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Russian President Vladimir Putin is asking a court to show leniency for three members of the punk rock band Pussy Riot, who are on trial in Moscow on hooliganism charges.

The Pussy Riot members went on trial Monday, charged after performing a song criticizing Putin in one of Moscow's grandest cathedrals, Russia's state news agency reported. The charge carries a potential seven-year sentence.

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"Mother Mary please drive Putin away," the women screamed, their faces covered in neon masks, inside Christ Savior Cathedral in February.

Roger Federer recorded the 234th grand slam win of his career Wednesday to break Jimmy Connors' record for most victories in major championships.

But the 16-time grand slam winner was made to work hard in his eventual 6-3 6-2 6-7 6-3 defeat of Romania's Adrian Ungur, as he inched closer to a final four showdown with world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

The Swiss is playing in his 50th grand slam tournament and despite a wobble during a third set tiebreak, he did enough to set up a third round clash with either Slovakia's Martin Klizan or Nicolas Mahut…

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