KIEV, Ukraine – Facing huge anti-government demonstrations after spurning a deal with the European Union, Ukraine’s embattled president sought Monday to quell public anger by moving to renew talks with Brussels.
The opposition, meanwhile, scrambled to secure enough votes in parliament to oust the Cabinet and try to force an early presidential election, in the biggest unrest in the country since the 2004 Orange Revolution.
President Viktor Yanukovych struggled to reaffirm his grip on power as thousands of demonstrators besieged government buildings in Kiev, his party suffered defections and three cities in the west of the country openly defied the central government.
The protests were sparked by Yanukovych’s decision to ditch the political association and free trade pact with the EU, followed by a violent dispersal of a small peaceful rally in Kiev over the weekend.
Nigerian base hit by deadly attack
Hundreds of Islamic militants in trucks and a stolen armored personnel carrier attacked an air force base and international airport on the outskirts of a Nigerian city before dawn Monday, officials and witnesses said, possibly leaving scores of people dead in one of the insurgent group’s most daring attacks.
The attack comes a week after the military bombarded forest hideouts of the Boko Haram terrorist network near the border with Cameroon with airstrikes and ground assaults.
No emergency call before pub crash
The pilot of a Scottish police helicopter did not put out any emergency calls before crashing through the roof of a crowded Glasgow pub, killing nine people, investigators said Monday.
Officials said late Monday they had finished a search-and-rescue operation at the scene and there are no further fatalities in the rubble.
Pellet gun leads to lockdown in Toledo
A 14-year-old student flashed a pellet gun inside a Toledo high school, setting off a lockdown and short standoff Monday in a hallway before he was taken into custody and charged, police and a witness said.
The student at Scott High School had been kicked out of class and sent to a room for serving in-school suspensions, where he told a school police officer he had a gun and pulled it partly out his book bag, said Kayla Williams, a student inside the room.
The pellet gun looked like a real handgun, police spokesman Lt. Mark King said.
Camera records its own theft – by bird
A brazen bird snatched a video camera that was recording crocodiles in northwest Australia and captured fascinating footage of its 70-mile journey across the country’s remote landscape.
Wildlife rangers in Western Australia’s Kimberly region released video Monday that reveals the sea eagle’s caper. The bird’s flapping wings can be seen as it grabs the device and takes off, and the eagle later poses for a selfie, poking its face into the camera lens.