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Ukraine passes anti-protest law

Supporters of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich have hustled a sweeping law through parliament in an attempt to curb anti-government protests, sparking an outcry from the opposition and raising tensions on the streets.

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In pictures: Ukrainian protesters camp out in Kiev as anger against

Pro-EU demonstrators packed the Independence Square as Germany's foreign minister met Ukrainian opposition leaders at their protest camp in Kiev in a snub to President Viktor Yanukovich, who triggered mass street demonstrations by spurning a pact with the EU and seeking closer ties with Moscow. The crisis took a further toll on Ukraine's fragile economy, with the central bank forced to support the currency and the cost of insuring the country's debt against default rising further.