September 19, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Voters in Scotland on Thursday voted against independence from the UK in the country's first national referendum on the matter. The Scottish Parliament unanimously approved a bill last November to hold a Scottish independence referendum. Eighty-four percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the ...[read more]
October 18, 2013
by Peter Snyder
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych said Friday that he will sign a law allowing former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko to travel abroad for medical treatment, if the bill is passed by the Verkhovna Rada, Ukraine's parliament. In 2011 Tymoshenko was sentenced to seven years in prison on charges ...[read more]
October 10, 2013
by Lauren Laing
Former Liberian president Charles Taylor will serve his 50-year sentence for war crimes in the UK, according to a written statement to Parliament from the UK Ministry of Justice on Thursday. Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice Jeremy Wright said that Taylor will be transferred to ...[read more]
August 29, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
The UK government on Thursday provided justification for a possible strike on Syria, in the face of public backlash. Prime Minister David Cameron spoke in front of British Parliament, giving validation on humanitarian grounds in addition to the need to prevent the use of chemical weapons. Cameron ...[read more]
July 22, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
A Jordan military court on Sunday rejected a bail application by radical cleric Abu Qatada, who faces terror charges in Jordan following his deportation from Britain. Abu Qatada was charged on July 7 with "conspiracy to carry out terrorist acts" following his deportation after Jordan's Parliament ...[read more]
June 13, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Jordan's Parliament approved a treaty with the UK Wednesday that will lead to the deportation and fair trial of radical cleric Abu Qatada. The new treaty passed with support from both houses of parliament, provides for mutual legal assistance between the two nations and can include any persons ...[read more]
May 22, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
The House of Commons of the UK Parliament voted 366-161 on Tuesday to approve the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. The legislation was introduced in January and will effectively extend the application of the Marriage Act of 1949 to same-sex as well as opposite-sex couples. The bill allows for an ...[read more]
February 6, 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove
The UK Parliament voted 400-175 on Tuesday in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage in England and Wales. The legislation, which was introduced late last month, would extend the application of the Marriage Act of 1949 to same-sex couples as well as opposite-sex couples. The bill also contains ...[read more]
September 11, 2012
by Garrett Eisenhour
On September 11, 2009, the UK Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, announced that the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) had begun an investigation into allegations of torture against its officers. The investigation came after the release of a report by the UK Parliament Joint Committee on Human ...[read more]
August 7, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
The Scottish Affairs Committee on Tuesday released a report finding that the Scottish Parliament does not have the legal right to hold a binding independence referendum on separation from the UK, expressly stating that only the Scottish people could make such a decision through a referendum. The ...[read more]

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