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Women in Australia’s Parliament Decry Bullying and Sexism in Push for Change

The spill certainly inflamed the tension in Parliament, but women have long struggled to find a foothold there. Senator Sarah Hanson-Young filed a defamation lawsuit against a male colleague after he told her during a debate over women’s safety to Read more…


Iran’s Parliament Gives President a Rare Summons and Rebuke

LONDON — Iran’s Parliament summoned President Hassan Rouhani to answer questions on Tuesday about the country’s economic crisis, and then voted to reject his explanation, in a remarkable rebuke of a sitting leader. Mr. Rouhani blamed United States sanctions, not Read more…


Australian Prime Minister Dealt Death Blow as Own Party Withdraws Support

CANBERRA, Australia — Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia lost the support of his own party on Thursday, setting up a race between two challengers — one a conservative rival, the other a moderate ally — to take the reins Read more…


Pregnant Minister Cycles to Hospital to Give Birth

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Since taking office, New Zealand’s prime minister has broken boundaries and made headlines by becoming only the second sitting world leader to give birth, taking six weeks of parental leave and returning to her leadership role Read more…


Driver Crashes Car Into Barriers Outside U.K. Parliament

LONDON — A speeding car struck and injured several pedestrians and cyclists then crashed into a security barrier just outside the Houses of Parliament in London early Tuesday, according to the police, who detained the male driver. Video footage showed Read more…


Erdogan’s Most Charismatic Rival Challenges Him, From Jail

EDIRNE, Turkey — A prominent Kurdish politician, Selahattin Demirtas once helped Turkey’s leader come close to ending the decades-old conflict with Kurdish militants that has killed tens of thousands of people. Today, Mr. Demirtas is in prison, where he has Read more…


Military’s Influence Casts a Shadow Over Pakistan’s Election

LAHORE, Pakistan — The phone calls started last month, said Rana Iqbal Siraj: intimidating, anonymous demands that he defect from the party that governed Pakistan for the past five years and tried to curb the power of the military. Soon, Read more…


Israel Passes Law Anchoring Itself as Nation-State of the Jewish People

“The end of democracy,” declared Ahmad Tibi, a veteran Arab legislator, charging the government with demagogy. “The official beginning of fascism and apartheid. A black day (another black day),” he wrote on Twitter. Adalah, a legal center that campaigns for Read more…


Lord Carrington, Former U.K. Foreign Secretary, Dies at 99

Lord Carrington, a versatile British politician who held senior posts under Conservative prime ministers from Winston Churchill to Margaret Thatcher and who was secretary general of NATO in the last years of the Cold War, died on Monday. He was Read more…


Erdogan Begins New Term and Names His Son-in-Law Finance Minister

ANKARA, Turkey — Recep Tayyip Erdogan was sworn in on Monday for a five-year term under a new Constitution that gives Turkey’s president sweeping executive powers. He promptly named his son-in-law finance minister, an appointment that unsettled financial markets and Read more…