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Russian Amnesty Likely To Free Greenpeace Activists, Pussy Riot Members

Russia's parliament has passed a measure that could grant amnesty to thousands of people in prison or under investigation in the justice system. The amnesty could mean freedom for some people arrested during anti-government protests, such as members of the punk band Pussy Riot and the crew of the Greenpeace vessel Arctic Sunrise, but critics say it's really notable for the prisoners who would not be freed. They also say it's another example of how justice in Russia is subverted to the will of one man, rather than independent institutions.
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Dennis Rodman In North Korea 'To Open Doors For America'

The visit is the ex-NBA star's third to the country this year. He says he'll visit strongman Kim Jong Un, a man he's described as his "friend for life."
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Dozens Hurt In Ceiling Collapse At London's Apollo Theatre

Authorities say nearly 90 are injured, several of them seriously, after the collapse in the city's West End.
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Geeky Gamers Feast Upon Settlers Of Catan Cookbook

Deconstructed salads and nachos go in hexagonal bowls that mimic the layout of the German board game with a cult following. Cookbook author Chris-Rachel Oseland says that the recipes are perfect for die-hard players with dietary restrictions.
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Jurors Hear Kate Middleton's Voicemails; Some From William

At the London trial of editors for the now-defunct News of the World, prosecutors played recordings of messages left by Prince William for his then-girlfriend. Editors from the tabloid are on trial for their alleged roles in the hacking scandal.
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Virginia Family Helps Adopted Daughter Explore Her Roots

Ten years after adopting a baby girl from China, Christine Romboletti is taking her daughter back, to learn more about her roots.

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Hold The Cheese: Israelis Sway Domino's To Make Vegan Pizza

In America, pizza chains try to outdo each other by layering ever-more cheese on pies. But in Israel, vegans have convinced one pizza giant to take it all off. Bowing to a campaign from a group that promotes the vegan lifestyle in Israel, Domino's has added cheese-less pizzas to its menu there.
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Rusty Radiator Awards Spoof 'Save Africa' Charities

Last Christmas, the spoof charity Radi-Aid released a music video to challenge perceptions of "saving Africa." This year, they're calling out charity ads they see as harmful, and celebrating helpful ads. Host Michel Martin learns more from blogger Teddy Ruge, a member of the Rusty Radiator awards committee.
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Neighboring Crises In South Sudan, Central African Republic

Hundreds of people, perhaps thousands, have been killed in those nations in recent days in clashes between groups. Samantha Power, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., is in the Central African Republic to try to convince the sides to put down their guns.
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Immigrants Are Sending More Money Back To Less Poor Countries

The steadily growing amount of money that immigrants send home is increasingly going to nations such as India and Mexico, where annual per capita income falls between $1,000 and $12,000.

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