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Saakashvili battles billionaire in Georgia poll showdown
Saakashvili battles billionaire in Georgia poll showdown

Georgia votes in parliamentary polls Monday with President Mikheil Saakashvili's party facing a billionaire-led opposition in a test of the ex-Soviet state's democracy overshadowed by a torture scandal.

Saakashvili battles billionaire in Georgia poll showdown
Police fire rubber bullets at Madrid protest
Police fire rubber bullets at Madrid protest

Spanish riot police fired rubber bullets and baton-charged protesters Tuesday as thousands rallied near parliament in Madrid in anger at the economic crisis, in clashes that left more than 60 people injured.

Police fire rubber bullets at Madrid protest
Kazakhstan President’s Advisor Yermukhamet Yertysbayev. Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©
Speaking about creation of Eurasian Parliament is premature: Yertysbayev

How can we talk about a Eurasian Parliament, if we have not fully settled the work of the Customs Union yet: Kazakhstan President's Advisor.

Speaking about creation of Eurasian Parliament is premature: Yertysbayev
Isolated Belarus elects parliament amid boycott
Isolated Belarus elects parliament amid boycott

Belarus will on Sunday elect a new parliament in polls largely boycotted by the opposition, almost two years after protests against President Alexander Lukashenko's re-election sparked a mass crackdown.

Isolated Belarus elects parliament amid boycott
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Anger as Australian senator links gay marriage to bestiality

A conservative Australian senator was forced to resign from his parliamentary role on Wednesday after he linked same-sex marriage to bestiality and polygamy during a debate.

Anger as Australian senator links gay marriage to bestiality
Libya says 50 held over US ambassador's killing
Libya says 50 held over US ambassador's killing

Libya's parliament chief announced on Sunday the arrests of some 50 people over the killing of US ambassador Chris Stevens in an attack he said was planned, although Washington said it was spontaneous.

Libya says 50 held over US ambassador's killing
Uruguay: law regulating marijuana sale will bar drug tourism
Uruguay: law regulating marijuana sale will bar drug tourism

Uruguayan President Jose Mujica said Wednesday that if parliament were to pass a groundbreaking bill allowing the state to sell marijuana, drug tourism would not be allowed.

Uruguay: law regulating marijuana sale will bar drug tourism
Meeting of 
    Kazakhstan Senate speaker Kairat Mami and chairman of NATO Parliamentary Assembly Karl Lamers. Photo courtesy of www.parlam.kz
Mami discussed Central Asian security with NATO Parliamentary Assembly chairman

Kazakhstan Senate speaker Kairat Mami has had talks with chairman of the NATO Parliamentary Assembly Karl Lamers.

Mami discussed Central Asian security with NATO Parliamentary Assembly chairman
Egypt parliament set to convene, defying military
Egypt parliament set to convene, defying military

Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament was set to convene on Tuesday in defiance of the powerful military following a decree by newly elected President Mohamed Morsi to reinstate the assembly.

Egypt parliament set to convene, defying military
Majilis speaker Nurlan Nigmatulin. Photo cuortesy of pm.kz
Kazakhstan parliamentarians met with American congressmen

Majilis speaker Nurlan Nigmatulin met with the delegation of American parliamentarians led by Dan Burton.

Kazakhstan parliamentarians met with American congressmen
Kazakhstan deputy failed to save any money with energy-saving light bulbs
Kazakhstan deputy failed to save any money with energy-saving light bulbs

I used them in my apartment for a whole year. I put them in all rooms, but I haven't registered any saving: Majilis deputy Maira Aissina.

Kazakhstan deputy failed to save any money with energy-saving light bulbs
President Nazarbayev meeting Sergei Naryshkin, Head of the Russia’s State Duma. Photo courtesy of akorda.kz
Nazarbayev speaks up for renewal of the Agreement on Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance between Kazakhstan and Russia

April 25 President Nazarbayev met Sergei Naryshkin, Head of the Russia’s State Duma.

Nazarbayev speaks up for renewal of the Agreement on Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance between Kazakhstan and Russia
Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©
Anti-torture draft law presented to Kazakhstan Parliament

Draft law for prevention of tortures and other harsh, inhuman or humiliating treatment or punishments has been submitted to the Majilis.

Anti-torture draft law presented to Kazakhstan Parliament
Administrative center of Astana. Photo courtesy of astana.kz
PHOTO: Reshuffling in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan reshuffles its government and governors, eliminates one ministry and transforms two other agencies.

PHOTO: Reshuffling in Kazakhstan
Majilis deputy Vladislav Kossarev. Photo by  Danial Okassov©
Eldest Majilis deputy is 74

The eldest Majilis deputy, first secretary of the Communist Party Vladislav Kossarev, is 74 years old.

Eldest Majilis deputy is 74
Aleksey Vlassov. Photo by Yaroslav Radlovskiy©
New Majilis advised to prioritize countering terrorism

Russian expert Aleksey Vlassov talked about priority tasks that have to be set for the new Majilis.

New Majilis advised to prioritize countering terrorism
Official representative of the General Prosecutor's office of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nurdaulet Suindikov. Photo by  Danial Okassov©
Kazakhstan’s General Prosecutor’s office speaks about provocations during elections

On January 15 the prosecutor’s office received 536 requests, 63 of them referred to violations at the elections to the parliament's Majilis, and 472 – at elections to Maslikhats.

Kazakhstan’s General Prosecutor’s office speaks about provocations during elections
Nursultan Nazarbayev. Photo by  Danial Okassov©
Kazakhstan President's after-elections priorities

The first two include social modernization and industrial and innovative development of the country. President also stressed the importance of the elections.

Kazakhstan President's after-elections priorities
U.S. Department of State will cooperate with new multi-party Kazakhstan parliament
U.S. Department of State will cooperate with new multi-party Kazakhstan parliament

We look forward to engaging with the new multi-party Parliament as we continue our cooperation with the government and people of Kazakhstan: Department of State.

U.S. Department of State will cooperate with new multi-party Kazakhstan parliament
Voting in Zhanaozen. Photo by  Renat Tashkinbayev©
Voter turnout exceeded 60 percent in Zhanaozen

Voter turnout in Zhanaozen made 63.6 percent.

Voter turnout exceeded 60 percent in Zhanaozen