1. Ukraine

    Former P.M. to End Hunger Strike

    Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko during a trial hearing at the Pecherskiy District Court in Kiev, Monday, July 11, 2011. The Ukrainian security service says it has opened a criminal investigation into the activities of an energy company once headed by former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. Tymoshenko, the country's top opposition leader, is already on trial on charges she abused her office in signing a natural gas import deal with Russia in 2009. Tymoshenko denies the accusations and says the trial is an attempt by President Viktor Yanukovych to bar her from politics.(AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)

    Sergei Chuzavkov / AP Photo

    Yulia Tymoshenko, the prime minister of Ukraine in 2005 and from 2007 to 2010, will end her 19-day hunger strike. Tymoshenko began the protest after alleging that guards in the prison where she is being held beat her when they transferred her to a hospital to deal with her back pain. After losing about 22 pounds, she will now be treated by a German doctor. The Ukraine, which had to postpone a European summit after other countries boycotted it, caved under international pressure. Tymoshenko, a main rival of current president Viktor Yanukovych, was sentenced to seven years in jail in October for being accused of abusing her power while prime minister, a conviction that the U.S. and other Western nations said was politically motivated.

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