1. RUSSIA

    Protests at ‘Pussy Riot’ Trial

    Pussy Riot members, from left, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alekhina sit in a glass cage at a court room  in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012. Russia's President Vladimir Putin on Thursday criticized the feminist punk rockers facing trial for performing a "punk prayer" against him at Moscow's main cathedral, but said that a punishment for them shouldn't be too severe.(AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

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    In Russia, the public trial of punk trio ‘Pussy Riot’ has become a cause célèbre, and critics of Putin's illiberal regime are growing bolder. Three demonstrators were detained Saturday for climbing up the balcony of a Moscow courtroom where the band members stood accused of "hooliganism." The protests lit flares while crying out "Freedom for Pussy Riot!" If convicted, the band could face seven years in jail. The trio mounted an anti-Putin "punk prayer" protest in a Moscow cathedral earlier this year. 

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