Russian police raided the homes of Muscovites protesting the construction of a Russian Orthodox Church in the city's Torfyanka Park. Police arrested and questioned many opponents in the night after they blocked builders' access to the site.
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President Vladimir Putin has called for compromise after an outcry over plans to build a cathedral in a park in Russia's fourth-largest city. Locals have protested, saying the building would take away rare green space.
The "Save Mollem" campaign says infrastructure projects are threatening an ecologically rich national park in India's western state of Goa. New Delhi has made some concessions, but activists say industry is prioritized.
Celebrities, teachers and even priests have called for Russian actor Pavel Ustinov to be freed. Many of them have sided with the recent anti-government protests in Moscow and are calling for an independent judiciary.
Alexander Lukashenko is seeing his dominance challenged in an election campaign that has held several surprises. Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya's campaign has given the opposition in Belarus a female profile.
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