In this edition:
1) Boxing champion challenging president
After two months of peace rallies Ukrainian protests turned violent. The standoff at the streets of Kiev is accompanied by a war of nerves between President Yanukovich and a sportsman-turned-politician, former heavyweight world boxing champion Vitaly Klitchko, who was the first opposition leader to meet face-to-face with the president.
2) Syria talks: better late than never
International peace conference Geneva-2 aimed at resolving Syrian crisis kick-started in Switzerland after months of shuttle diplomacy, evoking hopes and skepticism both. Russia regretted last-minute withdrawal of Iran’s invitation calling it a mistake.
3) Nuclear deal with Iran: who stands to win more
Iran announced it has halted its uranium enrichment centrifuges while US and European Union eased some of the unilateral sanctions imposed on Tehran as a first step to make a landmark nuclear deal a reality. Russia signaled it can go even further in upgrading business ties with Tehran in a move that can make her the biggest buyer of Iranian oil.
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