The heritage of protest and provocation on which Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was drawing was confirmed as soon as I saw her picture.
The Vatican's official daily newspaper has appealed to the makers of the Barbie doll to put a bald version of the doll on toy shop shelves for children who have lost their hair through chemotherapy or illness.
Judge Marina Syrova's tone remained soft and monotonous throughout the three hours it took her to read the state's case against the three Pussy Riot members. But her message was steely and unyielding. "What they did was offensive to believers," Syrova said. "It was a crude violation of the social order."
Police have been accused of a massacre after opening fire on mine workers in one of the deadliest days of protest in South Africa since the end of apartheid.
Leading Australian politicians and former defence chiefs are demanding an independent investigation, along the lines of the Chilcot inquiry in Britain, into their country's role in the invasion of Iraq.
The US election campaign has descended into a particularly bitter phase, with Mitt Romney accusing Barack Obama of a willingness to "do anything" to stay in power and renewed controversy over a series of negative campaign ads from the president's camp.
Three activists protesting in support of jailed feminist punk band Pussy Riot were detained on Wednesday as tensions in the Russian capital heat up ahead of a verdict in a trial that is being seen as a key test of Vladimir Putin's crackdown on dissent.