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Thousands of Ukrainian protesters and police were on Wednesday locked in a potentially explosive standoff after security forces stormed the epicentre of mass protests but demonstrators refused to leave. Elite Berkut anti-riot police and interior ministry special forces moved against the protestors who had occupied Kiev's Independence Square for a over a week at around 2:00 am (midnight GMT). US Secretary of State John Kerry expressed "disgust" over the crackdown, which came as EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton and US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland were in Kiev for talks with all parties to find a way out of the crisis. The security forces tore down the barricades that the protestors angry at President Viktor Yanukovych's rejection of an EU pact under Russian pressure had erected around Independence Square.
PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — The casket of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, draped in the multi-colored South African flag, arrived Wednesday at the seat of power in the country's capital for public viewing.
Nearly three years after its debut, DC Comics is pushing its New 52 five years into the future with writers Jeff Lemire, Keith Giffen, Brian Azzarello and Dan Jurgens to examine how heroes change with the passing of time and technology.