LONDON, April 11 (Reuters) – The mother of murdered
schoolgirl Sarah Payne took to the witness stand in Britain’s
phone-hacking trial on Friday to tell a jury that Rupert
Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid had been a “force for good”.
Sara Payne, whose daughter was abducted and murdered 14
years ago, appeared as a character witness at the Old Bailey and
said staff at the weekly tabloid had supported her and worked to
secure changes in the law regarding child sex offenders.
KIEV, Feb 5 (Reuters) – The confrontation between
opposition-led protesters and the government of President Viktor
Yanukovich, and a refusal to agree a compromise, is weighing on
the Ukrainian economy, acting prime minister Serhiy Arbuzov said
“Political instability is putting pressure on the currency
market. There is tension despite a lack of economic reasons for
this,” he told a meeting of the interim cabinet.
KIEV (Reuters) – The Ukrainian government bowed to intense Western pressure on Sunday to let an opposition activist fly abroad for treatment after his abduction, torture and then attempted arrest by police outraged critics of President Viktor Yanukovich.
The embattled head of state, caught in a tug of war between Russia and the West and facing mass protests that have prompted fears of civil war, announced he would return from four days of sick leave on Monday. It was unclear whether he might resume hesitant moves toward compromise or hit back at his opponents.
KIEV (Reuters) – Dmytro Bulatov, a Ukrainian activist whose torture at the hands of kidnappers outraged anti-government protesters, is flying out for treatment in Lithuania on Sunday after officials in Kiev dropped charges against him, allies and diplomats said.
Opposition leader Vitaly Klitschko told Reuters at the Kiev clinic where Bulatov had been since Thursday that the activist was flying to the Latvian capital Riga. An aide to Klitschko said he would go on from there to neighboring Lithuania.
KIEV (Reuters) – Masked men in combat gear have become a feature of the anti-government protest camp that has taken over central Kiev, but one stands out for his weapon of choice – the piano.
For the Pianist-Extremist, whose impromptu performances on the frozen street outside City Hall have delighted fellow demonstrators, the paramilitary costume, like his stage name, is an ironic barb aimed at Ukrainian authorities who condemn those demanding closer ties with Europe as dangerous militants.
ZAPORIZHZHYA, Ukraine (Reuters) – A city in Russian-speaking eastern Ukraine built on industry and blue collar workers, Zaporizhzhya is not normally a place of revolution.
Its population of 700,000 values employment and stability highly. In a 2010 election, 71 percent of voters there backed President Viktor Yanukovich, and it has long been a bastion of support for his Party of Regions.
KIEV, Jan 27 (Reuters) – Injured anti-government protesters
fearing arrest are shunning Kiev’s hospitals and choosing to
undergo operations in field clinics run by an army of volunteer
Since clashes between activists and security forces worsened
last week, doctors have faced more serious injuries, colds and
frostbite from the seering cold escalating to flesh wounds, gas
burns and concussions from the violence.
KIEV (Reuters) – Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich offered the opposition several top government posts on Saturday, hoping to coax his opponents into ending protests that threaten to bring the country to a standstill.
But opposition leaders, whose power base is among thousands of protesters massing in Kiev’s city centre, continued to press for further concessions, including early elections and the repeal of an anti-protest law.
KIEV, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Ukrainian opposition leaders held
fresh talks with President Viktor Yanukovich on Saturday after
overnight clashes between radical protesters and police, and an
attempt by other activists to occupy the main energy ministry
Major rallies were expected to take place in the centre of
Kiev later this weekend despite promises by Yanukovich to
reshuffle the government and promote changes to sweeping
KIEV (Reuters) – Anti-government protesters called an uneasy truce in the Ukrainian capital Kiev on Saturday after violent overnight clashes with police, but a separate group made an attempt to take over the main energy ministry building.
Radical protesters overnight lobbed petrol bombs, fireworks and other projectiles at police lines, despite apparent concessions by President Viktor Yanukovich to the opposition.