UK lawmakers reject attempt to block Brexit

UK lawmakers reject attempt to block Brexit

Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to take Britain out of the European Union easily cleared its first legislative hurdle on Wednesday, paving the way for the government to launch divorce talks by the end of March. May’s government is seeking approval for a new law giving her the right to trigger Article 50 of the […]

French lawmakers ban websites that spread ‘false information’ on abortion

French lawmakers ban websites that spread ‘false information’ on abortion

French Senators on Thursday passed a bill to ban pro-life websites from spreading “false information” about abortion, following a heated debate with rightwing lawmakers who argued it would contravene freedom of expression. The debate comes less than five months before France elects a new president, with the rightwing Les Républicains party candidate François Fillon, a […]

Iranian lawmakers introduce bill to cut down on executions

Iranian lawmakers introduce bill to cut down on executions

Close to 150 Iranian lawmakers this week signed a bill to significantly reduce the number of people the Islamic Republic executes on drug trafficking charges, but the reform is already facing stiff opposition. Iran continues to be among the countries that execute the highest number of their own citizens. Tehran put at least 977 people […]