Protesters clashed with police in cities across Turkey on Tuesday after the death of a 15-year-old boy who had been in a coma since he was hit in the head by a tear-gas canister during anti-government demonstrations last summer.
Police unleashed water cannon and tear gas on thousands of demonstrators, another pre-election headache for Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as he battles a corruption scandal that has become one of the biggest challenges of his decade in power.
Istanbul and Ankara have both seen protests in recent weeks against what demonstrators regard as Erdogan’s authoritarian reaction to the graft affair, which has included new laws tightening Internet controls and handing government greater influence over the appointment of judges and prosecutors.
UKRAINE, Kiev : A woman walks on Kiev’s Independence square on February 27, 2014. Deposed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych the same day said he still considers himself to be Ukraine’s head of state but asked Russia to ensure his personal security. “I still consider myself to be the legal head of the Ukrainian state,” said Yanukovych in a statement to Russian news agencies, his first comments since February 22. “I am compelled to ask the Russian Federation to ensure my personal security from the actions of extremists,” he said, adding that the latest decisions by the Ukrainian parliament “do not have legitimate character.” AFP PHOTO/BULENT KILIC