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Turkish parliament passes controversial law to further empower spy agency

Turkish parliament passes controversial law to further empower spy agency

ANKARA, Turkey, April 17 (UPI) -- Turkey's parliament voted Thursday to increase the powers of the National Intelligence Agency.
JC Finley
Thai court nullifies February general election, fueling political crisis

Thai court nullifies February general election, fueling political crisis

March 21 (UPI) -- Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled Friday that February's general election was unlawful.
JC Finley
Crimea officials release Ukraine naval officer, EU considers sanctions

Crimea officials release Ukraine naval officer, EU considers sanctions

BRUSSELS, March 20 (UPI) -- The Ukrainian naval commander detained for a day in Sevastopol was among the seven people released by Crimean authorities Thursday, officials said.
Ukraine seeks U.N.. action after naval base in Crimea seized

Ukraine seeks U.N.. action after naval base in Crimea seized

SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine, March 19 (UPI) -- Ukraine said it would ask the UN to declare Crimea a "demilitarized zone" after pro-Russian activists seized control Wednesday of the naval headquarters.
Ukrainian Parliament dissolves regional assembly in Crimea

Ukrainian Parliament dissolves regional assembly in Crimea

KIEV, Ukraine, March 15 (UPI) -- The Ukrainian Parliament Saturday voted to dissolve the regional assembly in Crimea ahead of the region's controversial vote to secede from Ukraine.

South Korean lawmaker sentenced to prison for plotting insurrection

SEOUL, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Opposition South Korean Member of Parliament Lee Seok-ke was sentenced Monday to 12 years in prison for plotting to overthrow the government, a court ruled.

Turkish lawmakers approve tighter controls on judges, prosecutors

ANKARA, Turkey, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- The Turkish parliament approved a law Saturday that supporters say gives the government more control over the appointment of judges and prosecutors.
Viktor Yanukovych: From partner to violent kleptocrat

Viktor Yanukovych: From partner to violent kleptocrat

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Over the course of four years the international image of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has evolved from partner to violent kleptocrat.
TARAS KUZIO, UPI Outside View Commentator
Petition to void Thai election rejected; related petition still alive

Petition to void Thai election rejected; related petition still alive

BANGKOK, Feb. 7 (UPI) -- A petition to nullify Thailand's general election was rejected Friday on procedural grounds, the country's ombudsman said, but a second was pending.

Italian court sends restrictive reproduction law to higher court

ROME, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- A Rome lower court requested a review of the country's ban on screening for genetic diseases, part of the country's restrictive reproduction law, Monday.

Court says Thai elections can be postponed if necessary

BANGKOK, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Thailand's Constitutional Court ruled Friday elections scheduled Feb. 2 can be postponed. Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra disagrees.

Pro-government 'red shirt' leader shot, wounded north of Bangkok

BANGKOK, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- A pro-government leader was shot in Thailand as protests against Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra's administration persisted despite a state of emergency.

Russian court upholds 'gay propaganda' law as constitutional

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Russia's highest court ruled Wednesday a law banning "gay propaganda" was constitutional.

German legislative chamber to seek ban of neo-Nazi party

BERLIN, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- States represented in the upper house of the German parliament say they will try again to ban a neo-Nazi party they claim is damaging the country's democracy.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013.
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Thailand rejects senate amendments

(UPI) --Thailand's Constitutional Court rejected proposals from the ruling party, Pheu Thai, to make it so the Senate becomes fully elected and rejected to dissolve the ruling party.
Justin Salhani

France observing fracking developments

LONDON, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- Despite a moratorium, France is observing developments in the shale natural gas sector with keen interest, a French development official said.

Turkey celebrates 90th anniversary on Republic Day

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 29 (UPI) -- Turkey kicked off its 90th anniversary Tuesday with a ceremony at the mausoleum of the country's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

GDF Suez: Shale answer to Europe's woes

DAEGU, South Korea, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Opening up to shale oil and natural gas in Europe could ensure long-term energy security for the region, an executive at French energy company GDF Suez said.

Ukrainian president and European values

KIEV, Ukraine, Sept. 12 (UPI) -- When Viktor Yanukovych was elected president a lot of Ukrainians hoped that he had become more democratically minded. They were completely wrong.
YURIY LUKANOV, UPI Outside View Commentator

European court: Italy must increase payments over HIV-tainted blood

STRASBOURG, France, Sept. 3 (UPI) -- Italy must adjust damage payments to people who were given HIV-tainted blood to account for inflation, a European court said Tuesday.

Seoul mulls asking Japan to discuss WWII sex slavery issue

SEOUL, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- South Korea is considering asking Japan to discuss compensating women forced to be sex slaves to Japanese troops in World War II, a government official said.

Russian NGO challenges 'foreign agent' law

MOSCOW, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Russian human rights leaders said they were challenging the wording of a law requiring non-governmental organizations to register as foreign agents.

U.N. says reconcilaition needed in Mali

UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Malian President-elect Ibrahim Boubacar Keita needs to work to ensure reconciliation is at the forefront of a national agenda, a U.N. special envoy said.

EU to assess relationship with Zimbabwe

BRUSSELS, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- The European Union will review its relationship with Zimbabwe in light of concerns about the conduct of recent elections, the EU foreign policy chief said.
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