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Nick Clegg: EU exit would be 'economic suicide'

Speaking ahead of his party's spring conference, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg says that to "yank" Britain out of the European Union would be "an act of economic suicide"<p><b>Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg</b>, who is fiercely pro-European, while conceding the EU is not perfect said that to ""yank …

Ukraine President Yanukovych office seized by protesters, residence abandoned, whereabouts unknown

Protesters have seized the Kyiv office of President Viktor Yanukovych and the opposition demanded a new election be held by May, as the pro-Russian leader’s grip on power rapidly eroded following days of carnage in the capital.<p>Earlier on Saturday the parliamentary speaker resigned, citing ill …

Ukraine: new parliamentary speaker elected

The speaker of parliament, a Viktor Yanukovych loyalist, resigned on Saturday.<p>Ukrainian MPs elected a close ally of jailed opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko to the<br>powerful post.<p>Oleksander Turchynov is a senior member of Tymoshenko’s Fatherland party.<p>“Legitimate power in Ukraine is the Ukrainian …

Ukraine's parliament dismisses President Yanukovych

Ukraine’s political landscape changed dramatically when the parliament voted to remove President Viktor Yanukovych in a special session on Saturday.<p>Members of the parliament, which decisively abandoned Yanukovich after this week’s bloodshed, stood, applauded and sang the national anthem after they …

Ukrainians take a look around Yanukovich compound

Ukrainians have had a first look around the grounds of President Viktor Yanukovich’s residence outside the capital Kyiv since it was taken over by protesters.<p>Visitors who streamed into the compound have been in disbelief at the scale of the opulence. The property on 140 hectares in Mezhyhirya, an …

Ukraine: Tymoshenko next moves

The freed former prime minister of Ukraine Yulia Tymoshenko now has the opportunity to take part in the construction of the new phase in Ukraine’s political system.<p>Despite her emotional speech the reaction among the crowds witnessing her appearance in Kyiv appears to have been mixed:<p>“We’re afraid …

Tymoshenko ally becomes acting Ukrainian president

The speaker of the Ukrainian parliament, the closest confidante of freed opposition leader<br>Yulia Tymoshenko, has become acting president following the removal of Viktor Yanukovych.<p>Oleksander Turchinov, headed Ukraine’s state security service (SBU) following the Orange Revolution in 2004.<p>His …

Ukraine wonders over whereabouts of Yanukovych

With Viktor Yanukovych remaining silent despite the historic changes taking place there’s growing speculation over where he might be hiding.<p>The deposed president is said to have left the capital aboard a helicopter on Friday night. But its destination remains unknown.<p>Some members of the his Party …

World leaders react to Ukrainian crisis as Merkel and Putin talk on the phone

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin have talked on the phone in a call initiated by Angela Merkel.<p>It’s reported the chancellor’s office said both agreed Ukraine’s ‘territorial integrity” must be upheld. Other reaction from Moscow included an appeal by the head of …

Violence erupts in Ukraine as pro-Russian protesters clash with Kyiv supporters

Pro-Russian demonstrators have clashed with anti-government protesters in Ukraine’s south and eastern regions.<p>Several attempts by opposition supporters to hold rallies over this weekend’s historic events have been roundly shut down.<p>In the poor industrial city of Donetsk, pro-Russian protesters made …

European integration "a priority" says Ukraine acting president

Euronews correspondent Angelina Kariakina reports from Kyiv and says: “While Ukrainian politicians negotiate the coalition and candidates for the post of prime minister the Maidan protest movement which has spread far beyond Kyiv wants a change in the political system and new faces in state …

Politicians assemble to discuss fate of Ukraine

After Ukraine’s citizens rocked the country over the last few weeks, the spotlight is once again on the politicians. US ambassador Geoffrey Pyatt was in town to meet new interim president Oleksander Turchinov. He hopes to form a government by Tuesday and spoke about the country’s new direction: …

Moscow police arrest 200 as opposition protesters jailed

While a crowd outside the court chanted “freedom” and “shame”, a judge in Moscow has imprisoned seven out of eight people convicted for “rioting and attacking police” during a protest against President Vladimir Putin in May 2012.<p>The eighth accused, a woman, was given a suspended sentence.<p>Outside at …

Ukraine police hunt for Yanukovych, charged with mass murder

The hunt for disgraced former Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych continues. Police issued an arrest warrant today for charges of mass murder. Ukraine’s interim interior minister, Arsen Avakov, posted the latest development on his facebook profile.<p>Since fleeing his luxury home near Kyiv on Friday …

Ukraine appeals for loans to ward off financial collapse

When Viktor Yanukovych rejected a free trade trade deal with the EU, Russia granted almost 11 billion euros to Kyiv.<p>The first installment of 2.2 billion euros was paid before the uprising that toppled Yanukovich began.<p>But Russia suspended all payments last week. So where will the money come …

Russian MPs raise prospect of citizenship in Crimea visit

Several Russian MPs arrived in Crimea, the pro-Russian peninsula of Ukraine, over Monday night.<p>They were welcomed by two Crimean MPs.<p>The Russian MPs from the Liberal Democratic party delivered the message that Crimeans could claim Russian citizenship.<p>Former Soviet leader Khrushchev gave the region …

Putin mocks the West and threatens to turn off gas supplies

Russian leader says does not want 'new cold war' but threatens to disrupt European gas supplies<p>Vladimir Putin has mocked diplomatic efforts to end the <b>Ukraine</b> crisis as Russia threatened to disrupt European gas supplies by cutting off sales to Kiev over its unpaid debts.<p>The Russian president said …