By Natalia Zinets KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich made few concessions on Friday in crisis talks with the opposition, his first direct attempt to defuse weeks of unrest over a policy swerve to Russia away from Europe. The meeting came as protesters streamed into the capital from mainly western regions for a mass rally on Sunday, boosting thousands already camped out on Kiev's Independence Square, focal point of recent demonstrations. Russia, in the meantime, pointedly demanded that the European Union keep out of Ukrainian affairs. Yanukovich, yielding to calls from the international community, began round-table talks with the opposition to try to find a way out of the conflict which has put Ukraine at the center of an East-West tug-of-war.
By Maggie Fick CAIRO (Reuters) - With many of its male members jailed, Egypt's besieged Muslim Brotherhood is calling up an unlikely reserve force against the army-backed government in the conservative Arab country. At more and more protests, female members of the Islamist movement can be seen taking on security forces mounting one of their fiercest crackdowns against the group. One newspaper front page captured the determination of the Muslim Brothers, and sisters, to survive. A photograph showed a woman wearing goggles and a gas mask over her headscarf throwing an object at security forces as she and two women were engulfed in a cloud of teargas.
Hundreds of South Africans pushed their way past a police cordon in a bid to see Nelson Mandela's body Friday, in the final moments of his lying in state. They ran toward the amphitheatre at Union Buildings -- the seat of government -- where Mandela has been lying in state since Wednesday.