A woman speaks as she kneels down in front of a line of riot police in the center of Kiev Ukrainian protesters today expanded their protest camp in Kiev closer to the administration of President Viktor Yanukovych, after crisis talks to end Ukraine‘s worst crisis since its 1991 independence ended in deadlock. After five days of clashes that activists say left five dead, Ukraine’s three main opposition leaders held several hours of talks with Yanukovych late on January 23 but the minor concessions they announced were greeted with derision by protesters. Read more
Orthodox priests pray as they stand between pro-EU activists and police lines in central Kiev, Ukraine, early Friday. A top Ukrainian opposition leader on Thursday urged protesters to maintain a shaky ceasefire with police after at least two demonstrators were killed in clashes this week, but some in the crowd appeared defiant, jeering and chanting “revolution” and “shame”. Read more
Employees take pictures though a window as anti-government protesters march through Bangkok’s business district on Thursday. The government declared a 60-day state of emergency, hoping to prevent an escalation in protests that have entered their third month. Read more
US Secretary of State John Kerry looks out at Lake Geneva outside of his meeting room in Montreux. Syria’s government and its enemies came face to face on Wednesday for the first time as world powers tried to set aside their own differences and push for an end to three years of civil war that is unsettling the entire Middle East. Read more
A supporter of social movement leader Anna Hazare waves the national flag in New Delhi, India, as he celebrates the news of the passing of an anti-graft bill that empowers an independent ombudsman to investigate and prosecute cases of corruption by politicians and bureaucrats. The Lokpal, or watchdog, bill was passed by the lower house of parliament on Wednesday after the government agreed to several amendments suggested by opposition lawmakers. Ms Hazare has been on hunger strike for the last nine days in an attempt to make both houses of parliament adopt the bill.
An anti-government protester waves a Thai national flag next to a portrait of King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok, Thailand Read more
French interior minister Manuel Valls speaks to the press as he leaves the Elysée Palace in Paris after the weekly cabinet meeting. Read more