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EU parliament chief attacks 'cynical' states over refugee crisis

BERLIN (Reuters) - The "glaring failures" of some European countries to take in refugees are turning the Mediterranean into a mass grave and creating gruesome scenes at borders, the head of the European Parliament has said.

Parliament and Equal Pay

Here is some information from the Scottish Parliament web site on how to submit a public petition for consideration by MSPs. Now I think a petition about what's happening to the equal pay claims of GMB members in North Lanarkshire may...Show More Summary

'The Best Thing About Feminists Is They Don't Get Action So When You Rape Them It's 100 Times Tighter': Welcome To Facebook And Tinder

A tinder profile, followed by public shaming, followed by Facebook fights... and then the rape threats started. And now police and parliament are involved. Max Chalmers reports.

Duma Speaker May Head Russia's Delegation to OSCE PA Session in Mongolia

Speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament Sergei Naryshkin might head Russia’s delegation to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's (OSCE) Parliamentary Assembly session in Mongolia’s Ulaanbaatar, a source in the parliament said Friday.

A Dangerous Shift Against Democracy in Tanzania

Last Saturday, we in Tanzania kicked-off our official campaign season that will culminate in elections at the end of October. Twenty four million Tanzanians are registered to vote to elect a new President, Parliament, and local government Councilors. Show More Summary

How a Photographer Captured the USSR’s Dramatic Rise as the U.S. Economy Tanked

On August 29, 1991, the Soviet Parliament suspended the activities of the Communist Party. But when LIFE photographer Margaret Bourke-White visited the country in 1930, she found an empire on the rise.

Rabbits for Equal Pay

I was intrigued by this BBC article on 'rights for rabbits' campaigners who have taken their case for bunnies to enjoy greater legal protection to MSPs in the Scottish Parliament. The reason being that the Scottish Parliament has had...Show More Summary

Matvienko Visa Issue 'Shameless Violation' of Int'l Law by US - Naryshkin

The United States' visa limitations against Valentina Matvienko, the speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament, are a "shameless violation" of international law, speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament Sergei Naryshkin said Friday.

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A year after she was elected as the Female Muslim MP in Malawi parliament, Aisha Mambo has vowed to use her new role to advocate for a larger representation of Muslim women in the country. Leading Muslim Organization Campaigns for Women-Friendly Mosques, calling on mosques across the country to be more inclusive of women. Nearly all [Read More...]

Napthine to quit politics

Former Vic premier to leave parliament on Monday after 27 years.

Japan student group injects new exuberance into anti-war protests

TOKYO (Reuters) - Wearing shorts and a baggy T-shirt and clutching a microphone, Aki Okuda stands before a crowd, the pyramid-shaped roof of Japan's parliament lit up against the night sky behind him.

Street Selfies Take a Snapshot of British Democracy

The British Parliament launched the “Democracy Street” initiative to engage the public in their democratic history. Image courtesy of Jon Adams. Residential streets, motorways, and roundabouts in Britain are digitally exploring 800 years of democracy in a new interactive arts project that celebrates the anniversary of the Magna Carta. Show More Summary

Britain to Appoint Number of Pro-LGBT Politicians to House of Lords

2 days agoLGBT / Gay : Out.com

Photo via WikiCommons/Terry Moore The Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is divided between two chambers: the House of Commons and the House of Lords. While members of the House of Commons are elected...Show More Summary

U.N. envoy confident Libya factions can seal deal around September 10

PARIS (Reuters) - The United Nations special envoy to Libya said he was optimistic that the country's two parliaments will be ready to agree on forming a unity government by mid-September, a vital step towards ending the political crisis and military conflict.

US Visa Limitations Breach Int'l Law - Russian Federation Council Speaker

Valentina Matviyenko, speaker of the upper house of Russia's parliament, said Thursday that the United States' decision to grant her a limited visa is "unacceptable" and breaches international law.

Election Poll Shows Turkey's Ruling Party Unlikely To Gain Majority

3 days agoNews : Huffington Post

ANKARA, Aug 26 (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu invited high profile opposition figures to join an interim cabinet on Wednesday, two months before a snap election at which his ruling AK Party may not recover its parliamentary majority. Show More Summary

Turkey's Election Fatigue

Turkey emerged from the 7 June 2015 election with a hung parliament. As this election terminated Turkey's governing AK Party's uninterrupted 13-year rule, the business of forming a coalition government was once again in play. Anti-AK Party players were sanguine at first that a government excluding the AK Party could be formed. Show More Summary

Matvienko Visit to US Impossible Due to 'Unacceptable' Visa Restrictions

The US entry visa contains a number of unacceptable restrictions on the speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament Valentina Matvienko’s stay in the United States and makes her visit to the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament at the United Nations' Headquarters in New York impossible, according to the Russian Foreign Ministry.

Leading Tripoli negotiator quits a day before new Libya peace talks

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - A senior negotiator from one of Libya's two parliaments on Wednesday quit U.N.-sponsored talks on forming a unity government a day before a new round of negotiations.

Estonia mourns musicologist politician

Vardo Rumessen, who has died aged 73, was the leading scholar of the music of Eduard Tubin and member of parliament for the moderate-right Pro Patria party. (How many musicologists are there in your parliament?)

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