Canadian Lawmaker Apologizes for Taking Nude Photo of Colleague

It was not immediately clear what sanctions, if any, Sébastien Lemire would face after he acknowledged taking a nude photo of William Amos during a Zoom call.

#bloc-quebecois, #canada, #computers-and-the-internet, #conservative-party-canada, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #quebec-province-canada, #social-media, #videophones-and-videoconferencing

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Caving to Islamists, Pakistan’s Parliament Debates Expelling French Ambassador

Just a week ago, the government declared Tehreek-e-Labaik Pakistan a terrorist group. But after violent protests spurred by the publication of caricatures in France, the government acquiesced to the Islamist party’s demands.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #france, #khan-imran, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #mohammed-the-prophet-of-islam, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #terrorism

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Who Leaked a Nude Image of a Canadian Lawmaker? His Colleagues Want to Know.

After a photo of William Amos, a legislator from Quebec, circulated on social media, some lawmakers called for an investigation into what they described as a “potentially criminal act.”

#canada, #computers-and-the-internet, #house-of-representatives, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #social-media, #twitter, #videophones-and-videoconferencing, #zoom-video-communications

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Election Overhaul Plan Threatens to Sideline Hong Kong’s Opposition

The proposal, initiated by the Chinese central government, is intended to make it difficult for democracy advocates to hold office and would criminalize organized protest votes.

#communist-party-of-china, #elections, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government

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Amid Sexual Harassment Scandals, Australia Plots a ‘Road Map for Respect’

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he would accept 55 suggestions from the country’s human rights commissioner to tackle a problem that has been festering for years in politics.

#metoo-movement, #australia, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #sexual-harassment

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Netanyahu Gets First Crack at Forming New Government in Israel

After a fourth inconclusive election in two years, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu still has no easy path back into office. But he has more of a chance than his opponents.

#corruption-institutional, #israel, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

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‘The Most Unsafe Workplace’? Parliament, Australian Women Say

More and more women are describing Parliament House as a sexist backwater. A staff member’s accusation of rape — in a minister’s office, no less — was the catalyst.

#metoo-movement, #australia, #higgins-brittany, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #women-and-girls

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Australia’s Leader Demotes 2 Ministers Amid Accusations of Rape and Misogyny

The attorney general and the defense minister, tied to separate scandals, will stay in the government, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said.

#australia, #higgins-brittany, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #liberal-party-australia, #morrison-scott-1968, #porter-christian-1970, #reynolds-linda-1965, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls

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What Are the ‘Kill the Bill’ Protests in Britain All About?

Britain’s policing and crime bill has set off a string of demonstrations in cities around the country. So what is the proposed legislation and why are people protesting against it?

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #everard-sarah, #great-britain, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #police, #women-and-girls

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Scotland’s Nicola Sturgeon Did Not Break Rules, Inquiry Says

After a bitter feud with her predecessor, Ms. Sturgeon has been cleared by one inquiry into claims that led to calls for her resignation.

#great-britain, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #salmond-alex, #scotland, #scottish-national-party, #secession-and-independence-movements, #sex-crimes, #sturgeon-nicola

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Japan Court Backs Same-Sex Marriage. Laws Still Block It.

A court found that it was unconstitutional for the country not to recognize the unions. But change would come only if Parliament passes legislation.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #japan, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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‘March 4 Justice’: Thousands Turn Out in Australia

The protests in at least 40 cities represented an outpouring of anger over the treatment of women at the highest levels of power, organizers said.

#australia, #bishop-julie-1956, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #higgins-brittany, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #liberal-party-australia, #morrison-scott-1968, #politics-and-government, #porter-christian-1970, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Election Year in Germany Kicks Off With Voting in Two States

Regional governments will be chosen in two southwestern states months before a national vote that is considered wide open after 16 years under Chancellor Angela Merkel

#christian-democratic-union-germany, #christian-social-union-germany, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elections-governors, #germany, #green-party-germany, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #merkel-angela, #voting-and-voters

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Linda Reynolds, Australian Minister, Settles ‘Lying Cow’ Defamation Case

The fallout from the Brittany Higgins rape case and other sexual assault allegations continues to reverberate in the government.

#apologies, #australia, #higgins-brittany, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #linda-reynolds, #politics-and-government, #sex-crimes

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In a Land Dominated by Ex-Rebels, Kosovo Women Find Power at the Ballot Box

Women are winning greater political representation in Kosovo, raising hopes of more equality in a country still living with the scars of the war against Serbian rule in the 1990s.

#kosovo, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #women-and-girls

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British Law Highlights Parental Leave for Lawmakers

Britain approved a measure allowing senior government ministers to take maternity leave without penalty. But some countries make no provisions for lawmakers who are new parents.

#braverman-suella, #family-leaves, #government-employees, #great-britain, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #paid-time-off, #politics-and-government

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Viktor Orban Pulls Hungary’s Ruling Party From Conservative E.U. Alliance

Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary withdrew his party from the center-right grouping in the European Parliament, heading off a move to expel them over democratic backsliding at home.

#brussels-belgium, #europe, #european-parliament, #european-peoples-party, #european-union, #fidesz-party, #hungary, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government

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In Israeli Election, a Chance for Arabs to Gain Influence, or Lose It

Jewish politicians, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, are courting Arab Israeli voters, and some Arab politicians are prepared to work with them.

#arabs, #elections, #israel, #joint-list-israel, #lapid-yair, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #netanyahu-benjamin, #palestinians, #politics-and-government

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Mario Draghi Wins Support to Form Government in Italy

The former European Central Bank chief, picked as a consensus prime minister, will look to lead the country out of the coronavirus crisis and repair the economic damage left by the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party-italy, #draghi-mario, #five-star-movement-italy, #forza-italia, #italy, #league-italian-political-party, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government

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He Almost Quit the Law. Instead, He Reset Canada’s Indigenous Dialogue.

Murray Sinclair, who just retired from Canada’s Senate, led a truth and reconciliation commission that still shapes the national conversation.

#canada, #content-type-personal-profile, #indigenous-people, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #manitoba-canada, #politics-and-government, #sinclair-murray-1951, #truth-and-reconciliation-commission-canada

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Mario Draghi Saved the Euro. Can He Now Save Italy?

Mario Draghi has broad support as he tries to form a new government and restore Italy’s credibility and clout in Brussels. But Italian politics is a dangerous place for an enigmatic technocrat.

#bank-of-italy, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #conte-giuseppe, #credit-and-debt, #draghi-mario, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #euro-currency, #european-central-bank, #european-union, #eurozone, #italy, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government

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The Senate Has Become a Dadaist Nightmare

No one would ever design a legislative body that worked this way.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #budgets-and-budgeting, #federal-budget-us, #filibusters-and-debate-curbs, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #senate, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Mario Draghi Is Asked to Form Government in Italy

The sudden ascent of the man credited with helping save the euro was a pipe dream for Italians frustrated with a coalition paralyzed by ideological schisms and incompetence.

#berlusconi-silvio, #brothers-of-italy-italian-political-party, #conte-giuseppe, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party-italy, #draghi-mario, #elections, #european-union, #five-star-movement-italy, #italy, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #mattarella-sergio, #meloni-giorgia-1977, #politics-and-government, #renzi-matteo, #salvini-matteo

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Italy Looks to Mario Draghi to Solve Crisis, to Delight of Pro-E.U. Politicians

After a last-ditch attempt to revive Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s majority failed, Italy’s president summoned Mr. Draghi, the ex-head of the European Central Bank, to discuss leading Italy through the coronavirus emergency.

#conte-giuseppe, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #draghi-mario, #european-central-bank, #five-star-movement-italy, #italia-viva-italian-political-party, #italy, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #mattarella-sergio, #renzi-matteo

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Myanmar’s Coup in Pictures

Images from the day when the country’s democratic experiment collapsed.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #naypyidaw-myanmar, #politics-and-government, #yangon-myanmar

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Protests in India Turn Violent as Angry Farmers Clash With Police

Protesters used their tractors to pull apart barricades, prompting the police to fire tear gas. At least one person died in the demonstration against new farming laws.

#agriculture-and-farming, #delhi-india, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #india, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #modi-narendra, #new-delhi-india, #parades, #politics-and-government, #republic-day-india

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Indian Farmers March Set for Republic Day

Protesters used their tractors to pull apart barricades, prompting police to fire tear gas, as emotions flared before the scheduled start of a rally against new farming laws.

#agriculture-and-farming, #delhi-india, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #india, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #modi-narendra, #new-delhi-india, #parades, #politics-and-government, #republic-day-india

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Giuseppe Conte to Resign as Italian Prime Minister

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s government is likely to collapse, leaving Italy in an uncertain political situation with Covid-19 infections still very high.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #conte-giuseppe, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elections, #italy, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #renzi-matteo

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French Roosters Now Crow With the Law Behind Them

After a series of high-profile disputes in rural areas, the French Parliament has passed a bill that enshrines countryside smells and sounds as protected national heritage.

#agriculture-and-farming, #chickens, #france, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #noise, #smells-and-odors

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Canada’s Governor General Resigns Amid Reports of a Toxic Workplace

Julie Payette was Canada’s official head of state, a high-profile but largely ceremonial role. She was accused of publicly humiliating employees.

#canada, #julie-payette, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #trudeau-justin

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As Political Crisis Meets Pandemic, Italians Wonder, Why?

The government survived a near-collapse, but it remained unclear just what Matteo Renzi, the ambitious former prime minister, hoped to gain by provoking it.

#berlusconi-silvio, #conte-giuseppe, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #democratic-party-italy, #five-star-movement-italy, #italia-viva-italian-political-party, #italy, #league-italian-political-party, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #renzi-matteo, #salvini-matteo

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Dutch Government Resigns After Benefits Scandal

A parliamentary report concluded that tax authorities unfairly targeted poor families over child care benefits. Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his entire cabinet stepped down.

#legislatures-and-parliaments, #netherlands, #politics-and-government, #rutte-mark

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Israel Heads Toward Yet Another Election, Its 4th in 2 Years

A protracted political crisis revolving around Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s legal troubles has brought the coalition government to the verge of collapse.

#blue-and-white-israeli-political-party, #budgets-and-budgeting, #elections, #gantz-benny, #immunity-from-prosecution, #israel, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #politics-and-government

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Nepal’s Prime Minister, K.P. Sharma Oli, Calls for New Elections

The prime minister dissolved the lower house of Parliament, throwing into doubt the political fortunes of the Himalayan country, which has long swung between Beijing and New Delhi.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dahal-pushpa-kamal, #elections, #india, #international-relations, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #nepal, #oli-k-p-sharma, #unified-communist-party-of-nepal-maoist

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Big Tech Turns Its Lobbyists Loose on Europe, Alarming Regulators

Silicon Valley is building a powerful influence industry in Brussels, which has “never seen this kind of money” spent this way.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #european-commission, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #microsoft-corp, #online-advertising, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media

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Scotland Is 1st Nation to Make Period Products Free

The Scottish Parliament voted unanimously to pass a measure that makes free period products available to anyone who needs them, the first country to do so.

#great-britain, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #menstruation, #sturgeon-nicola, #women-and-girls

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Hungary, Poland Threaten E.U. Stimulus Over Rule of Law Links

The two illiberal governments, having been enabled by the bloc’s leaders and evaded punishment, now hold a 1.8 trillion euro package hostage.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #european-commission, #european-parliament, #european-union, #hungary, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #merkel-angela, #morawiecki-mateusz, #orban-viktor, #poland, #politics-and-government, #stimulus-economic

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David Andahl, 55, Dies; Elected Posthumously in North Dakota

He caught Covid-19 as the virus surged across the state. How to fill his vacant seat in the state legislature remained in dispute.

#andahl-david-d-1964-2020, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #north-dakota, #ranches

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With Progressive Politics on March in New Zealand, Maori Minister Blazes New Trails

Nanaia Mahuta, the new foreign minister, brings a reputation as an honest broker to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s cabinet, the most diverse in the country’s history.

#ardern-jacinda, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labour-party-new-zealand, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #new-zealand, #politics-and-government

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British Peer Criticized for Calling Kamala Harris ‘the Indian’

Lord Kilclooney, a member of the House of Lords, claimed not to know the vice president-elect’s name when he wrote the offending Twitter post.

#discrimination, #harris-kamala-d, #house-of-lords-great-britain, #indian-americans, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #lord-kilclooney, #northern-ireland

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Strong Turnout in Myanmar Shows Voters’ Support for Nascent Democracy

Despite defections, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s party is expected to remain the strongest force in the Parliament. The military, which ruled for 50 years, still controls much of the government.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #elections, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #muslims-and-islam, #myanmar, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #union-solidarity-and-development-party-myanmar

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Protests in Poland Over Abortion Law Continue for Sixth Day

The leader of Poland’s ruling party, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, accused demonstrators of seeking the destruction of the nation and appealed to supporters to “defend Poland.”

#abortion, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #poland, #warsaw-poland, #women-and-girls

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Thailand’s Leader Offers End to Crackdown on Pro-Democracy Protesters

Saying he would withdraw an emergency decree, the ex-general, Prayuth Chan-ocha, called for mediation by a weakened Parliament. Protesters still demand his resignation.

#bangkok-thailand, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #future-forward-party-thailand, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #national-council-for-peace-and-order-thailand, #prayuth-chan-ocha, #royal-families, #tear-gas, #vajiralongkorn-1952

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Asif Ali Zardari, Ex-President of Pakistan, Indicted in Money Laundering Case

The case against Asif Ali Zardari, widower of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, is the latest in a string of moves against opposition figures that his supporters say are politically motivated.

#corruption-institutional, #khan-imran, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #money-laundering, #pakistan, #sharif-shahbaz, #zardari-asif-ali

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Boris Johnson Pushes to Backtrack on E.U. Deal, Despite Party Revolt

The British prime minister’s move to rewrite a treaty that settled Northern Ireland’s post-Brexit status raised fears that trade negotiations with the European Union could be impaired.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #northern-ireland, #politics-and-government

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He Faces Death for Murder Conviction. Parliament Swore Him In Anyway.

He may have been convicted of killing an opposition activist, but a member of Sri Lanka’s Parliament is keeping his day job.

#legislatures-and-parliaments, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #politics-and-government, #rajapaksa-gotabaya, #sri-lanka

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Shinzo Abe Is Ill. But Is That the Only Reason He’s Quitting?

Maybe he can’t face the Japanese people’s calls for accountability.

#abe-shinzo, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #japan, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #liberal-democratic-party-japan, #moritomo-gakuen, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #tokyo-japan

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Shinzo Abe’s Resignation Prompts Speculation About His Successor

Whoever the Liberal Democratic Party elects as its leader, probably within the next week, will almost certainly become Japan’s next prime minister. It isn’t clear who that will be.

#abe-shinzo, #aso-taro, #fumio-kishida, #japan, #law-and-legislation, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #liberal-democratic-party-japan, #shigeru-ishiba, #taro-kono, #yoshihide-suga

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After Shinzo Abe, How Japan Will Pick Its New Prime Minister

Back-room deals and horse trading are likely to determine who will become the next leader of Japan’s governing party and the country’s prime minister.

#abe-shinzo, #japan, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #liberal-democratic-party-japan, #politics-and-government

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Kansas Candidate Who Admitted to Revenge Porn Is Back in the Race

Aaron Coleman, 19, had said he was dropping out of the race after winning the Democratic primary election for a Kansas House seat by 14 votes. Now he wants back in.

#coleman-aaron, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #kansas, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #stalking-crime, #state-legislatures, #united-states-politics-and-government

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