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By Pavel Polityuk MOSCOW (Reuters) - About 2,000 anti-government protesters huddled by braziers in their main tented camp in snowbound Kiev on Tuesday, in defiance of riot police who herded them away from government buildings overnight. Dozens of riot police removed barricades leading to the presidency, cabinet offices and parliament. Protesters regrouped at Independence Square in central Kiev, where they have set up a makeshift tent village, complete with a stage where singers and speakers provide 24-hour entertainment. The president's standard, a blue flag with a gold trident in the centre, flew outside his office, signaling Viktor Yanukovich was at work - possibly the first time since protests erupted on November 21 over his decision to scrap a trade pact with the European Union in favor of closer ties with Russia.
Soweto (South Africa) (AFP) - 1022 GMT: AFP's Jean Liou tells us that in Cape Town, there were clenched fists and cries of "viva" as people watched the live proceedings opposite the city hall where Mandela gave his first speech in February 1990 after walking out of prison. "For me, it's something personal to be here rather than to sit at home," said John Williams, standing under a palm tree and eating an ice-cream in the summer heat as he recalled South Africa's troubled history. Michelle Machelm, 47, who came from neighbouring Somerset West to watch the day on giant screens, said it was due to Mandela that the country was free. 1014 GMT: As the ceremony gets under way around an hour late in Soweto, US President Barack Obama is only just leaving his hotel to head to the event.
By Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea is engaged in a purge amounting to a "reign of terror" that has claimed the scalp of the country's second most powerful man and risks further damaging relations with the South, President Park Geun-hye said on Tuesday. Park took office in Seoul earlier this year as North Korea conducted its third nuclear test, enraging world public opinion, and threatened to engulf its southern neighbour and its ally, the United States, in a war. "North Korea is currently carrying out a reign of terror, undertaking a large-scale purge in order to strengthen Kim Jong Un's power," Park told a cabinet meeting, part of which was broadcast on television. State media on Monday said Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un, had been dismissed from his posts for "criminal acts" ranging from mismanagement, corruption and leading a "dissolute and depraved life".