his ballot next to his wife Brigitte Macron (L) at a polling station during the first round of the French legislative elections in Le Touquet, on June 11, 2017. Christophe Petit Tesson/Pool/AFP

Venezuela court retreats from bid to boost president

Apr 01, 2017 - 10:12 PM

UPDATED In a rare climb down by the president s allies the pro Maduro Supreme Court retreats from rulings that had prompted opposition calls for mass protests in a volatile country stricken by economic and political crisis

NO 'TAKEOVER.' View of the Venezuelan National Assembly during a session in Caracas on December 14, 2016. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

14 countries urge Venezuela to hold elections

Mar 24, 2017 - 12:59 PM

We consider it urgent for priority to be given to releasing political prisoners recognizing the legitimacy of decisions by the National Assembly and establishing an electoral calendar that includes postponed elections

'RE-ESTABLISH DEMOCRACY.' View of the Venezuelan National Assembly during a session in Caracas on December 14, 2016. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Catalan separatists launch new independence campaign

Jan 16, 2017 - 8:11 AM

The battle is on for minds rather than hearts with the region s main independence association the Catalan National Assembly ANC going after those hardest to convince

This file photo taken on September 11, 2016 shows people waving 'Estaladas' (pro-independence Catalan flags) during a pro-independence demonstration in Barcelona during the National Day of Catalonia 'Diada'. Josep Lago/AFP

South Korea lawmakers set Park impeachment vote in motion

Dec 08, 2016 - 3:17 PM

The motion which accuses Park of constitutional and criminal violations ranging from a failure to protect people s lives to bribery and abuse of power will be put to a full vote of the National Assembly

A protester shouts slogans in front of a caricature of South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye during a rally urging the impeachment of the president in Seoul on December 7, 2016. Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

Bypassing congress, Maduro decrees Venezuela budget

Oct 15, 2016 - 4:33 PM

The latest battle between the executive and the legislature comes as Maduro s opponents seek to call a referendum on removing him from office

2017 BUDGET. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro shows the books with the national budget for 2017 which he signed bypassing the opposition-majority legislature which should approve it according to the Constitution, at the National Pantheon in Caracas on October 14, 2016. Yoset Montes/Venezuelan Presidency/AFP

Pakistan passes long-awaited anti-honor killing legislation

Oct 06, 2016 - 11:59 PM

The amendments on the National Assembly website mandate judges to sentence someone who kills in the name of honor to life imprisonment even if they have been forgiven

IN PHOTOS: SONA through the years

Jul 24, 2016 - 7:30 PM

(UPDATED) Here's a look at past Philippine presidents delivering the State of the Nation Address (SONA)

French MPs vote in favor of recognizing Palestine

Dec 03, 2014 - 8:51 AM

The vote – which is non binding on the government but highly symbolic – comes as European countries seek alternative ways to restart the stalled Middle East process

'YES' WINS. French Members of the Parliament in favor of the vote for the recognition of the Palestinian State stand and applaud after the success of the resolution with 339 votes in favor for 151 against in Paris, France, 02 December 2014. Etienne Laurent/EPA

France detains 6 people suspected of recruiting jihadists

Sep 17, 2014 - 6:48 PM

According to Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve around 930 French citizens have travelled to and from the two violence ridden countries recently a 74 increase in 8 months

AGAINST JIHADISTS. A protester holds a poster stating 'Beware of the Jihadist plague', during a Kurds protest against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds, in Paris, France, 09 August 2014. Etienne Laurent/EPA

Tunisia parliamentary, presidential polls in Oct, Nov

Jun 25, 2014 - 10:10 PM

After months of negotiations among Tunisia s political parties the assembly approves October 26 for the legislative election and November 23 for the first round of the presidential poll

MUNA: Shaping the youth of the world

Mar 10, 2014 - 11:08 PM

Model United Nations Assembly is a popular educational activity among international schools but why is there low participation from local schools?

Tunisia votes for gender equality in new charter

Jan 06, 2014 - 10:17 PM

Tunisia s national assembly approves an article in the draft constitution that would guarantee gender equality without discrimination in the Muslim nation

Namfrel 'watchdogs:' roving, mobile

Mar 02, 2013 - 9:17 PM

Namfrel pursues a holistic approach in ensuring fair elections for 2013

French gay marriage law clears first hurdle in parliament

Feb 02, 2013 - 9:18 PM

Deputies voted in favor of article one of the draft legislation which redefines marriage as being an agreement between two people

Socialists take control of French parliament

Jun 18, 2012 - 7:44 AM

The victory gives Hollande the majority he needs to deal with the eurozone debt crisis