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FOREIGN: Czech parliament dissolved for early elections

Czech MPs have voted to dissolve parliament, paving the way for early elections.New elections will end months of political turmoil after Prime Minister Petr Necas's government collapsed in June amid a bribery scandal. A government of technocrats, formed by President Milos Zeman in July and opposed by the main political parties, resigned last week.Fresh elections are expected to be held in October.The propos ...

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ODDITY: Myanmar Parliament is not a Talk workshop – Speaker says

Myanmar's Parliamentary speaker has warned MP's to avoid words that can harm national unity and consolidation, saying that parliament is not just an ordinary forum. Speaker Thura Shwe Mann made the warning before 25 MPs who were discussing a report submitted by the commission for investigation into land confiscation during a parliamentary session in Nay Pyi Taw on Thursday. "I want to tell you about some pr ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: Bulgaria Parliament overrides budget veto amid protests

SOFIA, Bulgaria: Bulgarian lawmakers on Friday voted to override a presidential veto on the revised 2013 budget amid ongoing anti-government street protests in the EU’s poorest country. A total of 130 lawmakers out of the 223 present in the Parliament were in favor of overriding the veto imposed last week by President Rosen Plevneliev, who is opposed to the cabinet’s plans to increase public debt to counter ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: Afghan lawmaker and her three children kidnapped by Taliban

A female lawmaker in the Afghanistan parliament and her three young children were kidnapped by Taliban gunmen as she made her way to celebration to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid, an official said Wednesday. Fariba Ahmadi Kakar was travelling between Kandahar and Kabul at the weekend when gunmen swooped in and took them hostage, The Deputy Governor of the Ghazni Province, Mohammad Ali Ahmadi told NBC News. ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: Iran’s parliament rejects 3 Cabinet nominees

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's conservative-dominated parliament rejected three of the new president's 18 nominees for his Cabinet on Thursday but approved 15 others, including those heading ministries key to implementing his agenda to reduce the Islamic Republic's international isolation and improve its economy.   Separately, President Hasan Rouhani appointed his predecessor's foreign minister as new head ...

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AFRICA: Mali Presidential run-off: Ekweremadu congratulates Keita  

LEGISREPORTS NG - The Speaker of the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS Parliament, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has congratulated the winner in the Mali presidential election, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. The congratulatory message was contained in a statement issued on Thursday in Abuja. Reacting to the official result of the run-off presidential election released earlier on Thursday ...

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FOREIGN: Jesse Jackson Jr. gets 30 months in prison for misusing campaign funds

  Washington (CNN) -- Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., once a rising Democratic star whose political fortunes imploded, was sentenced to 30 months in prison on Wednesday. "I misled the American people," Jackson, 48, said before U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson imposed the term, which she said should be served in Alabama. The ex-Illinois lawmaker's wife, Sandi, received a 12-month sentence for ...

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AFRICA: Zimbabwe – Tsvangirai Risks Party Revolt Over Parliament Boycott

    SOME of the newly elected MDC-T MPs have vowed to defy the party if it orders a boycott of Parliament to protest what the leadership has dismissed as a fraudulent election.   President Robert Mugabe won 61 percent of the vote against 34 percent for MDC-T leader Morgan Tsvangirai. In the legislative vote, Mugabe's Zanu PF won 160 seats in the lower house against 49 for the MDC-T.   Bu ...

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AFRICA: Ugandan Parliament Approves Tough Restrictions on Rallies

    Uganda's parliament has passed a bill that critics said will prevent all public rallies against President Yoweri Museveni and his government.   Opposition parties are threatening a legal challenge to the measure, known as the Public Management Order Bill -- which the president still has to sign into law.   The bill said police must be given advance written notice of any public meetin ...

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FOREIGN NEWS: India MPs protest against creation of Telangana state

  United Andhra Pradesh activists burn a portrait of former Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in Ananthapur, some 400km from Hyderabad on August 1, 2013   There has been an uproar in India's parliament over the decision of the ruling Congress party-led coalition to back the new state of Telangana.   Several MPs raised banners protesting against the move in the upper house, leading to a short ...

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