Tue, May 21 2013
Supporters of former Ukrainian prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko protest outside the Pecherskiy District Court in Kyiv, August 8 2011
If found guilty of the charges, Tymoshenko - who rejects the charges as politically-motivated - could be jailed for up to 10 years.
Ambassador Jacques Faure not recalled to Paris, contrary to reports.
Tymoshenko was taken to the courtroom under escort before the start of court hearings.
Ukrainian authorities have banned street protests planned for August 8 2011 when the country's former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko goes back on trial on charges that she abused authority while in office.
The former prime minister, known as the 'Iron Lady,' is accused of abuse of power in connection with a contract she signed with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin after a gas dispute with Russia in early 2009
World leaders acknowledged Putin's victory with reservations, and international observers say the election was skewed in the former president's favour.
Hollande's call for more spending and economic growth has struck a chord with French voters.
Gallup International Association poll gives president Sarkisian’s party 44 per cent, while three main challengers alleged ‘machinations’ by ruling party in what – in contrast to 2008 – reportedly was a largely peaceful election.
The Freedom House report says the media environment in the Middle East and North Africa underwent major improvements in 2011, but remained the worst-performing part of the world.
Dissatisfaction with jobs is a global phenomenon and two-thirds of workers all over the world intend to look for another job in the near future, the survey concluded.