The Last 24 Hours: Ukraine Pres. sick, Geneva Syria talks slow

Ukraine’s unrest continues as President Yanukovich has left his office on sick leave Thursday. This was announced after signing a bill giving amnesty for detained activists if the opposition stops occupying official buildings. Yanukovich also accuses the opposition of spontaneously starting a crisis stating, “the opposition continues to whip up the situation calling on people to stand in the cold for the sake of political ambitions of a few leaders. I think this is wrong.”

For an update on Geneva II talks on Syria, there was what is being called a rare “shared moment of silence” over the victims killed in the ongoing conflict Thursday. Even with this, the talks now entering a full week are running out of time with no agreement on any next steps in the civil war.

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