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UK POLITICS: Timeline for Theresa May’s Brexit Legislation

UK POLITICS: Timeline for Theresa May’s Brexit Legislation

UK House of Lords begins debating legislation which would give Prime Minister Theresa May the power to trigger Britain’s exit from the European Union.

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MALAWI POLITICS: Parliament Passed Bill On Marriage Age

MALAWI POLITICS: Parliament Passed Bill On Marriage Age

Malawi Parliament passed a landmark bill to amend the Constitution and harmonise the age of a child with other relevant laws thereby securing the protection of children against early marriage.

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USA POLITICS: Trump, Republicans Set Timeframe to Replace Obamacare

USA POLITICS: Trump, Republicans Set Timeframe to Replace Obamacare

“We’re doing Obamacare, we’re in the final stages,” Trump told a news conference. “So we will be submitting sometime in early March, mid-March.”

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USA POLITICS: Mick Mulvaney Confirmed Trump’s Budget Director

USA POLITICS: Mick Mulvaney Confirmed Trump’s Budget Director

The vote came as Republican Senator John McCain opposed Mick Mulvaney along with 46 Democrats and two independents.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Lawmakers Approve Amnesty Program

BRAZIL POLITICS: Lawmakers Approve Amnesty Program

Brazil Lower House of Congress on Wednesday approved a bill that reopens a program providing an amnesty against criminal prosecution to Brazilians holding undeclared assets abroad if they pay tax and a fine.

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USA POLITICS: Republicans Push for Flynn to Testify Before Congress

USA POLITICS: Republicans Push for Flynn to Testify Before Congress

Senator Lindsey Graham, a top Republican voice on foreign policy who has been a Trump critic, called for a broader bipartisan congressional investigation.

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ROMANIA POLITICS: Parliament Endorses President’s Anti-Corruption Referendum

ROMANIA POLITICS: Parliament Endorses President’s Anti-Corruption Referendum

Romania’s parliament on Monday unanimously endorsed a presidential plan to hold a national referendum over anti-corruption reforms after mass street protests forced the government into an embarrassing U-turn over a graft decree.

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UK POLITICS: Theresa May Wins Lower Chamber Approval to Trigger Brexit From EU

UK POLITICS: Theresa May Wins Lower Chamber Approval to Trigger Brexit From EU

Lawmakers (MPs) voted 494 to 122 in favour of legislation giving May the right to trigger Brexit, ending days of intense debate. The bill now needs the approval of the upper chamber, in which May does not have a majority, before it becomes law.

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USA POLITICS: Official: Jeff Sessions Becomes Attorney General

USA POLITICS: Official: Jeff Sessions Becomes Attorney General

“Denigrating people who disagree with us, I think, is not a healthy trend for our body,” Senator Jeff Sessions said, referring to the Senate.

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ROMANIA POLITICS: Graft Debacle: Government Survives No-Confidence Motion

ROMANIA POLITICS: Graft Debacle: Government Survives No-Confidence Motion

“I do hope that as of today we get back to work,” Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu told lawmakers before the vote.

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USA POLITICS: Here’s Coretta Scott King Letter Elizabeth Warren Was Prevented From Reading in Senate

USA POLITICS: Here’s Coretta Scott King Letter Elizabeth Warren Was Prevented From Reading in Senate

Senator Elizabeth Warren was silenced on Tuesday night during the Senate debate over the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions as Attorney General after she quoted a letter written by the late Coretta Scott King in which King spoke out against Sessions’ character, the Washington Post and other outlets reported.

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USA POLITICS: Official: Betsy DeVos Wins Senate Confirmation Vote

USA POLITICS: Official: Betsy DeVos Wins Senate Confirmation Vote

President Donald Trump’s choice of billionaire Betsy DeVos to be education secretary was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday.

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NIGERIA POLITICS: Ambassadorial Nominees Screening Disrupted By Power Outage

NIGERIA POLITICS: Ambassadorial Nominees Screening Disrupted By Power Outage

Power outage at the Nigerian Senate disrupted the screening of non-career ambassadorial nominees of President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday.

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USA POLITICS: Betsy DeVos Confirmation Takes Center Stage

USA POLITICS: Betsy DeVos Confirmation Takes Center Stage

Senate set the stage for final vote on Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos’ nomination to lead the Department of Education, voting 52 to 48 to cut off debate.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Ally Congressman Rodrigo Maia Re-Elected As Speaker

BRAZIL POLITICS: Temer Ally Congressman Rodrigo Maia Re-Elected As Speaker

Maia promised to make the lower chamber a “protagonist” in Temer’s reform agenda and give priority to passage of a bill modernizing Brazil’s outdated labor laws, a major demand from the businessmen struggling with a two-year recession.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Urges ‘Nuclear Option’ For Gorsuch Confirmation

USA POLITICS: Trump Urges ‘Nuclear Option’ For Gorsuch Confirmation

“If we end up with that gridlock, I would say, ‘If you can, Mitch, go nuclear,” Trump said at a White House meeting with conservative activists.

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USA POLITICS: Official: Tillerson Confirmed As Secretary of State

USA POLITICS: Official: Tillerson Confirmed As Secretary of State

56 senators backed Tillerson, and 43 voted no. The tally was largely along party lines, with every Republican favoring Tillerson, along with four members of the Democratic caucus, Senators Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Manchin and Mark Warner as well as Angus King, an independent.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Vote On Bill Legalizing 4,000 Settler Homes Postponed

ISRAEL POLITICS: Vote On Bill Legalizing 4,000 Settler Homes Postponed

The bill has been condemned by Palestinians as a blow to their hopes of statehood but its passage may only be largely symbolic as it contravenes Israeli Supreme Court rulings on property rights.

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USA POLITICS: Bills Targeting Protests in US States Fuel Free Speech Fears

USA POLITICS: Bills Targeting Protests in US States Fuel Free Speech Fears

Republican lawmakers in several central U.S. states are pushing bills that would crack down on demonstrations, drawing criticism from free speech campaigners.

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GAMBIA POLITICS: Parliament Revoked State Of Emergency

GAMBIA POLITICS: Parliament Revoked State Of Emergency

Jammeh plunged Gambia into turmoil in early December when he refused to accept his election defeat to challenger Adama Barrow, demanding a new poll and later dissolving the National Assembly and declaring a three-month state of emergency.

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