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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ukrainian protesters occupy government buildings

Protesters use a large slingshot to hurl a Molotov cocktail at police in central Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday. Thick black smoke from burning tires engulfed parts of downtown Kiev as an ultimatum issued by the opposition to the president to call for an early election or face street rage was set to expire with no sign of a compromise.