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    KIEV - Ukrainian opposition deputies went to parliament on Thursday to attend a possible emergency session over how to end deadly violence between protesters and police in central Kiev, a Reuters witness said.

    Oleh Lyashko, an independent lawmaker, told journalists the parliament was hoping to discuss replacing the current speaker and securing the withdrawal of police units from the centre of Ukraine's capital.

    A months-long stand-off between police and protesters demanding regime change erupted in fresh violence this week with the death toll rising to at least 50.

    (Reporting by Pavel Polityuk; Writing by Alessandra Prentice, Editing by Thomas Grove)
    by Reuters: Mark Kolmar edited by Amy Tennery (Reuters) 2/20/2014 1:23:14 PM
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