Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk speaks in the parliament in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday, July 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Andrew Kravchenko, Pool)
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Ukraine's parliament rejected Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk's resignation Thursday and finally passed legislation he said was needed to finance an army offensive against a separatist rebellion raging in the east and avert a national default on its debts.In sharp contrast to the stormy parliamentary session last week at which the prime minister bellowed at legislators and accused them of betraying Ukraine's army and people by blocking reforms, deputies stood and applauded him after backing the amendments.Yatsenyuk had said the government might default on debt payments and miss out on the release of further funds under a $17-billion International Monetary Fund bailout if it failed to pass the legislation.
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