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A worker carries a bench while preparing the Senate chamber on Parliament Hill in Ottawa October 10, 2013. Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper will outline his government's agenda in the Speech from the Throne on October 16.

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Workers prepare the Senate chamber on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Thursday, ahead of Canada’s prime minister, Stephen Harper, delivering the Speech from the Throne on October 16, which will outline his government’s agenda

Members of Parliament (MPs) pose for pictures during the 2013 Westminster Dog of the Year competition outside Parliament in London, Britain, 10 October 2013. Proud MPs gathered with their dogs outside parliament for the annual Westminster Dog of the Year award.

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Members of Parliament pose for pictures with their pets during the annual Westminster Dog of the Year competition outside Parliament in London

Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras att...Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras attends a blessing ceremony in the Greek parliament for the new season on October 7, 2013.  AFP PHOTO / LOUISA GOULIAMAKILOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images

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Greek prime minister Antonis Samaras attends a blessing ceremony for the new season in the Athens parliament Read more

Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi attends a Senate meeting as Italy's Prime Minister Enrico Letta calls for a confidence vote in Rome, October 2, 2013.  Letta said on Wednesday that the government's survival must be separated from the legal troubles of Berlusconi and that its collapse could be "fatal" for the country.

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Italian center-right leader Silvio Berlusconi attends a Senate meeting as Italy’s Prime Minister Enrico Letta calls for a confidence vote in Rome. Letta said on Wednesday that the government’s survival must be separated from the legal troubles of Berlusconi and that its collapse could be “fatal” for the country.

The houses of Parliament and some bubbles

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Bubbles float in front of the Houses of Parliament in London on Wednesday. Read more

Britain's Prime Minister Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street in London...Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron leaves Number 10 Downing Street to attend parliament in London August 29, 2013. Britain's parliament has been recalled to vote on how to respond to Syria's suspected use of chemical weapons. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN - Tags: POLITICS CONFLICT)

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David Cameron, UK prime minister, leaves Number 10 Downing Street to attend parliament in London on Thursday. Britain’s parliament has been recalled to vote on how to respond to Syria’s suspected use of chemical weapons Read more

An Indian farmer holds paddy saplings as he walks on the embankment of his agricultural field on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The lower house of Indian Parliament Monday approved a landmark bill that proposes to provide cheaper grain to more than 800 million across the country. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)

Biswaranjan Rout/AP

An Indian farmer holds paddy saplings on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India on Wednesday. The lower house of India’s parliament on Monday approved a bill that proposes to provide cheaper grain to more than 800 million people across the country. Read more

Municipal public school guard Yiorgos Avramidis (C), 43, married with two children of three and six, from the northern Greek town of Edessa, is comforted by colleagues in front of a police line guarding the Greek parliament in Athens. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis

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Municipal public school guard Yiorgos Avramidis, centre, from the town of Edessa in northern Greece, is comforted by colleagues in front of a police line guarding parliament in Athens.

Gay campaigners drive a bus past the Hou...Gay campaigners drive a bus past the Houses of Parliament as the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill gets an unopposed third reading by the Lords in central London on July 15, 2013. Gay marriage was set to be legalised in England and Wales after the controversial Bill introducing it cleared the Lords today.

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Gay campaigners drive a bus past the Houses of Parliament as the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill gets an unopposed third reading by the Lords in central London on Monday. Gay marriage was set to be legalised in England and Wales after the controversial Bill introducing it cleared the Lords today Read more

Members of the European Parliament take part in a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg...Members of the European Parliament take part in a voting session at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, July 4, 2013. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE - Tags: POLITICS)

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Members of the European parliament take part in a voting session in Strasbourg on Thursday.