Egypt lawmakers approve extending president’s term limits

Africa 02/14/19, 08:57

Egyptian lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to extend term limits for President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi until 2034, part of a package of constitutional amendments also set to further enshrine the military's role in politics that will now face a national referendum.Of the 596-seat Parliament, 485 lawmakers backed the amendments, which could ...

Egypt’s Parliament to vote on extending president’s term

Africa 02/13/19, 06:17

Egypt's Parliament began deliberations Wednesday over constitutional amendments that could allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in office till 2034 — 12 more years after his current, second term expires in 2022.The development comes amid concerns that Egypt is slipping back into authoritarianism, eight years after a pro-democracy uprising ended ...

Ukraine’s parliament votes to support NATO, EU aspirations

Europe 02/07/19, 06:02

Ukraine's parliament has passed constitutional amendment to commit to join NATO and the European Union.Massive protests in Ukraine in 2013 centered on the then-president's refusal to sign an association agreement with the EU, which was seen as a betrayal of the aspirations of many Ukrainians. The new government that took ...

Egypt debates motion to extend presidential term limits

Africa 02/05/19, 08:52

Egypt's parliament advanced a proposal on Tuesday to amend the constitution in a way that could allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to stay in office well beyond the end of his current term in 2022.El-Sissi led the 2013 military overthrow of an elected but divisive Islamist president and was elected the ...

Voters may be asked to weigh on in victims’ rights this year

U.S. 02/03/19, 09:14

The rights of crime victims would be enshrined in the Pennsylvania Constitution under a proposed amendment that could go before the state's voters later this year, but opponents warn the change has the potential to end up violating the rights of criminal defendants.The amendment, promoted by a national effort known ...

Georgia push for Equal Rights Amendment draws GOP support

U.S. 01/30/19, 18:53

A push for Georgia to become the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, which supporters say would usher it across the constitutional threshold for ratification, has gained steam with the backing of some prominent Republicans.But the idea has long languished in the GOP-controlled legislature and some Republicans remain ...

Proposed ballot measure would let California parolees vote

U.S. 01/28/19, 19:08

Tens of thousands of parolees would be allowed to vote under a state constitutional amendment proposed Monday by California's secretary of state and Democratic lawmakers who called it the next civil rights issue.The proposal intended for the 2020 ballot would help nearly 50,000 felons who have served their time adjust ...

Bank shooting victims’ IDs withheld under new amendment

U.S. 01/24/19, 17:38

Names of two of the five women killed in a Florida bank shooting are being withheld by law enforcement under a new constitutional amendment that has sparked confusion and uneven application around the state.The "Marsy's Law" amendment allows withholding from the public information that can be used to locate or ...

Maryland explores faster way to approve sports betting

Sports 01/17/19, 13:33

Maryland lawmakers are exploring a faster way to approve sports betting this year, but it's unclear if they will be able to do it without voter approval in 2020.Voters endorsed a constitutional amendment allowing casinos in 2008, but further commercial gambling expansion requires another voter referendum. Lawmakers failed to pass ...

German spy agency to step up scrutiny of far-right party

Europe 01/15/19, 07:45

Germany's domestic intelligence agency is reportedly planning to place the far-right Alternative for Germany party under heightened scrutiny amid concerns that it is flirting with extremism.News outlets including weekly Der Spiegel and news agency dpa reported Tuesday that the BfV agency will examine public comments by the party's members and ...

Update: US backs place in NATO, EU for renamed Macedonia

Europe 01/13/19, 11:19

The Latest on the deal between Greece and Macedonia to end a long dispute over the Macedonia name (all times local):5:00 p.m.The United States has expressed support for Macedonia joining NATO and the European Union once a deal renaming the country North Macedonia goes into effect.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ...

Update: Macedonia backs name change to North Macedonia

Europe 01/11/19, 13:04

The Latest on Macedonia's change of name (all times local):7 p.m.Macedonia's parliament has approved constitutional changes to rename the country North Macedonia, under a deal with neighboring Greece that will clear the way for Macedonia to join NATO and potentially the European Union.All 81 lawmakers present voted in favor of ...

Gerrymandering lawsuits linger as next redistricting nears

U.S. 01/10/19, 13:59

As the 2019 state legislative sessions get underway, a busy year of legal battles also is beginning over lingering allegations that hundreds of electoral districts across the country were illegally drawn to the disadvantage of particular voters or political parties.First up was a court hearing Thursday in Virginia, where a ...

Macedonia lawmakers in final debate on renaming country

Europe 01/09/19, 10:39

Macedonian lawmakers were in the final stretch Wednesday of renaming their country North Macedonia as part of a deal with neighboring Greece in return for membership of NATO and potentially the European Union.The lawmakers were to debate essential constitutional amendments as part of the name change deal, which has met ...

Registering to vote brings out emotions among Florida felons

U.S. 01/08/19, 14:12

The normally humdrum bureaucracy of registering to vote brought tears to the eyes of some Floridians on Tuesday when most felons regained their right to vote under a state constitutional amendment. "I'll be a human being again. I'll be an American citizen again," Robert Eckford said, choking up and weeping after ...

Some fear groundwater near Georgia military bases is toxic

U.S. 01/05/19, 17:17

Groundwater near Georgia military bases remains contaminated from a toxic firefighting foam used for decades by the U.S. Air Force, prompting fears among residents about their exposure to the chemicals.Recent tests at Georgia's three air bases show extensive environmental contamination of groundwater, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.Environmentalists say that contamination from ...

Spanish PM: Consensus only way to resolve Catalonia crisis

Europe 12/23/18, 13:19

Spain's prime minister said in an interview published Sunday that only a solution supported by a large majority of Catalans and legal under the Spanish Constitution will resolve the crisis over whether the Catalonia region should secede or remain part of Spain.Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told the Barcelona-based newspaper La ...

Cuban assembly approves draft of new constitution

America 12/22/18, 18:49

Cuba's National Assembly on Saturday approved an update of the country's constitution, the final step before a national referendum expected to approve the new charter in February.The new constitution contains more continuity than change, although it recognizes the de-facto modernization of Cuban society over the last decade. The constitution maintains ...

NewsBreak: Brown sues to save California sentencing laws

U.S. 12/20/18, 20:12

Outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown sued Thursday to protect one of his signature actions in office, a voter-approved measure that allows most prison inmates to seek earlier release and participate in rehabilitation programs.His administration filed a lawsuit challenging a pending 2020 initiative that seeks to toughen criminal penalties as part of ...

Hungary*s president signs into law disputed new labor rules

Europe 12/20/18, 11:11

Hungary*s president says he has signed into law disputed amendments to labor rules which greatly increase overtime hours employers can request from workers.President Janos Ader said Thursday in a statement that he had examined the law approved last week in Parliament and found it in-line with Hungary*s constitution and European ...

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