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  1. U.S. Weighs Sanctions Against Ukraine If Violence Continues

    Weeks of protests in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev have paralyzed the Eastern European country of 46 million. Violence erupted as riot police tried to dislodge anti-government protesters from their strongholds. In response, U.S. State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said Washington is “considering policy options,” and not ruling out sanctions. Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych declared on national television that the authorities would “never use force against peaceful protests.” Meanwhile U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed disgust at reports of police brutality, including the use of batons and bulldozers to displace protesters.

    Sources: BBC, Washington Post

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