The Russian parliament on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to an amnesty that could pardon jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot, in what appeared to be legislation carefully tailored to send a symbolic message.
President Barack Obama has spared two turkeys from the brine and the oven, fulfilling the annual tradition of a presidential pardon for a couple of lucky birds ahead of Thanksgiving Day.
The Alabama Legislature has voted to pardon the Scottsboro Boys, more than 80 years after the nine young black men were convicted by all-white juries of raping two white women.
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