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Ukraine President urged to resign over EU pact30112013
Ukraine’s opposition leaders are demanding the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych. The president is being criticized for shelving an agreement with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.
The Ukraine government was originally intending to sign a deal that would pave the way for the country to join the European bloc. But President Yanukovych changed his course after Russia imposed restrictions on some of Ukraine’s exports.
Protestors gathered in the Ukranian capital, Kiev, on Friday. Demonstrators held hands in a human chain to protest the government’s decision.
Opposition leaders told a massive rally that they are committed to fighting against Russian pressure. They also said that the president betrayed the people. They pledged to urge the president to resign.
The government says it still aims to conclude the deal with the EU. But the country is expected to face challenges as Russia…
US reaffirms defense treaty with Japan covers islands disputed with China
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in a phone call with his Japanese counterpart, Itsunori Onodera, has reaffirmed support for Tokyo. He said that the defense treaty between the two countries covers the group of islands claimed by both China and Japan, where Beijing established a new airspace defense zone last week. Hagel pledged to consult closely with Tokyo to avoid untoward incidents around the islands, a Pentagon spokesman said.
2 Sudanese vaccination campaign workers killed in West Darfur
Two Sudanese health workers participating in a nationwide measles vaccination campaign have been killed in West Darfur state. The UN humanitarian coordinator in Sudan, Ali Al-Za’tari, on Friday condemned the killing of two staff of the Sudanese Ministry of Health, a vaccinator and a driver. “I call on all parties to ensure the protection of all personnel wo…
Thai PM easily survives no-confidence vote amid protests Updated on : 28-11-2013 11:07 AM Thailand's embattled Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Thursday easily survived a parliamentary no-confidence vote against her, the house speaker said, as raucous protests continued on Bangkok's streets.

"Prime Minister Yingluck won the vote of confidence," said Somsak Kiatsuranont, with 297 lawmakers voting in her favour and 134 against. 

The vote, which pivoted on a slew of allegations of corruption, comes amid ongoing mass street protests in Bangkok by opposition protesters seeking to topple Yingluck's elected government. 

Demonstrators have paralysed government ministries in Bangkok to challenge Yingluck and the self-exiled Thaksin, in the biggest street protests since mass rallies in 2010 that turned deadly. 

Protesters accuse Yingluck and her government of acting as a stooge to her brother, the billionaire tycoon-turned-politician who is adored by many of the country&#…