Turkish parliament approves contentious constitutional reform bill

Turkish parliament approves contentious constitutional reform bill

Turkey’s parliament on Saturday approved a contentious constitutional reform package, paving the way for a referendum on a presidential system that would greatly expand the powers of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office. The decision marks a victory for Erdogan, a polarizing but overall popular figure, who critics view as increasingly autocratic. In an all-night session […]

Colombia Congress approves amnesty for thousands of FARC rebels

Colombia Congress approves amnesty for thousands of FARC rebels

Colombia’s Congress on Wednesday approved an amnesty law to protect thousands of demobilising Marxist guerrilla fighters from prosecution for minor crimes committed during the country’s 52-year war. The law, a key part of a peace deal signed last month between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels, will not include fighters […]

Belgium’s Wallonia formally approves EU-Canada trade deal

Belgium’s Wallonia formally approves EU-Canada trade deal

The parliament of Belgium’s French-speaking southern region of Wallonia voted in favour of a planned EU-Canada trade agreement on Friday, ending its opposition that threatened to destroy the entire deal. Lawmakers in the Namur parliament of Wallonia, which led Belgian opposition to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA), voted 58 for and 5 against, […]

UNESCO approves divisive new resolution on Jerusalem’s Old City

UNESCO approves divisive new resolution on Jerusalem’s Old City

The US ambassador to UNESCO condemned as “inflammatory” a resolution approved Wednesday by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee on the status of conservation of the Old City of Jerusalem and its Walls. In Wednesday’s secret ballot, the international body agreed to retain the site on the list of endangered world heritage and criticized Israel for its […]

Israel approves more than 400 new West Bank settlement homes

Israel approves more than 400 new West Bank settlement homes

  Israeli authorities approved 466 settlement homes in the occupied West Bank on Wednesday, settlement watchdog Peace Now said, despite growing international criticism over such projects. The approvals mostly involved new housing units, but a retroactive green light was also granted to 179 existing homes in the Ofarim settlement. Around 50 new units received final […]