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A member of Ukraine's National Guard was killed and scores of people were injured Monday in clashes between police and nationalist protesters in Kiev as lawmakers gave initial backing to a contested bill boosting autonomy in the country's breakaway regions. Major powers voiced deep concern at the bloodshed, which the Ukrainian government blamed on ultra-nationalists. It was the worst unrest in the capital since a popular uprising ousted Moscow-backed president Viktor Yanukovych early last year, unleashing a separatist insurgency in Ukraine's industrial east.
Satellite images confirm the destruction of another famed temple in Syria's Palmyra, the United Nations said late Monday. "We can confirm destruction of the main building of the Temple of Bel as well as a row of columns in its immediate vicinity," the UN training and research agency UNITAR said, providing satellite images from before and after a powerful blast in the ruins of the ancient city Sunday. The blast had already raised fears Monday that the Islamic State group had damaged another of the Middle East's most treasured heritage sites.