What we’re watching Sunday
Demonstrators clash with riot police in Kiev
Hundreds of protesters clashed with riot police Sunday in Kiev, following an intense rally against anti-protest legislation passed last week.
— Jim Roberts (@nycjim) January 19, 2014
Demonstrators threw flares at riot police, attacked them with sticks and set off fire extinguishers and stun grenades, the Associated Press reports.
The violent clashes began near Kiev’s Independence Square after thousands rallied against the law, which was approved by President Viktor Yanukovych.
The new law will limit civic activism, free speech and citizen rights to protest. It also prohibits protestors from wearing masks at rallies.
Putin makes new remarks on homosexuality
During an interview aired on Sunday, Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to assure gay athletes and fans who will be attending the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in February.
Yet in the same interview, Putin also defended an anti-gay law passed in Russia last year, at one point equating gays with pedophiles.
Taliban bombing kills 20 at Pakistan military base
The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing attack on an army compound in the Pakistani town of Bannu that killed at least 20 troops on Sunday.
After the attack, Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif cancelled his upcoming trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.