March 22, 2013 |
ATHENS - Racing against time and short on choices, Cyprus lawmakers on Friday made an abrupt about-face, agreeing to emergency legislation as part of yet another bailout formula cobbled together to secure a $13-billion lifeline to keep its weak banks afloat and avert a devastating default. After 25 members of Cyprus' parliament abstained from voting, two voted against the plan and one walked out, 26 lawmakers approved the creation of a national solidarity fund to manage state assets, including public and private pension funds.
March 13, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber attacked a popular sporting event Wednesday in northern Afghanistan, killing eight people including relatives of the Afghan parliamentary speaker as a crowd of thousands commemorated the coming Persian new year. Spectators said the attacker targeted the family of Abdul Rauf Ibrahimi, speaker of the lower house of parliament. Ibrahimi's brother, father, nephew and cousin were among the dead, said Amanuddin Quraishi, governor of Imam Sahib district in Kunduz province, where the attack took place.
February 12, 2013 |
In a key victory Tuesday for same-sex couples in France, a measure allowing them to marry and adopt children passed the lower house of Parliament, the National Assembly. The measure, pushed through by the Socialist administration of President Francois Hollande, passed by a vote of 329 to 229. It now goes to the Senate, which is also controlled by the Socialists and their allies. A vote is scheduled for April 2. If the bill passes in the Senate, France will join 11 other nations, including Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Norway, the Netherlands and South Africa, where same-sex marriage is legal.
February 9, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- India executed Mohammad Afzal Guru on Saturday, an Indian national from divided Kashmir convicted of providing logistical support for a notorious 2001 attack on parliament that killed at least seven people and fanned regional tension. Authorities hoped this would put an end to a painful chapter in the country's history but braced for violence, erecting barriers, deploying hundreds of security forces and slapping a curfew on parts of Kashmir. Residents of the disputed region, which has had a separatist insurgency for decades, learned of the restrictions through mosque announcements made during morning prayers.
February 5, 2013 |
LONDON -- British lawmakers voted Tuesday to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed, siding with majority opinion in the country but exposing major divisions within the ruling Conservative Party. Nearly seven hours of debate in Parliament culminated in a 400-175 vote in favor of a bill that authorizes same-sex marriages but also exempts religious organizations from having to perform them. The measure puts Britain on track to join other European nations, including Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands, in opening up marriage to homosexual couples.
January 23, 2013 |
AMMAN, Jordan -- Polls closed in Jordan on Wednesday night in elections that King Abdullah II called part of a major governmental reform initiative but that opposition parties boycotted as offering insufficient change. The state news agency said that at least 56% of eligible voters cast ballots in the election for the 150-member lower house of parliament. Results were expected Thursday. Abdullah touted Wednesday's election as the centerpiece of his reformist agenda, an answer to street protests in his own nation and the wave of popular uprisings that swept the Middle East.