Екатерина Арефьева

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Thousands rally in Moscow for slain Putin critic Boris Nemtsov

<b>Moscow (CNN) —</b> This was supposed to be a rally led by Boris Nemtsov, had he lived two more days to see it.<p>But after the Russian opposition figure was gunned down Friday night, Sunday's rally in Moscow took on a different theme. Instead of gathering to criticize Russia's policies on Ukraine, …

Russia

Freed Pussy Riot members say they still want to remove Vladimir Putin

For two women who have spent almost two years in a notorious prison system, Russia's Pussy Riot activists appeared unabashed and defiant on Friday, as they vowed to persist with their attempts to oust Vladimir Putin and replace him with a more tolerant, open type of leadership.<p>Speaking publicly for …

Utah will ask Supreme Court to stop gay marriage during appeal

Same-sex marriage, twice on the Supreme Court's agenda this year, will get another federal look as Utah asks the justices to halt gay marriages in the state until it can exhaust its legal appeals.<p>Utah's Attorney General said it would ask the U.S. Supreme Court to block a Dec. 20 ruling from a …

Devyani Khobragade row: India targets US nationals

<b>India is checking the tax status of Americans working at schools in the country, after the arrest this month of an Indian diplomat in New York.</b><p>Devyani Khobragade was handcuffed and strip-searched while in custody.<p>Her detention on charges of visa fraud and underpayment of her housekeeper sparked …

India

Bill de Blasio to embark on battle against inequality as New York mayor

Democrat who takes office on New Year's Day has become a new national voice for liberal causes<p>Bill de Blasio, New York’s incoming mayor, is a towering figure not just because he stands at 6ft 5in but also for his unbashedly liberal politics at a time when the battle between the Centre and the Right …

China: More than 500 resign over election fraud

<b>More than 500 municipal lawmakers in one Chinese province have stood down following an electoral fraud scandal, according to state media.</b><p>The 512 officials resigned after accepting bribes from 56 members of the provincial assembly to elect them to their posts, Xinhua news agency said.<p>The 56 …

China

How Hollywood cloaked South Sudan in celebrity and fell for the 'big lie'

Film stars have been speaking from a flawed script about the newest nation. Daniel Howden points a finger at those who have failed to grasp the awful reality<p>When violence erupted two weeks ago in the world's youngest country, one of the first voices to speak out, before the US president or the head …

Centuries Before China's 'Great Wall,' There Was Another

<b>Listen · 4:30</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>The Great Wall of China, built more than 2,000 years ago, stands as one of the monumental feats of ancient engineering. Stretching thousands of miles, it protected the newly unified country from foreign invaders.<p>But before the Great Wall, warring …

Vladimir Putin pardons oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky in Amnesty

Jailed oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky to be pardoned, according to announcement following Vladimir Putin's marathon press conference<p><b>Vladimir Putin's annual press conference as it happened</b><p>Putin has said he will pardon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former oligarch who has languished in jail on tax …