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USA POLITICS: California Lawmakers Take Anti-Trump Stance as Session Ends

USA POLITICS: California Lawmakers Take Anti-Trump Stance as Session Ends

Trump issued an executive order in January targeting funding for cities that offer illegal immigrants safe harbor by declining to use municipal resources to enforce federal immigration laws. A San Francisco judge blocked the order.

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IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Parliament Rejects Iraqi Kurdish Referendum: Lawmakers

IRAQ POLITICS: Iraqi Parliament Rejects Iraqi Kurdish Referendum: Lawmakers

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s government had previously rejected the referendum as unilateral and unconstitutional.

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ISRAEL POLITICS: Israeli Lawmakers Aqsa Visits Spark Palestinians, Jordan Anger

ISRAEL POLITICS: Israeli Lawmakers Aqsa Visits Spark Palestinians, Jordan Anger

Another Israeli legislator, Ahmad Tibi, also accused the right-wing Israeli lawmakers of seeking to change the status quo of the site.

“The Arab MKs come to their home, to their mosque. But the right-wing extremist MKs storm the mosque with the protection of … police, and they are the same ones who want to change the status quo to allow them to pray in the courtyard of the mosque,” he added.

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SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: ANC Lawmakers Who Voted Against Him Must Be Punished: Zuma Says

SOUTH AFRICA POLITICS: ANC Lawmakers Who Voted Against Him Must Be Punished: Zuma Says

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma called the defectors “people who have double hearts, one for the ANC and one for other parties,” and said they “must be taken to the (ANC) disciplinary committee,” South African media reported.

“What our enemies (opposition members of parliament) were doing was to say: ‘How can we destroy the ANC and weaken it, so that we can take control of the country?’ … We should never do it again,” Zuma was quoted as saying.

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IRAN POLITICS: Lawmakers Overwhelmingly Pass Bill in Response to US Sanctions

IRAN POLITICS: Lawmakers Overwhelmingly Pass Bill in Response to US Sanctions

In a session Sunday, 240 lawmakers voted for the bill, with only one abstention, to confront “America’s terrorist and adventurous actions” in the region. The plan would require Iran’s government and armed forces to draw up a strategy to counter US violations of human rights around the world, and to support Iranian bodies and individuals affected by US sanctions. Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, who is the head of an Iranian commission tasked with monitoring the agreement’s implementation, told MPs that the government backed the bill which he described as “very strong.”

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ETHIOPIA POLITICS: Ten Months State of Emergency Lifted By Lawmakers

ETHIOPIA POLITICS: Ten Months State of Emergency Lifted By Lawmakers

In addition to their decision to lift the emergency decree, the MPs are expected to approve Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn’s new picks for two ministerial positions at the Ehiopia Ministry of Federal and Pastoralist Affairs and Ministry of Education, as well as a new head at the national electoral board.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Corruption Charges: Lawmakers to Vote Whether to Put Temer on Trial

BRAZIL POLITICS: Corruption Charges: Lawmakers to Vote Whether to Put Temer on Trial

“Every day, new information comes in on other corruption cases involving the government. The more of this that comes to the attention of voters and Congress, the greater the chances of us getting the votes to remove Temer,” said Paul Pimento, from leftist Workers’ Party.

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USA POLITICS: Rise in Car Accidents in Legalized States: Is It the Greenery?

USA POLITICS: Rise in Car Accidents in Legalized States: Is It the Greenery?

Lawmakers should be putting their energies toward cracking down on alcohol consumption and driving even more, not on cannabis and driving.

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USA POLITICS: New Jersey Lawmakers Scramble to End Partial Government Shutdowns

USA POLITICS: New Jersey Lawmakers Scramble to End Partial Government Shutdowns

The shutdown came after LePage threatened to veto a compromise reached by lawmakers in the state’s $7.055 billion, two-year budget.

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INDIA POLITICS: US Lawmakers to Trump: Press Modi on Trade, Investment

INDIA POLITICS: US Lawmakers to Trump: Press Modi on Trade, Investment

Modi is due to meet with Trump on Monday at the White House, when he will seek to revitalize ties that have appeared to drift, in spite of the priority they were afforded under former President Barack Obama.

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USA POLITICS: Google to US Lawmakers: Update Access to Overseas Data

USA POLITICS: Google to US Lawmakers: Update Access to Overseas Data

Kent Walker, Google’s senior VP and general counsel, will announce the company’s framework during a speech in Washington, D.C., at the Heritage Foundation.

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PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Regina Lopez Forced to Resign By Lawmakers

PHILIPPINE POLITICS: Regina Lopez Forced to Resign By Lawmakers

“It is the constitutional right of every Filipino to a clean and healthy environment,” an emotional, at times angry, Regina Lopez told reporters.

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HUNGARY POLITICS: EU Lawmakers to European Parliament: Punish Hungary After Orban Crackdown On Foreign Universities

HUNGARY POLITICS: EU Lawmakers to European Parliament: Punish Hungary After Orban Crackdown On Foreign Universities

Hungary’s parliament approved a law that could force out a university founded by financier George Soros despite international condemnation and protests by thousands of Hungarians.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Lawmakers Vote to Regulate Uber, Other Apps

BRAZIL POLITICS: Lawmakers Vote to Regulate Uber, Other Apps

Brazil Politics news: Majority of lawmakers approved the main text of the bill and voted on specific items that still need to be cleared in the Senate.

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BENIN POLITICS: Benin to France: Return ‘Colonial Treasures’

BENIN POLITICS: Benin to France: Return ‘Colonial Treasures’

Benin Politics: “We don’t have oil, we don’t have gold but we do have these treasures which aren’t kept here,” Beninese lawmaker Orden Alladatin, said.

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USA POLITICS: Trump Ultimatum to Republicans: ‘Pass Healthcare Bill Friday Or Keep Obamacare in Place’

USA POLITICS: Trump Ultimatum to Republicans: ‘Pass Healthcare Bill Friday Or Keep Obamacare in Place’

US President Trump demands support in do-or-die Friday vote on healthcare plan. Republican lawmakers struggling to overcome differences over new healthcare.

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USA POLITICS: Trump to Republican Lawmakers: There’ll Be Backlash for Healthcare Failure

USA POLITICS: Trump to Republican Lawmakers: There’ll Be Backlash for Healthcare Failure

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Republican lawmakers that voters could punish them if they do not approve a plan he favors to dismantle Obamacare.

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USA POLITICS: Lawmakers Seek FBI, NSA Answers On Trump, Russia At Rare Public Hearing

USA POLITICS: Lawmakers Seek FBI, NSA Answers On Trump, Russia At Rare Public Hearing

Trump fired his national security adviser, Michael Flynn, after he failed to disclose contacts with Russia’s ambassador before Trump took office on Jan. 20.

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BRAZIL POLITICS: Politicians Scramble to Negotiate Amnesty

BRAZIL POLITICS: Politicians Scramble to Negotiate Amnesty

Brazil Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot calls for investigations into bribery and political kickbacks against six cabinet ministers and over 100 lawmakers.

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USA POLITICS: Texas Lawmakers Illegally Drew Three Voting Districts on Racial Lines: Court Rules

USA POLITICS: Texas Lawmakers Illegally Drew Three Voting Districts on Racial Lines: Court Rules

U.S. Court District Judges Xavier Rodriguez and Orlando Garcia in San Antonio found that the districts’ shapes diluted minority voters’ power.

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