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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

European parliament deals setback to EU-U.S. trade talks

Mar 14, 2019 - 10:26 PM

The European Parliament only has an advisory role with regard to the EU's negotiating mandate, but it will have the final say once an agreement has been concluded

EU-US TRADE TALKS. In this file photo, US President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (L) give a statement in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC, on July 25, 2018. File photo by Saul Loeb/AFP

Rebel British MPs take up seats in parliament

Feb 19, 2019 - 11:32 PM

One of the 7 lawmakers, Chuka Umunna, a leading campaigner for a second referendum, says that he now wants to establish a new centrist political party by the end of the year at the latest

LABOUR PARTY. Britain's main opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home in London on February 19, 2019. Seven MPs quit Britain's main opposition Labour Party on Monday, citing the leadership's support for Brexit and a growing culture of racism, intimidation and abuse. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP

Australia says 'state actor' hacked parties, parliament

Feb 18, 2019 - 12:39 PM

Australian security agencies say they do not yet know who was behind the attack or their motives

HACKING PROBLEM. Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison briefs media about the flooding situation in Queensland during a press conference in Sydney on February 8, 2019. File photo by Saeed Khan/AFP

Egypt parliament votes to extend Sisi presidency

Feb 15, 2019 - 1:54 PM

The key amendment endorsed Wednesday calls for extending the president's term in office from 4 years to 6, parliament says on its website

EXTENDING THE PRESIDENCY. Supporters of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi celebrate in Cairo's Tahrir square following his re-election for a second term, on April 2, 2018.  File photo by Mohamed El-Shahed/AFP

Australian parliament computer network breached

Feb 08, 2019 - 9:46 AM

Officials decline to comment on the nature of the breach, but say there is no initial evidence data had been accessed

DATA BREACH. Parliament House from Wikipedia by author Thennicke.

Brexit plots and passions split UK parliament

Jan 29, 2019 - 10:35 AM

Here is what the political lay of the land will look like when the House of Commons holds votes that could alter the course of Britain's planned split from the EU on March 29.

BREXIT'S FATE. British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 1o Downing Street to make a statement to the House of Commons in London on January 21, 2019, on changes to her Brexit withdrawal agreement. Photo by Adrian Dennis/AFP

Greek MPs to vote on Macedonia deal amid political turmoil

Jan 22, 2019 - 12:04 AM

Lawmakers will debate the draft name-change deal between Greece and Macedonia on January 23 and 24 before the vote

PROTESTS. Protestors hold a flag of the Greece's Macedonia region in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens on January 20, 2019 during a demonstration against the agreement with Skopje to rename neighboring country Macedonia as the Republic of North Macedonia. Photo by Aris Messinis/AFP

UK PM May refuses to rule out 'no-deal' Brexit

Jan 18, 2019 - 1:44 PM

The world's fifth-largest economy is in political turmoil and grasping for solutions that could smooth its planned departure from the bloc after 46 years just 10 weeks from now

BREXIT. In this file photo, Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May speaks during a meeting in 10 Downing street in central London on January 30, 2018. File photo by Ben Stansall/Pool/AFP

May faces vote of no confidence: How will it work?

Jan 16, 2019 - 8:36 AM

Under the 2011 Fixed-Term Parliaments Act, losing a confidence motion begins a two-week process that could end in fresh elections

CONFIDENCE VOTE. This file photo shows British Prime Minister Theresa May. File photo by Jack Taylor/AFP

UK parliament rejects Brexit deal in historic vote

Jan 16, 2019 - 8:04 AM

MPs vote 432 to 202 against Theresa May's plan for taking Britain out of the European Union, the biggest parliamentary defeat for a government in modern British political history

HISTORIC VOTE. Britain's parliament on January 15 resoundingly rejected Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit deal, triggering a no-confidence vote in her government and leaving the country on track to crash out of the EU. AFP PHOTO / MARK DUFFY / UK Parliament

Decision time as British MPs vote on Brexit deal

Jan 15, 2019 - 11:30 AM

With just over two months to go until the scheduled Brexit date of March 29, a bitterly divided Britain is in limbo and the world is on tenterhooks about what will happen next

PARLIAMENT. The sun sets behind The Palace of Westminster, home of the British Houses of Parliament in central London on January 4, 2019. File photo by Niklas Halle'n/AFP

UK Parliament seizes internal Facebook documents on privacy, data handling

Nov 26, 2018 - 2:42 PM

The internal documents are said to include emails between senior Facebook staff, and express the decisions they made prior to the Cambridge Analytica breach, as well as what Facebook higher-ups knew about the company's privacy policies

Sri Lanka president's climbdown offers hope of end to political crisis

Nov 01, 2018 - 3:15 PM

The speaker Karu Jayasuriya has met with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena to force the concession

SIRISENA. In this file photo, Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena gestures after being sworn in at Independence Square in Colombo on January 9, 2015. File photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Youth groups slam electioneering of Bong Go, Ejercito at NYC event

Oct 24, 2018 - 4:00 PM

'We remind the National Youth Commission that as a government agency you should uphold neutrality and not use any of your programs as a venue for political gain,' says the Parliament of Youth Leaders

Malaysian leader in waiting Anwar in triumphant return to parliament

Oct 15, 2018 - 2:07 PM

MPs applaud as Anwar Ibrahim takes the oath of office following his weekend local election victory, a sight that would have been unthinkable just months ago when he was an opposition leader languishing behind bars

ANWAR IBRAHIM. Malaysia's People's Justice Party president and leader of the Pakatan Harapan coalition Anwar Ibrahim (R) waves before taking an oath as a member of the parliament during a swearing-in ceremony at the Parliament House in Kuala Lumpur on October 15, 2018. Photo by Mohd Rasfan/AFP

Russian parliament approves Putin's controversial pension reform

Sep 26, 2018 - 9:02 PM

The bill, which still has to go through the formality of a third reading and senate hearing, would see Russian men retire at 65 instead of 60 and has sparked rare national protest, with tens of thousands rallying across Russia in recent months.

PENSION REFORM. Presidential candidate, President Vladimir Putin gives a speech during a rally to support his candidature in the upcoming presidential election at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on March 3, 2018. File photo by Kirill Kudryatsev/AFP

EU parliament approves copyright law in blow to big tech

Sep 12, 2018 - 8:55 PM

(UPDATED) Members of European Parliament (MEPs) meeting in the French city of Strasbourg voted 438 in favor of the measure, 226 against, with 39 abstentions

Cambodian parliament launches era of one-party rule

Sep 05, 2018 - 6:25 PM

Parliament will reconvene on Thursday for the formality of voting Hun Sen back in as prime minister, extending his 33-year rule over the country by another 5 years.

CAMBODIA'S PARLIAMENT. This handout photo taken and released by the National Assembly on September 5, 2018 shows lawmakers meeting at the National Assembly during the opening ceremony of the parliament in Phnom Penh. Photo by Cambodia National Assembly/AFP

Europe's news agencies blast Google, Facebook for 'plundering' content

Sep 04, 2018 - 4:34 PM

Critics, however, say that the new proposed copyright law in Europe may restrict the usage of memes and remixes by everyday internet users who often use content without securing the rights