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I Taught NATO to Stand Up to a Dictator

On May 2, 2017, a polite note arrived from the director of the Political Committee of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly (known as NATO PA) asking whether my organization, the Middle East Forum, “might be able to host a set of meetingsShow More Summary

Post Brexit chaos threatens UK expats with private pensions

British expat retirees with private UK pensions are being warned their regular payments may be at risk post-Brexit. Chairperson of the parliamentary Treasury Committee Nicky Morgan is calling for immediate action over the risk to UK expat private pension holders that their regular payments may be blocked after Brexit takes effect. Morgan... Expats Blog -

European Parliament Classifies Laws Against Abortion as “Violence Against Women and Girls”

The European Parliament (EP) took shocking and disturbing action last week when it adopted a parliamentary report which charges “the denial of sexual and reproductive health and rights services, including safe and legal abortion, is a form of violence against women and girls” by a vote of 489 in favor, 114 opposed and 69 abstentions. The […]

Despite by-election loss, Pakistan opposition claims momentum for 2018

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan's party said on Monday it had built momentum in a by-election for ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's parliamentary seat, despite finishing second, but the biggest inroads were made by two new Islamist groupings.

Iceland sets snap election for Oct. 28: president

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Iceland will hold a snap parliamentary election on Oct. 28, President Gudni Johannesson said on Monday, after the current government collapsed last week due to a scandal involving the prime minister's father.

Wife of ousted PM Sharif wins by-election in test of support for ruling party

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - The wife of ousted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday captured his parliamentary seat with a reduced majority in a by-election seen as a test of support for the Sharif dynasty ahead of the 2018 general election.

Ex-Pakistan PM's wife on course to win his by-election seat

2 days agoNews : The Newsroom

The wife of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was on course to win a parliamentary by-election for her husband's seat, which became vacant when he was ousted from office, according to unofficial early results Sunday. The Supreme...Show More Summary

Former Pakistani PM's wife contests by-election

The wife of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will contest a parliamentary by-election Sunday after her husband's seat became vacant when he was ousted from office. The Supreme Court ended Sharif's tenure and banned him from holding public office in July following an investigation into corruption allegations against him and his family. Show More Summary

Pakistanis vote in by-election seen as test of support for ousted PM Sharif

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistanis began casting votes on Sunday for the parliamentary seat vacated by ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in a by-election seen as a test of support for the Sharif dynasty ahead of the 2018 general election.

Iceland president accepts request for early vote, Nov. 4 possible date: PM

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Iceland's prime minister said on Saturday the president had accepted his request for a snap parliamentary election, and Nov. 4 had been discussed as a possible date.

Iceland PM calls snap election after coalition party quits over 'breach of trust'

REYKJAVIK (Reuters) - Iceland's prime minister called for a snap parliamentary election on Friday after one party in the ruling coalition quit the government formed less than nine months ago.

Swedish PM survives vote of no-confidence

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven easily survived a parliamentary vote of no confidence brought on Friday by the anti-immigration Sweden Democrats over a botched IT outsourcing project that may have led to the leak of sensitive information.

Parliamentary parties to start presidential campaigns in last days of December – report

5 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

Opposition parties with parliamentary representation will start preparations for the 2018 presidential polls with major conventions at which they’ll announce candidates, a Russian business newspaper reports. The events are scheduled for late December. Read Full Article at

Russia to maintain freeze of its annual PACE fees over assembly’s discriminatory policies

5 days agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

The deputy speaker of the Russian State Duma has told reporters that Moscow won’t unfreeze one-third of its annual payments to the Council of Europe unless this body’s Parliamentary Assembly adopts a regulation that would rule out discrimination against national delegations. Read Full Article at

Team investigating hate crimes against MPs deal with 102 complaints in its first year

LONDON — The specialist police unit created to investigate hate crimes against MPs has dealt with more than 100 complaints in its first year of being active. The Metropolitan Police's parliamentary liaison and investigations team, which...Show More Summary

A group of MPs want to ban Uber in London

A cross-party group of 10 MPs have urged Transport for London (TfL) to strip Uber of its operator licence by signing a letter written by Labour MP Wes Streeting, the chair of an all party parliamentary group on taxis. Conservative, Labour,...Show More Summary

Number of migrants arriving in Spain soars: minister

The number of migrants arriving in Spain so far this year has soared more than 88 percent from the same period in 2016, Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido said Tuesday. Speaking in a parliamentary commission on internal affairs, he...Show More Summary

Russian Politician: We Stole US Presidency

On a Sunday panel show, a Russian politician said U.S. "intelligence missed it when Russian intelligence stole the president of the United States." Vyacheslav Nikonov, a member of the Russian parliamentary body, the Duma, made the remarks on the panel show "Sunday Evening with Vladimir Solovyov."... Show More Summary

After financial pledges, France urges Chad to hold elections

PARIS - France on Monday urged Chadian authorities to press ahead with parliamentary elections after securing billions of dollars in pledges from donor countries aimed at helping to revive the country's struggling economy. PresidentShow More Summary

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