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Ukraine's Klitschko pulls out of presidential race

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko pulled out of the race for president on Saturday, throwing his weight instead behind billionaire confectionary oligarch Petro Poroshenko. Klitschko's withdrawal, and an announcement by Poroshenko late on Friday that he would stand in the May 25 election, sets up a battle between the man known as the 'Chocolate King' and Ukraine's fiery former prime minister, Yulia Tymoshenko.

Ukraine president wants fresh talks, Klitschko tells paper

BERLIN (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich wants fresh talks with the opposition on Wednesday, boxer-turned-politician Vitaly Klitschko told a German newspaper, adding that he was willing to attend - if police stopped their actions against protesters. "The president wants another meeting with the opposition today and we are willing," Klitschko was quoted as saying on the website of Bild newspaper, where he is a regular columnist.

Ukraine opposition MPs spend night in parliament

About 20 opposition lawmakers have spent the night in the Ukrainian parliament chamber after blockading it in a voting dispute. Deputies from the opposition Udar (Punch) party, led by world heavyweight boxing champion Vitaly Klitschko, spent the night from Tuesday to Wednesday in the parliament chamber. The dispute in Ukraine's one-chamber parliament, known as the Verkhovna Rada, centres on opposition demands for each deputy to vote individually.
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