Thousands of scrapped taxis are pictured at a yard in the center of China's Chongqing city on March 4. Traffic congestion and pollution have worsened dramatically in Chinese cities as the country's long-running economic expansion has allowed increasing numbers of consumers to make big-ticket purchases such as cars. China may surpass the US this year to become the largest car market in the world. AFP/Newscom
The Ukrainian president's choice to opt out of a deal with the EU caught European leaders off guard, drew pro-EU Ukrainians to the streets, and increased financial pressures on the indebted country. In a snub to the president, Germany's foreign minister met with pro-EU Ukrainians Wednesday.
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December 4, 2013
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Germany's foreign minister met Ukrainian opposition leaders at their protest camp in Kiev on Wednesday, in a snub to President Viktor Yanukovich, who triggered mass street demonstrations by spurning a pact with the EU and seeking closer ties with Moscow.