Kuwait cabinet resigns after disputes with parliament

Kuwaiti parliament members attend a session of the National Assembly at its headquarters in Kuwait City on Jan 10, 2023. (YASSER AL-ZAYYAT / AFP) KUWAIT CITY – Kuwait cabinet resigned on Monday after disputes with opposition-led parliament. Prime Minister Sheikh Ahmed Nawaf al-Ahmed Al-Sabah submitted the cabinet's resignation to Crown Prince Sheikh Meshal al-Ahmad al-Jaber […]

Iran warns European Parliament over blacklisting elite military

This file handout picture provided by the office of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on October 13, 2019, shows Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) cadets during a graduation ceremony at Imam Hussein University in Tehran. (STRINGER / KHAMENEI.IR / AFP) TEHRAN – The Iranian military on Thursday warned the European Parliament of the […]

Israel’s new parliament sworn in after right-wing poll victory

Israel's ex-premier and leader of the Likud party Benjamin Netanyahu addresses supporters at campaign headquarters in Jerusalem early on Nov 2, 2022, after the end of voting for national elections. (RONALDO SCHEMIDT / AFP) JERUSALEM — Israel's new parliament was sworn in on Tuesday after the right-wing bloc won the elections two weeks ago. READ […]

Iraqi lawmakers approve al-Sudani’s new cabinet lineup

Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani (right front) and his cabinet members are sworn in at the Iraqi parliament in Baghdad, Iraq, on Oct 27, 2022. The Iraqi parliament on Thursday approved the new cabinet lineup and the government program presented by Prime Minister-designate Mohammed Shia' al-Sudani. (IRAQI PARLIMENT / HANDOUT VIA XINHUA) BAGHDAD – The […]

Anti-govt protesters gather outside New Zealand’s parliament

People (right) face off with police near the parliament (behind center) as police move in to clear protesters in Wellington on March 2, 2022, during demonstrations against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions. (DAVE LINTOTT / AFP) WELLINGTON – About 2,000 anti-government demonstrators gathered outside New Zealand’s parliament on Tuesday to vent their frustration on a […]

Vanuatu’s president dissolves parliament to avoid bid to oust PM

Vanuatu Prime Minister Bob Loughman speaks at a panel discussion during the Pacific Islands Forum in Suva on July 12, 2022. (WILLIAM WEST / AFP) Vanuatu's president dissolved the Pacific island nation's parliament on Thursday, state broadcaster VBTC reported, after an attempt by some politicians to oust the prime minister. Opposition leader Ralph Regenavu told […]

Al-Sadr’s followers hold sit-in protest in Iraqi parliament

Supporters of cleric Moqtada Sadr, protesting against a rival bloc's nomination for prime minister, gather inside Iraq's parliament in the capital Baghdad's high-security Green Zone, on July 30, 2022. (AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP) BAGHDAD – Hundreds of followers of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr started on Saturday an open sit-in inside the Iraqi parliament building in […]

Sri Lanka readies to pick president, six-time PM in fray

Protestors burn an effigy of acting President and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe outside the president's office as they demand his resignation in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, July 19, 2022. Banner on left says " Go home before you are chased." (ERANGA JAYAWARDENA / AP PHOTO) COLOMBO – Sri Lanka's parliament will choose between three candidates for […]

Sri Lanka protest sites calm as president’s resignation awaited

Sri Lankan protesters, some carrying national flags, stand on top of prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe 's office, demanding he resign after president Gotabaya Rajapaksa fled the country amid economic crisis in Colombo, Sri Lanka on July 13, 2022. (ERANGA JAYAWARDENA / AP) COLOMBO – Sri Lanka's main city, Colombo, was calm on Thursday as people […]

Kazakh President Tokayev lays out constitutional reform plan

Kazakhstan' President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev attends a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart (not seen in this picture) following their talks at the Kremlin in Moscow, on Feb 10, 2022. (MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV / SPUTNIK / AFP) NUR-SULTAN – Kazakhstan needs to switch from "superpresidential" rule to a presidential republic with a strong parliament, President Kassym-Jomart […]

Iraqi parties boycott parliament vote for president

Mahmoud al-Mashhadani (left) the longest serving representative, opens the first parliament session, in Baghdad, Iraq on Jan 9, 2022. (IRAQI PARLIAMENT MEDIA OFFICE VIA AP) BAGHDAD – A Kurdish political party and a Sunni political alliance decided Sunday to boycott the parliament session slated for Monday to elect a new president for the country, threatening […]

Blast hits Iraq parliament speaker’s party building, 2 hurt

Mahmoud al-Mashhadani, left, the longest serving representative, opens the first parliament session, in Baghdad, Iraq, Jan 9, 2022. Iraq's new parliament held its first session on Sunday, nearly three months after Iraqis voted in a general election. (IRAQI PARLIAMENT MEDIA OFFICE VIA AP) BAGHDAD – An explosion from a hand grenade hit the headquarters of […]

Iraq’s parliament elects speaker in first step towards new govt

Mahmoud al-Mashhadani (left) the longest serving representative, opens the first parliament session, in Baghdad, Iraq on Jan 9, 2022. (IRAQI PARLIAMENT MEDIA OFFICE VIA AP) BAGHDAD – Iraq's new parliament elected Sunni lawmaker Mohammed al-Halbousi as speaker on Sunday, marking an important step towards establishing a new government three months after a national election. The […]