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December 12, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY -- The lower chamber of Mexico's Congress followed the lead of the Senate on Wednesday night by approving an energy reform bill that would open the country's nationalized oil and gas industry to foreign investment. The bill, which proponents say will help Mexico reverse its declining oil production with the help of foreign capital and expertise, passed on a 354-134 vote, clearing the two-thirds vote hurdle necessary for passage. The Senate approved the bill late Tuesday.
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February 8, 2014 | By Emily Alpert Reyes
Despite staggering rates of unemployment, the Inland Empire continued to pull tens of thousands of people from Los Angeles County during the recession and its aftermath - the nation's biggest net county-to-county movement from 2007 to 2011 - new Census Bureau estimates reveal. Roughly 35,000 more people poured into the Inland Empire from Los Angeles County than moved in the opposite direction. The migration occurred even as Riverside and San Bernardino counties lost some 144,000 jobs.
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WORLD
August 26, 2010 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
After a long, bruising political battle, the lower house of India's parliament on Wednesday passed a civilian nuclear liability bill that would pave the way for American and other foreign companies to join a nuclear-reactor building spree. As if to punctuate the need for more electricity generation in a nation where power outages are a daily event, the lights went out in the Parliament building just as the bill was brought to a vote. "This is why we need nuclear energy," said one lawmaker to general laughter.
WORLD
December 12, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY -- The lower chamber of Mexico's Congress followed the lead of the Senate on Wednesday night by approving an energy reform bill that would open the country's nationalized oil and gas industry to foreign investment. The bill, which proponents say will help Mexico reverse its declining oil production with the help of foreign capital and expertise, passed on a 354-134 vote, clearing the two-thirds vote hurdle necessary for passage. The Senate approved the bill late Tuesday.
WORLD
October 18, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
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.
WORLD
July 14, 2012 | By Khristina Narizhnaya, Los Angeles Times
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.
WORLD
July 14, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
WORLD
February 16, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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January 30, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
WORLD
January 29, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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October 19, 2013 | By Henry Chu, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
LONDON -- The violin believed to have belonged to the bandleader on the Titanic fetched nearly $1.45 million at auction Saturday, becoming far and away the most expensive piece of memorabilia associated with the ocean liner ever to be sold. The British auction house Henry Aldridge & Son had originally expected the battered-looking instrument to sell for a third of that amount. But the legend surrounding the fiddle, its embodiment of the heroic self-sacrifice of a band that famously kept playing as the ill-fated ship met its watery doom, boosted bidding to stratospheric levels.
WORLD
October 18, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
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.
WORLD
October 2, 2013 | By Tom Kington
ROME - In a shocking reversal that left his party in disarray and could seriously damage his political fortunes, former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi made a U-turn on plans to bring down the Italian government and force early elections. Berlusconi threw his support behind Premier Enrico Letta in a crucial confidence vote Wednesday after members of his own party threatened to desert him. Letta is trying to pass reforms intended to drag Italy out of its most serious recession since World War II. After last-ditch talks with rebels in his party, the 77-year-old media mogul made a brief speech to the Senate shortly before the vote, saying, "We have decided, not without some internal strife, to support the government.
WORLD
September 2, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI - India passed into law Monday an ambitious program to provide nearly free food to some 800 million Indians. Supporters hailed it as a long-overdue fix for the nation's rampant poverty, while critics slammed it as a shameless and electoral ploy the country can't afford that will encourage more waste and corruption. The National Food Security Bill gives two-thirds of India's population the right to buy 12 pounds of rice, wheat, millet or other cereals each month at no more than 3 cents per pound.
WORLD
July 18, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Several thousand people angered by what they consider the unfair conviction of charismatic opposition leader Alexei Navalny took to the streets of Moscow in protest Thursday evening. Navalny was convicted earlier in the day of embezzling about $530,000 in 2009 from a company that has since gone bankrupt, a charge his supporters say was politically motivated. He was convicted in Kirov, a regional capital, and sentenced to five years in prison and a fine of about $15,000.
WORLD
June 18, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- The lower house of Russia's parliament gave initial approval Tuesday to ban the adoption of Russian orphans by foreign same-sex married couples or by single persons from countries where same-sex marriages are allowed. Some lawmakers said the measure was intended as a response to a French law passed last month allowing same-sex marriage. The latest measure would not currently apply to Americans because they are already banned from adopting Russians. Lawmakers took that step in December in response to passage by the U.S. Congress of a law denying visas and imposing financial sanctions on Russian officials involved in the case of attorney Sergei Magnitsky, who died in prison in 2011 after shedding light on a multimillion-dollar scam.
WORLD
April 25, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Germany's lower house of Parliament voted 515 to 58 to approve a new European Union treaty, easily clearing the necessary two-thirds majority. That reflected wide political support for the treaty in the EU's most populous country. It now goes to the upper house, representing the country's 16 state governments, where it is expected to pass easily in a vote May 23. The treaty alters the EU's decision-making process, envisaging more decisions by majority vote rather than unanimous endorsement.
WORLD
June 11, 2013 | By Khristina Narizhnaya
MOSCOW - Despite opposition from human rights activists, Russia's lower house of parliament Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would ban providing children with information on homosexuality. The lower house, or State Duma, voted 436-0 with one abstention to pass the bill introduced by the pro-Kremlin United Russia political party banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.” The measure still needs to go through the Federation Council, or senate, and be signed by President Vladimir Putin, but is considered almost certain to become law, possibly by the end of June.
WORLD
April 12, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
France is one step closer to allowing couples of the same sex to wed and adopt children after its Senate on Friday approved a landmark bill to legalize gay marriage. Justice Minister Christiane Taubira , a supporter of the bill, said legalizing gay marriage and enshrining adoption rights “is an act of freedom, it is an act of equality, and it is an act of brotherhood” (link in French). “Marriage becomes a universal institution,” she added. Polls have shown that a majority of the French support gay marriage, but are divided on granting adoption rights to partners of the same sex. The Socialist government of President Francois Hollande has backed the “marriage for all” legislation through fervent protests by religious conservatives in the traditionally Roman Catholic country, a split reflected in the 179-to-157 Senate vote.
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