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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Top Western diplomats headed to Kiev Tuesday to try to defuse a standoff between President Viktor Yanukovych's government and thousands of demonstrators, following a night in which police in riot gear dismantled protesters' encampments outside government buildings.
1110 GMT: Crowd erupts into applause for Mugabe of neighbouring Zimbabwe as he is introduced, again by stark contrast with how the crowd is reacting to South Africa's own President Zuma. 1105 GMT: As TV pictures show Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in the crowd, Obama is expected to speak soon. 1102 GMT: Those cheers for Obama were in stark contrast to the boos for Zuma, who is sitting on the podium waiting to speak later in the event. Will the booing continue to ring around the stadium when Zuma takes to his feet to speak later in the event?
By Pavel Polityuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - About 2,000 anti-government protesters huddled by braziers in their main tented camp in snowbound Kiev on Tuesday, in defiance of riot police who herded them away from government buildings overnight. Dozens of riot police removed barricades leading to the presidency, cabinet offices and parliament. Protesters regrouped at Independence Square in central Kiev, where they have set up a makeshift tent village, complete with a stage where singers and speakers provide 24-hour entertainment. The president's standard, a blue flag with a gold trident in the centre, flew outside his office, signaling Viktor Yanukovich was at work - possibly the first time since protests erupted on November 21 over his decision to scrap a trade pact with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.