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  • Feminist punk group Pussy Riot members, from left, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sit in a glass cage at a court room in Moscow, Russia on Friday, Aug 17, 2012.

    A Moscow judge sentenced three members of the provocative punk band Pussy Riot to two years in prison each on hooliganism charges on Friday following a trial that has drawn international outrage as an emblem of Russia's intolerance of dissent.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT
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  • In this Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012 file photo feminist punk group Pussy Riot members, from left, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich sit in a glass cage at a court room in Moscow, Russia. Three members of Pussy Riot were jailed in March and charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after their punk performance against President Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral. Theyare awaiting the verdict on Friday, Aug. 17, 2012.

    One of the key ideas behind the Russian punk provocateur band Pussy Riot was the supremacy of an idea over personality — thus the balaclavas that made the members both unrecognizable and fearsome.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 2:12 PM EDT
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  • In this July 27, 2012 file photo, Britain's Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh attends the Opening Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Buckingham Palace said Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012 that the queen's husband, Prince Philip, has been taken to a Scottish hospital as "a precautionary measure."

    Palace officials said he would likely stay in the hospital for a few days for investigation and treatment.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 9:57 AM EDT
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  • Masked female activists demonstrate in support of members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot in front of the Russian Embassy in Berlin, Germany, Thursday Aug. 9, 2012. Prosecutors in Russia on Tuesday called for three-year prison sentences for feminist punk rockers who gave an impromptu performance in Moscow's main cathedral to call for an end to Vladimir Putin's rule, in a case that has caused international outrage and split Russian society.

    Friday's rallies will ride a wave of support for the three women who have been in jail for more than five months because of an anti-Putin prank in Moscow's main cathedral.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 8:13 AM EDT
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  • This is a Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 file photo of a Roma resting on the pavement near the Bastille square in Paris Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012.

    France launched its latest campaign to drive Gypsies from their camps.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 22, 2012, 8:13 AM EDT
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  • Russia called them "undisguised blackmail" and warning that relations between Washington and Moscow will suffer if Russian companies are affected.

    LAST UPDATE : Aug 21, 2012, 6:14 PM EDT
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