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Libya parliament agrees direct presidential election

Libya's new parliament agreed on Tuesday that the next president would be elected by popular vote as lawmakers sought to overcome a confrontation between two armed factions. Western partners hope the new parliament will open s

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Bahraini businessmen plan parliament push

Bahrain’s business leaders want to form a greater proportion of MPs in the next parliament, to boost its stock of economic knowledge and business acumen. Around 30 prominent members of the country's business community, i

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Iraq govt talks delayed again as fighting rages

Iraq's parliament failed on Sunday to break a damaging political deadlock which is holding up the formation of new government to tackle an Islamist-led insurgency raging less than 50 miles (80 km) from Baghdad. After a brief s

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Iraq in political limbo as no Maliki replacement named

Sunnis and Kurds walked out of the first session of Iraq's new parliament on Tuesday after Shi'ites failed to name a prime minister to replace Nuri al-Maliki, dimming any prospect of an early national unity government to save Iraq from c

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New building rule changes approved in Bahrain

Parliament has approved Shura Council's amendments to a new building regulation law that gives Bahrain's municipalities the power to demolish buildings in violation of the regulations without a court order.  

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New building rule changes approved in Bahrain

Parliament has approved Shura Council's amendments to a new building regulation law that gives Bahrain's municipalities the power to demolish buildings in violation of the regulations without a court order.  

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Bahrain parliament scraps 20 proposals

A raft of parliamentary proposals had to be scrapped in Bahrain as the final session of parliament's four-year legislative term descended into farce.   It began with first vice-chairman Abdulla Al Dossary ask

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Libya approves overdue budget as oil port reopens

Libya's parliament has approved the overdue 2014 budget worth $47 billion, drawing on reserves to offset a dramatic loss of oil revenue after almost a year of protests at major ports. The North African country is in turmoil as

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New rules to quiz Bahraini officials on way

Bahrain's Parliamentarians have voted in favour of limiting their own power after approving a change in the way that they are allowed to question government ministers.   Previously, a minister could be summon

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Libyan Islamists warn US against interference

The leader of Islamist militant group Ansar Al-Sharia in Libya's Benghazi city warned the United States  against interference or it would face worse than the conflicts in Somalia, Iraq, or Afghanistan. Libya's young d

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