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Clashes In Ukraine Leave 4 Dead; Deadline Looms

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February 18, 2014 AT 7:34 AM
Ukraine's festering political crisis took a deadly turn Tuesday, as thousands of anti-government protesters clashed with police outside Ukraine's parliament. Three protesters were killed in the melee, the opposition reported, and emergency workers found another person dead after a fire at the ruling party's office in Kiev. Law enforcement agencies gave the demonstrators a deadline of 6 p.m. local time to stop the confrontations and vowed to restore order. Dozens of protesters and police were injured in the clashes Tuesday, which broke out after opposition leaders accused pro-government factions in parliament of dragging their feet on a constitutional reform that would limit presidential powers — a key opposition demand.