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  1. Protesters Stand Their Ground in Kiev

    The world has witnessed a buildup of tensions in Ukraine since November, when President Viktor Yanukovych turned his back on an EU trade deal, sparking protests in Kiev. Demonstrators have been demanding new elections, and the government answered their demands with a new antiprotest law, which led to hundreds of arrests. Parliament voted to grant amnesty to the detainees this week in an attempt to calm the situation, but under the condition that they vacate government buildings. Yanukovych, meanwhile, has gone off sick from work, and the demonstrators are accusing security forces of abducting and torturing protesters. While the outcome remains uncertain, one thing’s for sure: The protesters aren’t going home anytime soon.

    Sources: BBC, DW

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