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MOSCOW (AP) — Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev hinted Friday that members of the punk band Pussy Riot, former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky and others widely referred to as political prisoners will not be freed in Russia's upcoming amnesty.
The world on Friday grappled with the loss of South Africa's beloved Nelson Mandela, a towering figure of the 20th century who inspired millions across the globe with his struggle for equality. Mandela's Rainbow Nation awoke to a future without its 95-year-old founding father after the country's first black president died late on Thursday at his Johannesburg home, surrounded by friends and family. As his compatriots paid lively tributes to the revered anti-apartheid hero with flowers, songs and dance, countries around the world united in an outpouring of emotion, pondering his legacy and remembering key moments in the Nobel Peace laureate's astonishing life. He shared the Nobel Peace Prize with South Africa's last white president F.W. de Klerk in 1993.