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One of the members of the Russian punk group, Pussy Riot, has been freed from jail as part of an amnesty granted by President Vladimir Putin. Maria Alyokhina was serving a two year sentence for staging a protest in a Moscow cathedral. Her fellow band member, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is also expected to be freed.
The United Nations humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan says there’s an atmosphere of fear and desperation among civilians as ethnic violence escalates. Fighting erupted a week ago between soldiers loyal to President SalvaKiir and those supporting his former deputy RiekMachar.
In Thailand anti-government protesters have surrounded a stadium where registration of candidates for the general election scheduled for February was due to take place. The protesters are opposed to the election. They argue that Thailand’s political system must be reformed first.