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In November 2013 the Ukrainian goverment decided not to sign an association agreement with the European Union. This decision led to massive protests throughout the country. Kiev's Independence Square (also known as Maidan Nezalezhnosti) was at the center of the protests. The originally peaceful demonstrations against pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych turned into violence in February. Many people have been killed in street fighting. Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko said that the Ukrainian police force has been given combat weapons for use in the civil unrest in Kiev.
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UEFA Champions League 2014/2015
The UEFA Champions League is football’s premier club competition - an annual continental club soccer tournament organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA). The Champions League was introduced in 1992, replacing the European Champion Clubs' Cup, or simply European Cup, which had run since 1955. It is one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world and the most prestigious club competition in European football.
The 2014–15 UEFA Champions League is the 60th season of the club football tournament, and the 23rd season since it was renamed. A total of 32 teams play in eight groups of four in the group stage. The group winners and the group runners-up will enter the knockout phase, starting with the round of 16 in February 2015. The 2015 UEFA Champions League Final will be played at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany on 06 June 2015.
International Emmy Awards Gala
The International Emmy Awards take place annually in New York and celebrate excellence in international television. British comedian and actor Matt Lucas hosted this year's ceremony on November 24.
Euromaidan in Ukraine - First Anniversary
Euromaidan, or Maidan movement, was a wave of protests that escalated into deadly civil unrest in Kiev, Ukraine, which lasted several months after it started at the end of November 2013. The movement, a reaction to the refusal of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych to sign an EU-Ukraine Association Agreement, called for Yanukovych and his cabinet’s resignation. The Ukrainian government were accused of corruption and of hindering Ukraine’s integration with the EU. Yanukovych was eventually ousted following several ultimatums made by the Maidan activists. Yanukovych fled to Russia in February 2014 after a violent police crackdown on the protesters left at least 100 people dead.
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