February 21 2014
The Ukrainian President announced on his website that he has initiated fulfillment of three key opposition demands: new presidential elections, a return to the old constitution and the formation of a national unity government. A statement on the presidents website states the government and the opposition will sign the agreement at noon today, but foreign ministers from France and Germany who were involved in overnight negotiations said that nothing definitive was agreed upon.
The state bill to help the Couture replace the Downtown Transit Center on Milwaukee's lakefront cleared the Wisconsin Assembly today and now awaits a vote by the full Senate. The group Preserve Our Parks argues the transit center property near the Lake Michigan shoreline was formerly part of the lake and is protected by state law preserving such land for public use.
General Motors has been accused of dragging its feet for a decade on recalling popular compact cars with a defect that was involved in the deaths of at least six people. A Georgia attorney claims the cars' ignition switch could easily be bumped or shaken out of the "on" position, leading to engine shut off and loss of steering and braking assistance. GM acknowledged at the deaths resulting from the problem.
China is urging President Obama to call off a meeting at the White House with Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama that's scheduled to take place today. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman said the meeting will severely impair China-U.S. relations. The Dalai Lama, who fled to India in 1959 after a failed uprising, has long denied China's assertion that he's seeking Tibetan independence. He says he wants only enough autonomy to protect its traditional Buddhist culture.