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Ukrainian security forces on Wednesday pulled out of the epicentre of mass protests in Kiev after a nine hour standoff with thousands of demonstrators, in a major boost for the opposition to President Viktor Yanukovych. Elite Berkut anti-riot police and interior ministry special forces moved against the protestors who have occupied Kiev's Independence Square for over a week at around 2:00 am (midnight GMT). US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed "disgust" at the crackdown, which came as Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland and EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton were in Kiev for talks with all parties to find a way out of the crisis.
Ten years after Volkswagen's legendary Beetle drove off into the sunset, the German carmaker's other main icon, the camper van, takes its leave from the world's automobile stage this month. In the vast firmament of the automobile industry, the camper van's star shines almost as brightly as that of the Beetle. The worldwide popularity of both vehicles helped VW become a global carmaker. It was the Beetle -- the Type 1 -- that gave birth to the company that is currently the world's third-biggest automaker.