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By Gabriela Baczynska KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's president faced calls to resign on Wednesday over a $15-billion bailout from Russia which the opposition and protesters said had sold the country out to its former Soviet masters in Moscow. Tens of thousands of protesters gathered in Kiev on Tuesday after President Viktor Yanukovich secured financial assistance and a gas price discount at talks with President Vladimir Putin, and several hundred spent the night in the freezing cold. Russia said it will buy Ukrainian bonds under a deal which keeps Kiev firmly in Moscow's orbit and out of the European Union's grasp but sowed doubts in some Ukrainians' minds about what Yanukovich might have agreed to in secret.
South Sudan's wanted opposition leader Riek Machar on Wednesday denied government accusations he tried to stage a coup, saying the president was using the claim as an excuse to purge political rivals. "What took place in Juba was a misunderstanding between presidential guards within their division, it was not a coup attempt," Machar told the Paris-based Sudan Tribune news website, in his first public comments since fighting broke out on Sunday. Troops loyal to President Salva Kiir have been fighting rival followers of Machar, his former vice president. "I have no connection with or knowledge of any coup attempt," Machar said, speaking from an undisclosed location to the website's London-based reporter.