France votes to extend state of emergency for fifth time

France votes to extend state of emergency for fifth time

France’s parliament voted early Wednesday to extend a national state of emergency until July 15, after next year’s elections. The security measures, in force since attacks in Paris that killed 130 people in November 2015, are now expected to be approved by the Senate on Thursday. It is the fifth extension of the state of […]

Switzerland votes against phasing out nuclear energy faster

Switzerland votes against phasing out nuclear energy faster

Swiss voted in a referendum on Sunday to reject a speedy exit from the nation’s five nuclear power plants, as concerns over losing energy independence outweighed safety worries raised by the measure’s proponents. Nearly 55 percent of voters turned down the initiative, with 45 percent favouring it in a vote that was part of the […]

Brazil Senate committee votes to put Rousseff on trial

Brazil Senate committee votes to put Rousseff on trial

A Senate impeachment committee voted on Thursday to put suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on trial in the full chamber for breaking budget laws, opening the way for her to be removed from office. The 21-member committee voted 14-5 to try Rousseff for allegedly doctoring government accounts to allow more public spending in the run-up […]

France’s National Assembly votes to extend state of emergency in wake of Nice attack

France’s National Assembly votes to extend state of emergency in wake of Nice attack

France’s National Assembly voted in the early hours of Wednesday to extend the country’s state of emergency for six months following last week’s massacre in Nice. The state of emergency has been in place since the Paris attacks in November, and the extension would see the measures — which give the police extra powers to […]

PM Cameron to quit after UK votes to leave EU

PM Cameron to quit after UK votes to leave EU

he UK and the EU entered uncharted waters Friday after the country voted to leave the bloc. Shortly after the result, Prime Minister David Cameron announced his intention to resign in three months. Follow all the events on our live blog below. UK has become the first state ever to withdraw from the European Union, […]

Panama Papers looms large as Iceland votes for president

Panama Papers looms large as Iceland votes for president

REYKJAVIK: Iceland goes to the polls on Saturday to elect a new president, with voters hoping the country can turn over a new leaf after the Panama Papers scandal tainted part of the political elite. A tranquil country better known for its breathtaking landscapes than its politics, Iceland made headlines around the world in April […]