Protesters throw Molotov cocktails at troops in Kiev, January 19, 2014. Photo: Mstyslav Chernov/unframe
BY CHLOE TAYLOR AND HUGH WIDJAYA
Ukraine government unrest
The Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych has fled and opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko has been freed from prison after anti-government protests ended the Putin-backed leaders reign.
The protests, which began two weeks ago, were against Yanukovych’s last-minute decision not to join the EU. In all 82 protestors have died. Tymoshenko said the protesters were “…. heroes. You are the best thing in Ukraine.”
Tymoshenko was jailed in 2010 on corruption charges after Yanukovych won the presidential elections.
Newly installed leader Oleksander Turchinov, an ally of Tymoshenko, is acting president until elections on May 25.
Sydney’s new liquor laws begin
Pubs and clubs in the CBD area and Kings Cross will enforce Sydney’s strict liquor laws starting today, in an attempt to calm the city’s nightlife party scene.
The NSW Government debated the law for months and at 12.01am (AEDT) Monday 24th February the laws came into action. The last serving of alcoholic drinks at 3am and the 1.30am lockout were tested early Monday morning. All take away alcohol stores will also close at 10pm.
According to Hospitality Minister George Souris the induction went smoothly while the real test will be this coming Saturday night, when the streets crammed with thousands of people celebrating Mardi Gras.
Mr Souris said he understood there were concerns that new lockouts would encourage late-night movements to suburbs on the outskirts of the city, but he insisted the system was flexible and boundaries would be adjusted if necessary. “I’m pretty sure most people will get the message and I just ask people to be more compliant generally in their nature,” Mr Souris said.
The Sydney entertainment district includes the CBD and Kings Cross, and consists of about 1,300 licensed premises. Some establishments are exempt from the new restrictions.
Israeli Forces kill US Prisoner
A convicted killer was executed in his prison compound by Israeli Special forces on Sunday. The defensive attack took place after the inmate got a hold of a prison guard’s weapon, shot three guards and barricaded himself inside the compound.
The dead man was identified as Samuel Sheinbin, who fled to Israel after murdering 19-year-old Alfred Enrique Tello Jrin the US state Maryland in 1997. Authorities said Sheinbein strangled Tello with a rope, hit him numerous times with a sharp object, dismembered his body then burned it. There was another teenager involved in the murder who was sent to a prison in Maryland and later commited sucide in the gaol.
What allowed Sheinhein access to Israel was under the law which prevented the extradition of Israeli citizens to foreign countries, Sheinhein’s father Saul was born in Israel which qualified him citizenship under Israel’s ‘Law of Return’.
Woman and child killed in Thai protests
Bomb blasts have killed a 5-year-old child and 40-year-old woman in central Bangkok early Sunday. Twenty eight others have also been injured.
The attacks by pro-government supporters occurred outside the Big C department store in Ratchaprasong, an area that has been occupied by protesters for weeks.
Civil unrest has plagued Thailand since PM Thaksin Shinawatra was deposed and his sister Yingluck installed as government leader in 2006. In all 17 people have died since the conflict began.