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Pussy Riot video banned in Russia

The video of punk band Pussy Riot’s performance in Russia’s main cathedral is extremist and must be removed from the web, a Moscow court ruled Thursday.

Moscow’s Zamoskvoretsky court banned the video of the group’s February performance, ordering it and three other videos to be removed from all websites. Prosecutors began looking into the Pussy Riot videos after a nationalist lawmaker suggested that they insulted believers.

The performance was protesting Vladimir Putin’s return to the presidency in March’s election and the outspoken support for his bid by the patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Pussy Riot’s videos were banned under Russia’s vaguely defined “extremism” law, which is supposed to restrict neo-Nazi and terrorist groups. Critics accuse the Kremlin of exploiting the law to stifle opposition and free speech. READ FULL STORY

More protests stalk Lady Gaga tour in Asia

Scores of Christian youths in the Philippines chanted “Stop the Lady Gaga concerts” at a rally Friday calling for the pop diva’s shows here to be canceled despite assurances from authorities that they won’t allow nudity and lewd acts.

Sold-out crowds and angry protests followed Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” Asian tour. Fans younger than 18 were banned from the Seoul concerts over complaints her lyrics and costumes were too sexually provocative, and she was denied a concert permit in Indonesia by police under pressure from Islamic hard-liners.

About 70 members of a group called Biblemode Youth Philippines rallied in front of the Pasay City Hall in metropolitan Manila. They said they were offended by Lady Gaga’s music and videos, in particular her song “Judas,” which they say mocks Jesus Christ. READ FULL STORY

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