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EXCLUSIVE: Freed Pussy Riot member gives first interview

October 10th, 2012
05:37 PM ET

(CNN) - Only hours after she was freed from prison Wednesday, Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich vowed to continue the kind of political protest act that led to her imprisonment this summer for "hooliganism" alongside two fellow band members.

The Russian punk band members were sentenced in August for performing a song critical of President Vladimir Putin in one of the Russian Orthodox Church's most important cathedrals in February.

Although Samutsevich walked out of the court building Wednesday with a suspended sentence, the court upheld the two-year sentences for Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina.

But in an exclusive interview with CNN's Christiane Amanpour, Samutsevich said the punk rock band still has work to do in opposing Putin.

"We are not finished, nor are we going to end our political protest," she said. "The situation in the country has deteriorated since our performance and the trial itself is a testimony to that."

Pussy Riot still exists and will carry out more protest performances, she said, adding that rumors of divisions within the group are unfounded.

"We have to act in such a way that they" - meaning Russian authorities - "do not learn about concerts ahead of time ... and arrest us," she said.

She will be "more cautious" in her actions going forward, Samutsevich conceded.  FULL POST

One out of three women will be raped, beaten in her lifetime

October 10th, 2012
01:20 PM ET

“One out of three women on the planet will be raped or beaten in her lifetime,” author and activist Eve Ensler told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour.

Ensler wrote the worldwide sensation, "The Vagina Monologues.”

She is working to raise awareness about atrocities against women – including genital mutilation, rape, domestic abuse and trafficking.

A short film, called One Billion Rising launched a campaign by the same name, which aims to get a billion people all around the globe to stand up against violence committed against women on “V-Day,” which will be February 14th next year.

Part of her campaign is a call to the one billion women and “all the men who love them” to walk out of their jobs on February 14 to raise awareness about a violence against women.

You can visit the movement’s website at onebillionrising.org

CNN’s Juliet Fuisz produced this piece for television.


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What really happened in Libya on September 11th?

October 10th, 2012
10:55 AM ET

By Samuel Burke, CNN

What really happened before and during the assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on September 11th?

The U.S. State Department has now made it clear that it was a terrorist attack, not a reaction to that anti-Islamic video that caused so much protest in the Muslim world.

Four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed in the onslaught on the mission.

Wednesday, the U.S. Congress held a politically charged hearing in the heated environment of the upcoming presidential election.  FULL POST


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