25 dead in fiery Ukraine protests; Venezuela in chaos

In fierce battles overnight, police and demonstrators squared off in Independence Square in Kiev as authorities tried to end the month long protests against the regime's canceling of an EU trade pact and move toward Russia. CNN is reporting that 25 protestors and police were killed in the riots: After the deaths of 25 people in clashes a day earlier, Ukrainian protesters are prepared to stand and fight again Wednesday. Police want to clear them out of central Kiev. Some of them died trying to stay put Tuesday -- using projectiles and burning barricades to keep security forces at bay at Kiev's Maidan, or Independence Square. It was the deadliest day in the months-long standoff between the government and opposition leaders. Thousands of demonstrators have packed Independence Square since November, when President Viktor Yanukovych reversed a decision to sign a trade deal with the European Union and instead turned toward Russia. The unrest intensified after an anti-protest law...(Read Full Post)