Lawmakers urge Britain to re-arm in response to Russia

 Britain must urgently rebuild defence capabilities abandoned after the Cold War to face growing global threats, including from Russia, a committee of lawmakers warned on Tuesday.

Lawmakers' phones not tapped: Pakistani official

Pakistan`s top civilian intelligence agency - Intelligence Bureau (IB) - has said that the phone calls of lawmakers and politicians are not being tapped, media reported Tuesday.

Pakistani panel rejects provision for dual nationality to lawmakers

A Pakistan parliamentary committee has accepted a proposal to give voting rights to Pakistanis with dual nationalities, but rejected their right to contest general elections.

Israeli lawmakers approves dissolving Parliament

Israeli lawmakers on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a motion to dissolve the parliament in a preliminary vote, paving way for snap polls in next March, a day after the collapse of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's fragile coalition.

British government under fire over European vote

British Prime Minister David Cameron`s government came under fire in parliament on Monday for apparently backing out of a vote on joining an EU-wide arrest warrant system under a threat of rebellion by eurosceptic lawmakers.

Barack Obama wants $3.2 bn more for US air war on IS: Officials

President Barack Obama will ask lawmakers Friday for an additional $3.2 billion to pay for the war against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, including funds to train and arm Baghdad government forces, officials said Thursday.

Ensure quick trial of cases against lawmakers: Centre to HCs

 With the Supreme Court setting a deadline for completing trial in cases involving lawmakers, the Law Ministry has written to high courts requesting them to ensure that cases against MPs and MLAs facing charges which attract disqualification are fast-tracked.

MPs, MLAs involved in criminal cases should not be made ministers: SC

In a significant ruling, the Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a petition calling for removal of tainted Cabinet ministers, saying the Prime Minister should take a call on this.

First UK poll after Juncker battle shows rising support for EU exit

Public support for Britain to leave the EU is growing again after falling to a multi-year low, according to the first survey published since EU leaders nominated Jean-Claude Juncker to become the next president of the European Commission.

McCain joins chorus for Modi to address joint Congress session

Senior Republican Senator John McCain has joined the group of lawmakers urging Congressional leadership to invite India`s Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address a joint session of the US Congress.

US lawmakers pass bill to curb NSA

The US House of Representatives approved late Thursday a bill that would restrict the electronic surveillance powers of the National Security Agency (NSA).

Luxembourg approves same sex marriage

Lawmakers in Luxembourg, whose prime minister is openly gay, overwhelmingly approved changes in the small European nation`s legislation governing marriage that will allow people of the same sex to wed and to adopt children.

Nepal lawmakers asked to avoid foreign trips

Chairman of Nepal`s Constituent Assembly Subas Chandra Nembang has asked lawmakers to avoid foreign trips until the promulgation of a new constitution.

BJP hails SC order on lawmakers, says it strikes a balance

BJP Tuesday hailed the Supreme Court order asking courts to complete trials against MPs and MLAs in one year, saying it strikes a balance by upholding the presumption of innocence till held guilty while putting lawmakers under strict and expeditious scrutiny.

Turkey lawmakers brawl over judicial reforms

A brawl erupted in the Turkish parliament on Thursday as a heated debate on controversial judicial reforms turned nasty.

Over 550 Chinese lawmakers disqualified for graft

Over 550 lawmakers in a Chinese city were today dismissed or disqualified after being implicated in an electoral fraud scandal as part of the government`s wide-ranging crackdown on corruption.

EU lawmakers push leaders on data privacy

European Union lawmakers Tuesday urged heads of state and government to endorse a proposal for beefed-up data privacy laws ahead of a summit in Brussels later this week.

21 percent lawmakers in poll-bound states face criminal cases

While criminalisation of politics remains a serious concern, data compiled by think tanks reveals that 21 percent of legislators in the five states heading for assembly polls in November-December have criminal backgrounds.

BJP to meet President on Ordinance

A delegation of BJP leaders will meet President Pranab Mukherjee to voice its opposition to the Ordinance providing protection to convicted MPs.

Opposition slams, Congress defends ordinance on convicted lawmakers

A day after the union cabinet approved an ordinance to save convicted lawmakers from being disqualified, a political storm blew over the issue with the opposition slamming the government move and the Congress defending it.