PRI's The World: 12/18/2013

December 18, 2013

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The World on Wednesday: Schools in Slovakia are going through their own Brown vs Board of Education moment trying to integrate Roma children into mainstream classrooms. Plus, a journey into Burma's thriving hip hop scene. And, the death of Ronnie Biggs, one of the men who pulled Britain's 'great train robbery.'

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Conflict & Justice

Russia plans a Christmas present for Pussy Riot and the Arctic 30 — but is it just packaging?

The Russian Parliament has passed an amnesty law that covers two very high-profile Russian cases. It calls for the release of the two jailed members of the protest punk band Pussy Riot. And the amnesty is expected to end the prosecution of the Arctic 30, the Greenpeace activists arrested as they protested Russian oil drilling in the Arctic.

Sports

It's King versus Putin in 'Battle of the Sexes' 2

Openly gay tennis great Billie Jean King will travel to the Sochi Olympics bearing a message of equality and support for gay rights. King will be a part of the official US delegation to the Olympics, but neither President Barack Obama nor any senior member of the US government are expected to attend.

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