Legislature Headlines

  • Macedonian government submits deal on new name to parliament

    Macedonia's government on Monday set in motion the process of ratifying an initial agreement with southern neighbor Greece, under which it will change its name to "North Macedonia" and hopefully end a bitter 27-year dispute. Macedonian government spokesman Mile Bosnjakovski said a cabinet...

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  • Billionaire Kochs won't back GOP nominee for Virginia Senate

    A tea party group backed by billionaire conservatives plans to sit out the U.S. Senate race in Virginia. News outlets report that Americans for Prosperity has announced it won't support Republican nominee Corey Stewart as he tries to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine. The group...

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  • Macedonian police detain 25 after clashes in name protest

    Macedonian authorities say seven policemen have been injured and 25 protesters detained during overnight clashes in the capital of Skopje, as demonstrators opposed to the name deal with Greece tried to push their way into parliament.

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  • Spanish king’s brother-in-law imprisoned in graft case

    Spanish prison authorities say that the brother-in-law of Spain’s King Felipe VI has begun serving a nearly six-year sentence for fraud and tax evasion.

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  • Afghan Sikh leader holds out hope for dwindling minority

    Avtar Singh Khalsa will represent Afghanistan’s tiny Sikh and Hindu minority in the next parliament, where he says he hopes to serve the entire country.

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  • Afghan Sikh leader holds out hope for dwindling minority

    Avtar Singh Khalsa will represent Afghanistan's tiny Sikh and Hindu minority in the next parliament, where he says he hopes to serve the entire country. Few Afghans are as invested in the government's quest for peace and stability as the dwindling Sikh and Hindu minorities, which have been...

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  • Conservative wins Colombia’s presidency in divisive election

    Ivan Duque, the young conservative protege of a powerful former president, was elected Colombia’s next leader Sunday after promising to roll back a fragile peace accord that has divided the South American nation.

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  • UK legislator who blocked ‘upskirting’ law says he favors it

    The British legislator who singlehandedly blocked a proposal to make taking “upskirting” photos illegal says he favors the proposed law but stopped it because of the way it was introduced in Parliament.

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  • UK legislator who blocked 'upskirting' law says he favors it

    The British legislator who singlehandedly blocked a proposal to make taking "upskirting" photos illegal says he favors the proposed law but stopped it because of the way it was introduced in Parliament. Conservative Party lawmaker Christopher Chope ended his silence on the matter Sunday,...

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  • Who are Colombia’s presidential candidates?

    A former guerrilla fighter will compete against a conservative protege of a powerful ex-president for Colombia’s top office on Sunday, as the country holds a crucial presidential election. Gustavo Petro and Ivan Duque are at opposite ends of the ideological spectrum and have different views on almost every major issue facing the country. Here are the candidates’ bios:

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  • AP Explains: How Colombia’s presidential vote affects peace

    In 2016, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, signed a peace deal that ended five decades of conflict. The peace accord was praised around the world but its implementation has been slow going and ridden with obstacles. As Colombia prepares for a presidential election runoff Sunday the two candidates have starkly different ideas on how to carry out the peace pact.

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  • Who are Colombia's presidential candidates?

    A former guerrilla fighter will compete against a conservative protege of a powerful ex-president for Colombia's top office on Sunday, as the country holds a crucial presidential election. Gustavo Petro and Ivan Duque are at opposite ends of the ideological spectrum and have different views on...

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  • AP Explains: How Colombia's presidential vote affects peace

    In 2016, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, signed a peace deal that ended five decades of conflict. The peace accord was praised around the world but its implementation has been slow going and ridden with obstacles. As Colombia prepares for a...

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  • The Latest: Greek lawmakers reject no-confidence vote

    The Latest on a no-confidence vote in the Greek parliament (all times local):

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  • Bernie Sanders declining to help son in race fits pattern

    An endorsement by Bernie Sanders is one of the most coveted gifts in Democratic politics. But the Vermont senator and liberal darling is notoriously reluctant to back many politicians, including, it turns out, his own son. Sanders has come under scrutiny in recent weeks for not publicly...

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  • Despite cancer, McCain's maverick ways press on in tweets

    Sen. John McCain's legacy was thrust into focus nearly one year ago when he announced his brain cancer diagnosis. The six-term Senator and decorated Vietnam War veteran is now fighting the illness from his beloved Arizona, and filling the role of one of the few Congressional Republican voices...

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  • Portugal approves use of marijuana-based medicines

    Portugal’s parliament has given final legislative approval for the use of marijuana-based medicines, which are already permitted in other European countries.

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  • Portugal approves use of marijuana-based medicines

    Portugal's parliament has given final legislative approval for the use of marijuana-based medicines, which are already permitted in other European countries. An initial parliamentary debate five months ago considered a provision allowing patients to grow and use marijuana, but that...

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  • Slovenia: Parliament to hold first session since election

    Slovenian lawmakers will convene next week for the first time since an election earlier this month which saw a right-wing party make strong gains. President Borut Pahor on Friday scheduled the inaugural session of Slovenia's newly-elected parliament for June 22, paving the way for the...

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  • Greek parliament debates no-confidence motion in government

    Greek lawmakers on Friday were debating a no-confidence motion in the government brought by the main opposition party over a deal with Macedonia settling a long-standing dispute over the that country’s name.

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  • Bill passage seen as increasing China’s hold over Hong Kong

    Hong Kong’s legislature has passed a bill that will allow Chinese authorities to enforce their own laws within a portion of the semi-autonomous territory.

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  • Sessions cites Bible to defend separating immigrant families

    Attorney General Jeff Sessions cited the Bible on Thursday in his defense of his border policy that is resulting in hundreds of immigrant children being separated from their parents after they enter the U.S. illegally. Sessions, speaking in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on immigration, pushed back...

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  • Ryan not comfortable with separating parents, kids at border

    House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he's not comfortable with a Trump administration policy that separates children and parents at the southern border, as congressional Republicans face increasing pressure to address concerns about vulnerable families being torn apart. "We don't want kids...

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  • H&R Block shares skid again on store-shuttering plan

    Shares of H&R Block were down for the second day in a row following the tax preparer's announcement that it would shutter 400 offices in response to a new tax law that could simplify the average American's return. As more people opt for do-it-yourself software such as TurboTax, the Kansas...

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