Tue, May 21 2013
The European Union and the United States have both said they believe the trial is politically motivated.
Some think her conviction and sentence to prison for up to 10 years is a foregone conclusion.
Ukraine says it will guarantee the transit of Russian natural gas to Europe regardless of the outcome of a Ukrainian dispute with Russia about the price of the gas deliveries.
Two women from the group FEMEN climbed on top of a prison van Tuesday outside the court in Kyiv, stripped to the waist, and denounced Ukraine's police and politicians, saying they were the ones who belong in custody.
It may sound like the battle of the bands, but loudspeakers in Kyiv are duelling over democracy. A report from the tent camps outside the trial of Yulia Tymoshenko, the opposition politician known the world over for her trademark peasant braid.
Analysts warn of implications of trial of former prime minister for Ukraine’s relations with the West.
A judge in Ukraine rejected on August 8 a request by former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko's lawyer to free her from police detention during her trial on abuse of authority while in office.
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
Yanukovych narrowly defeated Tymoshenko in presidential elections last year.
Government says former PM is under investigation for corruption, abuse of office - charges she denies, pointing to political repression.
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.