23 January 2014
Protests has gripped Ukraine since the government rejected a far-reaching accord with the EU in favour of stronger ties with Russia in November 2013. They turned violent on 19 January, and deadly on 22 January. At least two people have been shot dead in the capital, Kiev, where confrontation degenerated into rioting after the government brought in tough new legislation to end mass protests on the main square.
Amid the protests, Orthodox priests can be seen trying to prevent clashes between demonstrators and the police.
12 December 2013
22 November 2013
50th anniversary of JFK death: Malaysia's representative at the funeral of President John F Kennedy, 25th November 1963
Barely 2 months after the formation of Malaysia on 16th September 1963, Jack Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States was shot at 12.30pm on 22nd November 1963, and was pronounced dead half an hour later.
The funeral took place 3 days later, attended by 200 foreign dignitaries from 92 foreign nations, the largest gathering of foreign statesmen in the history of the United States, and also the second largest gathering of foreign dignitaries at a state funeral since that of King Edward VII in London in 1910.
Malaysia was represented by Sir George Robert Laking (1912 – 2008), then New Zealand's Ambassador to the USA, as shown by the following copy of an extract from the official State Department Document titled, "Government Leaders Expected to Attend President Kennedy's Funeral 6:00 AM Monday November 25.”