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India parliament panel says to summon Twitter chief on February 25

NEW DELHI/MUMBAI (Reuters) – An Indian parliamentary panel is summoning Twitter Inc’s chief executive to appear before it later this month, after he did not attend a hearing on Monday to discuss citizens’ rights on social media. FILE PHOTO: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on Twitter’s algorithms and content monitoring on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 5, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie/File Photo The parliamentary committee on information technology (IT) has decided to summon Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on Feb. 25, panel chairman…

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Australia parliament hit by cyber-hack attempt

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The attempted breach is the latest in a number of known attacks on the Australian government Authorities in Australia say they are investigating an attempt to hack into its parliament’s computer network. Lawmakers said there was “no evidence” that information had been accessed or stolen, but politicians’ passwords have been reset as a precaution. Local cyber-security experts have suggested the hack likely came from a foreign state. Australian PM Scott Morrison said he didn’t intend to comment in depth on “the source or nature…

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Brexit: Passionate protests outside Parliament

Image copyright Getty Images As MPs on both sides of the Brexit divide battled it out in the Commons ahead of the vote on Theresa May’s deal, an even noisier and more passionate debate was going on across the road. With fancy dress, lurid floats and colourful banners, there was something approaching a carnival atmosphere, as the usual ranks of pro and anti-Brexit demonstrators outside Parliament were swollen by people who had travelled to London for the big vote. The two sides mostly kept a respectful distance from each other,…

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Leaving the EU: What do you want Parliament to do?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption‘The politicians’ job is to sort something out’ It’s not just the MPs who say they will reject Theresa May’s deal that have their own ideas on what Brexit should look like – up and down the country the voters have very different visions of the UK’s departure from the EU. With the vote just hours away, various BBC programmes have been canvassing their views. ‘That makes me feel a little bit sick’ Great Yarmouth has the fifth-highest leave vote in the…

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Protester held over Parliament incidents

Image copyright BBC News Protester James Goddard has been arrested in connection with incidents outside Parliament on Monday. Police said a man in his 30s was arrested outside St James’s Park Tube station in central London just before midday. He is being held on suspicion of a public order offence. BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford said Mr Goddard’s supporters said he had been about to hand himself in at a London police station. A Met Police spokesman said Mr Goddard was currently in police custody and was being taken…

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No-deal Brexit: Can Parliament stop it?

Image copyright Getty Images There’s a big problem facing members of Parliament who want to avoid a no-deal Brexit. They can’t just show there is a majority in the House of Commons against no deal – they need to prove there is a majority in favour of an alternative outcome. That’s because leaving the EU – with or without a deal – is currently the default. If the agreement the prime minister has negotiated with the EU fails to pass the House of Commons, the UK will leave with no…

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Anna Soubry urges police action after ‘Nazi taunts’ outside Parliament

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionAnna Soubry: “This is astonishing. This is what has happened to our country.” MP Anna Soubry has criticised the police for failing to intervene after she was verbally abused by protesters outside Parliament. The Conservative ex-minister was accused “of being a Nazi”, while being interviewed on the BBC News channel. She called for the protesters, said to be Brexit supporters, to be prosecuted, under public order legislation, for intimidating behaviour. Politicians from all parties have condemned the abuse directed at her. Ms…

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Italy budget: Parliament passes budget after EU standoff

Image copyright AFP Image caption PM Giuseppe Conte said the budget was “the first stage of a broad and ambitious plan of reform” Italy’s parliament has approved a revised budget for 2019, amid opposition complaints that it was dictated by the EU. The country’s populist government had originally vowed to push through costly campaign promises including a universal basic income. But in October, the European Commission raised concerns about the impact of such spending on Italy’s debt levels. Rome was told to revise its budget, or face fines and disciplinary…

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Fiona Onasanya: Peterborough MP ‘to stay in Parliament’

Image copyright PA Image caption Fiona Onasanya has said she plans to stay on in the House of Commons An MP who lied to police about a speeding offence has said she plans to stay on in the House of Commons, despite facing a possible jail term. Writing in her local newspaper, Fiona Onasanya said constituents should “rest assured” she will remain their MP. The Peterborough MP, 35, was convicted of perverting the course of justice at the Old Bailey earlier this month. She has been suspended by Labour, but…

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Westminster attack: Parliament gates ‘need to be constantly armed’

Image copyright Reuters The chief coroner for England and Wales has called for armed police on all gates of Parliament following the 2017 Westminster terror attack. In his report Mark Lucraft QC said Scotland Yard should order that there is a constant armed presence. The coroner also urged MI5 to improve how it records the reasons why it closes investigations. Solicitors for the families called for all of the recommendations to be swiftly implemented. Khalid Masood killed four people on 22 March last year after hitting them with his car…

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