Australia’s same-sex marriage vote in doubt
Oct11

Australia’s same-sex marriage vote in doubt

Australia’s plan to hold a national vote on same-sex marriage appeared doomed today after the opposition Labor Party vowed to block the poll it said would spark divisive debate. Debate on gay marriage in Australia has gone on for more than a decade and conservative Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull planned to resolve the issue via a plebiscite on February 11. But Labor leader Bill Shorten said not only was the proposed plebiscite...

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Jordan’s Brotherhood back in parliament after vote
Sep23

Jordan’s Brotherhood back in parliament after vote

Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood has made a return to parliament after winning 16 seats in the 130-member house, according to results announced Thursday by the country’s electoral commission. The Brotherhood’s Islamic Action Front (IAF) contested Tuesday’s polls after having boycotted two previous parliamentary elections in the kingdom, in 2010 and 2013, in protest at the electoral system and alleged voting fraud....

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International environment group to vote on urging countries to close ivory markets
Sep10

International environment group to vote on urging countries to close ivory markets

Members of an international environmental group were considering a proposal Friday to urge leaders in every country to close domestic ivory markets that threaten elephants. Ivory trading is banned internationally, but domestic trade within countries is legal nearly everywhere. The International Union for Conservation of Nature planned to vote on the proposal at the World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, but some members of the...

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Brazil Senate braces for Rousseff impeachment vote
Aug31

Brazil Senate braces for Rousseff impeachment vote

Brazil’s Senate was due to vote Wednesday on whether to strip Dilma Rousseff of the presidency in a traumatic impeachment trial set to end 13 years of leftist rule over Latin America’s biggest country. Senators loyal to Brazil’s first female president debated into the night Tuesday in a final attempt to halt the apparently unstoppable momentum toward her dismissal. Despite the impassioned speeches, which followed 14...

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Brazil Senate votes for Rousseff impeachment trial
Aug10

Brazil Senate votes for Rousseff impeachment trial

The Brazilian Senate has voted to hold an impeachment trial of suspended President Dilma Rousseff, who is accused of breaking the budget law. The senate voted 59 to 21 in favour of going ahead with the trial against Ms Rousseff following a marathon debate that ended early on Wednesday. The Senate suspended Ms Rousseff in May over alleged illegal accounting practices. She says they were common practice under previous administrations....

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