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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.

Global Scan

'We'll be home for Christmas' may be a reality for Pussy Riot and the Arctic 30

Russia's President Vladimir Putin seems to have once again pulled off a PR "master stroke" by having a routine amnesty law expanded to free two groups at the center of global human rights protests, just before the Sochi Olympics. The world's youngest nation, South Sudan, is suffering from renewed ethic violence. And the illegal practice of shark finning —stripping sharks of their fins — proves hard to end in Costa Rica. All that and more, in today's Global Scan.

Conflict & Justice

Russia grants bail to most of the Greenpeace activists charged with hooliganism

A Brazilian Greenpeace activist walked out of a courtroom in Saint Petersburg, Russia on Wednesday, free until her trial on charges of hooliganism. She was holding a sign that said "Save the Arctic." Most of the 29 others picked up in the Arctic while protesting offshore drilling there, have been granted bail and should be released this weekend.

Global Scan

Now who's throwing a fit about NSA eavesdropping? Add Germany to the list

Suspicions abound in this edition of the daily Global Scan. Newly-leaked documents show the NSA has spied on leaders and citizens of America's friends and foes alike. The Roma fall under suspicion of child trafficking, while they fear losing their legitimate children. And an Australian leader is suspicious over claims that fires raging in his country are an early sign of climate change. Those are some of the stories we're tracking in today's Global Scan.

Conflict & Justice

Russia grants bail to most of the Greenpeace activists charged with hooliganism

A Brazilian Greenpeace activist walked out of a courtroom in Saint Petersburg, Russia on Wednesday, free until her trial on charges of hooliganism. She was holding a sign that said "Save the Arctic." Most of the 29 others picked up in the Arctic while protesting offshore drilling there, have been granted bail and should be released this weekend.