October 18, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY - It may soon cost more to get fat in Mexico. New taxes on high-calorie junk food and sugary drinks were approved by Mexico's lower house of Congress in a marathon 18-hour session that ended Friday morning. They are part of a broader package of taxes and other fiscal changes proposed by President Enrique Peña Nieto aimed at generating nearly $20 billion for the national treasury. Mexico has one of the world's highest rates of obesity, recently surpassing the United States, and bigger price tags on chips, candy and other chatarra - or junk food - are being applauded by health experts.
July 14, 2012 |
MOSCOW - Russian lawmakers this week passed three measures to increase government control over the Internet, media and foreign-funded activist groups, despite widespread protests from Web professionals, journalists and human rights advocates. A bill that criminalizes libel and imposes fines of up to $153,400 on violators, and a measure that requires nongovernmental organizations, or NGOs, that receive foreign funding to register as "foreign agents," were approved by the lower house of the parliament Friday, the last day of the legislative session.
July 14, 2003 |
Three years after a stinging defeat in the presidential election, Mexico's former ruling party inched closer to a majority in Mexico's lower house of Congress, a sign that it will be even harder for President Vicente Fox to accomplish his goals before he leaves office in 2006. According to a high-ranking federal electoral official, the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, won 224 seats in the House of Deputies -- 27 spots short of a majority.
February 16, 2005 |
An outside challenger won the coveted post of speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress, handing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his Workers' Party their biggest political defeat since he took office in 2003. Severino Cavalcanti of the small, right-leaning Progressive Party defeated Lula's choice, Luiz Eduardo Greenhalgh, on promises to promote legislative independence from the executive branch.
January 30, 1999 |
The lower house of Russia's parliament approved the draft 1999 budget in its third reading, but a top official said Russia will have to wait months for desperately needed foreign aid. First Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Maslyukov said the International Monetary Fund was prepared to give Russia loans only after the Cabinet has implemented the budget for three months to prove its feasibility.
January 29, 2004 |
Japan's lower house passed a bill to make it easier to impose economic sanctions on North Korea, a step aimed at pressuring Pyongyang to hand over relatives of Japanese abducted decades ago and account for the fate of others. The bill does not name North Korea, but lawmakers say it is aimed at the reclusive state. Officials in Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's government also have said they don't have any plans to impose sanctions but want North Korea to agree to talks on the abductions.