Receive Breaking News updates as they occur
Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych on Tuesday accused the pro-European opposition of posing a threat to national security, in a show of defiance as he held talks with the EU foreign policy chief to seek a way out of an explosive stand-off with protesters. With thousands still defying sub-freezing temperatures to protest Yanukovych's rejection of an EU pact under Russian pressure, the president held talks Tuesday with Catherine Ashton and his three predecessors in Kiev. "Substantial meeting (with) President Yanukovych, all relevant issues discussed," Ashton's spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic added on Twitter, saying the talks lasted three and a half hours but giving no further details. In a sign of Europe's support for the demonstrators, Ashton later personally visited the epicentre of the protests on Independence Square in Kiev, an AFP correspondent said.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro Tuesday at a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, a simple gesture that, while promptly downplayed by the White House, created a furor in Washington among critics of the Cuban regime.