Thursday, January 30, 2014

World News Briefs -- January 30, 2014 (Evening Edition)

Ukraine's Descent Into Chaos Continues As Protesters Reject Amnesty Offer And The President Goes On SICK LEAVE With 'Flu' -- Daily Mail

* President Yanukovych has 'acute respiratory disease' and a temperature
* Protesters reject amnesty offer saying 'these laws are a lie'
* Six killed in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities in widespread protests
* Activists are occupying key buildings and have erected street barricades

Protesters in Kiev defiantly rejected an amnesty offer passed by the Ukrainian parliament that promised to free imprisoned activists if they stood down and left occupied buildings.

Six people have been killed in Kiev and other Ukrainian cities in protests that erupted more than two months ago after President Viktor Yanukovich walked away from a treaty with the European Union under pressure from Russia.

Protesters have occupied key buildings in various cities, set up encampments in squares and erected barricades in streets. Under the conditions of the amnesty these would have to be dismantled and buildings vacated. It allows for peaceful protests, though.

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US says Syria must comply on chemical weapons.

Shared moment of silence but little headway at Syria talks. UN: No substantive results in Syria talks.

Report: Syria government has razed neighborhoods. Syrian government 'demolished thousands of homes'.

Report: Obama's Syria deal good for Assad.

Beirut suburb on high alert after wave of bombings.

Iraq releases rare 'ISIL chief' photo.

Bombings hit Baghdad as Iraq death toll tops 900 for January.

At least 18 killed in militant assault on Iraqi ministry building.

Iran's Zarif says Obama remarks for 'domestic consumption'.

Israel MoD boss blasts US Mideast missteps.


N. Korea building missile launch pad capable of aiming at U.S.: report.

U.S.: Afghanistan can't 'keep deferring' decision on security pact.

As election nears, Thai protesters increase pressure. Thai army to deploy more troops amid warning of poll violence.

N. Korea warns against war games in rare news conference.

North Korean diplomat: Kim Jong-un's executed uncle committed 'tremendous crimes'.

Asia history tensions flare at UN debate.

New Zealand may vote on dropping Union flag.

Beijing boots U.S. reporter over stories of Communist corruption.


Rwanda calls Congo 'crybaby' at U.N., Congo says Rwanda 'arrogant'.

Ruthless Christian militias hunt down Muslims in CAR capital.

AU holds key summit; Talks dominated by conflicts in South Sudan, CAR.

Mauritania leader new African Union chairman

Somali President: AMISOM operations against Al-Shabab to begin soon.

Popular wave could lift Egypt army chief to office.

Saudi Arabia to give Egypt up to $4 billion more aid: report.

Striking S.African mineworkers reject wage offer.

Libya sets February 20 for constitution assembly vote.


Exclusive: In diplomatic shift, Europe seeks improved ties with Cuba.

Amanda Knox found guilty of murder again by Italian court.

Ukraine protesters defy terms of new amnesty law. Ukrainian opposition rejects protester amnesty law.

Ukrainian president takes sick leave amid crisis.

Russia to await new Ukraine government before fully implementing rescue: Putin.

US renews offer to help Russia with security at Olympics.

Russia says identifies bombers, arrests two in Volgograd blasts. Volgograd bombers were Dagestan militants, say Russian authorities,

‘Our views are far apart’: German chancellor slams US, UK over spying.

Greece: Govt rules out early general election.

Paris flights cut by 20 percent as air traffic controllers strike.


Panama orders release of North Korean sailors.

Atlanta recovering after snowstorm strands thousands.

Sandinista consolidation of power advances in Nicaragua with reform of military code.

El Salvador vote pits ex-rebel vs gang-fighting rightist.

Ecuador former police chief Edgar Vaca arrested in the US.

Latin America, Caribbean proclaim 'zone of peace',

Rob Ford conspired in beating of sister's ex-boyfriend, lawsuit says.


US prosecutors seek execution of marathon suspect.

Israeli general says Al-Qaida's Syria fighters set up in Turkey.

Obama calls for limited strikes against al-Qaida.

US intel sees uptick in Olympic threat reports.

Europeans are flocking to the war in Syria. What happens when they come home?


Oracle's Ellison downplays threat of NSA database snooping.

Federal Reserve cuts QE by further $10bn to $65bn a month.

Google sells Motorola Mobility unit to Lenovo for $3bn.

Royal Dutch Shell halts Alaska exploration as profits fall.

Boeing has record sales of $87 billion in 2013.

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