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Indiana assembly passes anti-abortion bill, governor signs it into law

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Indiana’s state legislature has become the first in the US to pass new legislation restricting access to abortions since the federal supreme court overturned Roe v Wade. The bill went to the state’s Republican governo...

DUP blocks attempt to appoint Northern Ireland assembly speaker

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The vice-president of Sinn Féin, Michelle O’Neill, has said that efforts to resurrect Northern Ireland’s assembly at Stormont will continue, after the Democratic Unionist party (DUP) blocked a second attempt to elect ...

Stormont assembly recalled in new attempt to elect Speaker

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The Stormont assembly is to meet on Monday in a new attempt to nominate a Speaker after more than 30 members of the legislative assembly (MLAs) signed a recall petition. The Sinn Féin vice-president, Michelle O’Neill,...

Church of Scotland general assembly votes to allow same-sex marriages

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The Church of Scotland has voted to allow same-sex marriages, after fresh warnings that its historical opposition had increased the church’s decline towards irrelevance. The church’s general assembly, its decision-mak...

Chile’s constitutional assembly rejects plans to nationalise parts of mining sector

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A constitutional assembly in Chile has rejected plans to nationalise parts of the crucial mining industry in a blow to progressive hopes of overhauling the neoliberal Pinochet-era political settlement. The proposal, k...

Sinn Féin assembly victory fuels debate on future of union

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Northern Ireland has slipped into political crisis after Sinn Féin’s triumph in the assembly election triggered calls for a referendum on a united Ireland and the Democratic Unionist party vowed to block the formation...

Sinn Féin set to be largest party in Northern Ireland assembly

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Sinn Féin is on course to be the biggest party at Stormont after a symbolic breakthrough for Irish nationalism in Northern Ireland’s assembly election. The party topped the first-preference vote with 29%, which will p...

Pakistan assembly elects Shehbaz Sharif as new prime minister

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Shehbaz Sharif, the brother of three-time former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, has been elected by lawmakers as the new prime minister of Pakistan. Sharif, 70, took over after a historic and turbulent week in Pakistani...

Russia suspended from human rights council after UN general assembly vote

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Russia has been suspended from the United Nations’ leading human rights body as its invasion of Ukraine continues to provoke revulsion and outrage around the world. At a meeting of the UN general assembly on Thursday,...

Tony Blair considered asking Queen to open Stormont assembly

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Tony Blair considered asking the Queen to open the newly formed Northern Ireland assembly in 1998, newly released state papers show. A letter from the then prime minister’s principal private secretary, John Holmes, re...

Global citizens’ assembly to be chosen for UN climate talks

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One hundred people from around the world are to take part in a citizens’ assembly to discuss the climate crisis over the next month, before presenting their findings at the UN Cop26 climate summit. The Global Citizens...

Taliban ask to address UN general assembly after Afghanistan takeover

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The Taliban have challenged the credentials of Afghanistan’s former United Nations ambassador and are asking to speak at the UN general assembly, a UN spokesperson has said. UN officials must now decide which represen...

Russia slams New York’s vaccine requirement for UN general assembly

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All diplomats attending the UN general assembly in New York next week will have to provide proof of vaccination, the city government has confirmed prompting an angry reponse from Russia. Delegates must be vaccinated t...

Myanmar’s junta vies with critic of coup for seat on UN assembly

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The United Nations will face a dilemma when its general assembly convenes next week, after both Myanmar’s military junta and the country’s shadow national unity government (NUG) launched rival bids to fill the country...

‘A new Chile’: political elite rejected in vote for constitutional assembly

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Chile’s established political elite has been roundly rejected at the polls six months ahead of a pivotal presidential election, as the country turned to a progressive new generation to write the next chapter in its hi...

Northern Ireland assembly holds emergency debate after six nights of violence – live

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MLAs holding emergency session after days of rioting

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