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By Alissa de Carbonnel and Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - Scores of Ukrainian riot police withdrew on Wednesday morning from a protest camp after moving against protesters overnight in the authorities' biggest attempt yet to disburse weeks of protests against President Viktor Yanukovich. Several columns of police left positions around the protesters' main camp in Independence Square and moved away from government buildings occupied by demonstrators enraged at Yanukovich's decision to pull the plug on an EU trade deal and move Ukraine further into Russia's orbit.
Uruguay has approved pioneering legislation legalizing marijuana, becoming the first nation in the world to oversee the production and sale of the drug. After a 12-hour debate, 16 leftist senators out of 29 lawmakers voted Tuesday in favor of the legislation championed by President Jose Mujica, who must now sign it into law. Outside the Senate, hundreds of cannabis-smoking supporters set off fireworks in what they dubbed "the last march with illegal marijuana." The atmosphere was festive. "The war against drugs has failed," said Senator Roberto Conde as he presented the bill on behalf of the ruling leftist Broad Front, calling it an "unavoidable response" to that failure.
Bangladesh's highest court held a hearing Wednesday to decide the fate of an Islamist leader sentenced to death for war crimes, after he was given a dramatic last-minute reprieve from execution. A judge stayed the hanging of Jamaat-e-Islami party leader Abdul Quader Molla on Tuesday night, just 90 minutes before his scheduled execution overnight at a jail in the capital Dhaka. He would have been the first person put to death for massacres committed during Bangladesh's 1971 independence war following a series of verdicts by a special war crimes court that have sparked deadly protests. The Supreme Court on Wednesday heard an appeal on whether Molla could seek a review of the death sentence, with his lawyers arguing that he had "a constitutional right" to do so.