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  • Irish voters reject plan to abolish nation's Senate

    LONDON -- In a referendum many Americans would drool over, voters in Ireland have narrowly rejected a proposal to abolish their Senate, despite a vigorous campaign in favor of eliminating the upper house of parliament in order to save money.
  • Court ruling not expected to derail Egyptian parliament

    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...

    Russian lawmakers approve use of force in Ukraine

    Russian lawmakers approve use of force in Ukraine
    MOSCOW — The international conflict over Russia's military moves in Crimea escalated precariously Saturday as lawmakers in Moscow authorized the use of armed forces to protect their nation's interests and ethnic Russians in Ukraine and President...

    Russia's parliament passes stiff penalties for protesters

    The Kremlin-controlled upper house of Russia's parliament approved a controversial measure that imposes stiff fines on protests that don't match the government's tight rules.

    Russian lawmakers vote to expand definition of treason, espionage

    The upper house of Russia’s parliament voted to broaden the definition of espionage and high treason, continuing what many activists view as a crackdown on dissent in the country.