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October 28, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The upper house of Russia's parliament ratified the Kyoto Protocol and sent it on to President Vladimir V. Putin for his signature -- setting the stage for the global climate treaty to come into force next year. Putin's stamp of approval is considered a formality, but the Kremlin has given no indication of when he will sign the pact, which seeks to slow global warming by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. The pact will apply only to nations that ratify it, a group that does not include the U.S.
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March 17, 2014 | By Patrick McGreevy and Melanie Mason
SACRAMENTO - The Democrats' loss of a legislative supermajority stifled their push to change California's campaign finance and affirmative action laws Monday, potentially foreshadowing a return to partisan battles over their other priorities, such as property taxes, water policy and a rainy-day fund. Monday's losses come less than two years after Democrats won a historic two-thirds control over both the state Senate and Assembly, eliminating the need for a single Republican vote on any bill.
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March 20, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Britain's upper house of Parliament, the House of Lords, voted for restrictions on hunting with hounds after the lower house voted to ban it outright. Neither chamber's vote is binding; Prime Minister Tony Blair's government said it wanted to assess the opinions of lawmakers before deciding what to do. But some lawmakers said the fox hunting issue has also become a test of the supremacy of the elected lower house over unelected peers in the House of Lords.
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November 21, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
Events Thursday brought more evidence of why much of the 2014 campaign will feature candidates fleeing, figuratively or literally, from Washington. In the Senate, supposedly the more collegial of the two houses of Congress, bitterness seethed beneath the veneer of civility as majority Democrats and minority Republicans fought over a filibuster rule that has, depending on the viewpoint, given voice to the outnumbered or contributed mightily to paralysis on things like presidential appointments.
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June 11, 1994 | Reuters
Germany's upper house of Parliament threw out a government bill Friday for tougher anti-crime measures, including laws to counter neo-Nazi propaganda and to criminalize the so-called "Auschwitz Lie." The Bundesrat had called for elements in the bill aimed at fighting the far right to be separated from measures aimed at ordinary crime. But the government called that suggestion "totally absurd."
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October 23, 1990 | Associated Press
Parliament on Monday ousted the Communist Party chief from its upper house after his criticisms of government reforms prompted nationwide anti-Communist protests. The dismissal of Communist Chairman Vasil Mohorita followed President Vaclav Havel's firing last week of Gen. Miroslav Vacek as defense minister to regain civilian control of the military after four decades of Communist rule.
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July 6, 1991 | From Reuters
This city, which lost out to Berlin as united Germany's seat of government, was handed a consolation prize Friday when the upper house of Parliament voted, as expected, to stay here for the time being. The small but influential Bundesrat--made up of representatives of Germany's 16 states--voted 38-30 in favor of remaining in this quiet Rhineside town. The powerful lower house, the Bundestag, voted on June 20 to move itself and the government from Bonn to Berlin by the end of the century.
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September 25, 1997 | From Associated Press
A hotly debated bill that many believe will curb freedom of religion in Russia won unanimous and final passage from parliament Wednesday and appeared certain to become law. Boris N. Yeltsin's spokesman has indicated that the president will sign the legislation, which enshrines Russia's conservative Orthodox Church as the country's preeminent religion.
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May 9, 2005 | From Associated Press
Egypt's upper house of parliament on Sunday approved guidelines to regulate the first multicandidate presidential elections, but opposition figures criticized the rules, saying they aimed to exclude real competitors to President Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak, 77, hasn't announced whether he will run for a fifth term on the September ballot but is widely expected to do so. The president has said no religious-oriented political parties will be allowed to compete.
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December 6, 1996 | From Reuters
The upper house of Russia's parliament Thursday publicly laid claim to Ukraine's Black Sea naval port of Sevastopol, saying it was part of Russia and Kiev had no legal right to govern it. The Federation Council, in a move likely to cause a storm of protest in Kiev and further worsen mistrustful relations between the two governments, endorsed the demand that Ukraine surrender the city by a majority of 110 to 14.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 8, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
SACRAMENTO - State Sen. Bill Emmerson (R-Redlands) abruptly announced his resignation Friday, saying that after nine years in the Legislature  his passion for the job had waned and his constituents deserve better. Emmerson's departure, effective Dec. 1, comes after a series of elections in which Democrats in the Senate won a supermajority, significantly reducing the ability of Republican lawmakers to remain a force in the upper house. “My nine years of service have been some of the most fulfilling years of my life.  It has been an honor to work alongside my colleagues in both the State Assembly and the state Senate - institutions that I hold in the highest regard,” Emmerson said in a statement posted on his website.
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June 26, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- The upper house of Russia's parliament decided Wednesday to create a special group to investigate whether the United States is violating the human rights of leaker Edward Snowden by pursuing him on espionage charges. The former contract worker for the National Security Agency is believed to be in the transit section of Moscow's Sheremetyevo airport, where he arrived Sunday on a flight from Hong Kong. He is being sought by U.S. officials under a felony warrant for revealing details of the NSA's widespread tracking of telephone communications.
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June 14, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details,
MOSCOW - Russia on Friday said it was not persuaded by U.S. assertions that Syria has used chemical weapons in the country's civil war and called the decision to send arms to some rebel groups unhelpful. Yuri Ushakov, an aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin, said information provided by the United States to back up its claims “doesn't look convincing to us.” Russia and the U.S. have been trying to persuade the Syrian government and opposition forces to take part in peace talks in Geneva.
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June 2, 2013 | By Ingy Hassieb
CAIRO - Egypt's highest court ruled Sunday that both the country's upper house of parliament and the committee that drafted the nation's constitution had been elected illegally, but the impact of the decision appeared to be largely technical. “The ruling,” lawyer Khaled Abu Bakr said, “has no actual effect on the ground.” The Supreme Constitutional Court was acting in response to lawsuits filed against both the upper house, known as the Shura Council, and the 100-member constitutional committee.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 14, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy
State Assemblywoman Norma Torres (D-Pomona) is headed to the California Senate after winning a decisive victory in a special election Tuesday. With 100% of precincts reporting, Torres had 59.4% of the vote over Republican Paul S. Leon in the election to fill a seat vacated when Democratic Sen. Gloria Negrete McLeod was elected last year to Congress. Leon is the mayor of Ontario. The 32nd Senate District straddles San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties, including the cities of Fontana, Montclair and San Bernardino.
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April 23, 2013 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
PARIS - The French Parliament on Tuesday approved a bill allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt, voting after months of often angry debate and sometimes violent protests in the streets. Members of the Socialist government chanted "Equality, equality" and stood up to applaud the results of the 331-225 vote in the National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament. The center-right opposition party immediately announced its intention to appeal the law. Justice Minister Christiane Taubira, a strong supporter of the bill, said she was "overcome with emotion.
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June 30, 1992 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prime Minister Kiichi Miyazawa will win a victory of historic proportions and solidify his power in the July 26 election for the upper house of Parliament, a leading Japanese political analyst predicted Monday. Minoru Morita, who forecast three months in advance the devastating defeat that the ruling Liberal Democratic Party suffered in the last upper house election, told foreign correspondents that Miyazawa's Liberal Democrats will win at least 71 of the 126 seats up for election.
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April 24, 1992 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Japan's ruling party has already abandoned hope of restoring in next July's election the majority in the upper house of Parliament that it lost three years ago, Tamisuke Watanuki, secretary general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said Thursday. "Our strategy is to restore the majority in the election three years from now," the party's No. 2 executive said.
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March 24, 2013 | By Kim Willsher
PARIS - French riot police battled Sunday with anti-gay marriage protesters who forced their way onto the world famous Champs Élysées. The demonstration was a last-ditch attempt to stop a bill backed by France's Socialist government that will allow same-sex couples to marry and adopt children. The National Assembly, France's lower house of parliament, approved what is known as the "marriage for all" legislation with a large majority last month. The bill will face a final vote in the Senate, the upper house, on April 4. Both houses are dominated by French President François Hollande's Socialist party and its allies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 13, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
SACRAMENTO - Assemblyman Ben Hueso (D-San Diego) has won a seat in the state Senate, restoring the supermajority the Democrats gained in the upper house in November. The unofficial tally gives Hueso 52.3% of the vote in a special election held this week for the vacant 40th Senate District. He defeated Democrat Anna Nevenic and two Republicans, Hector Raul Gastelum and Xanthi Gionis. The election fills one of three Senate vacancies. Hueso, who is scheduled to be sworn in March 21, replaces former Democratic Sen. Juan Vargas of San Diego.
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