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Must Reads: Russian justice and Syrian scars

March 25, 2012 | 12:00 am

Demonstrators at an anti-Putin rally in Moscow.
From the elusive quest for justice in Russia to a taco-stand extortionist, here are the five stories you shouldn't miss from this week in global news:

South Sudan's dreams slipping away already

In Mexico, extortion is a booming offshoot of drug war

U.S.-Afghan divide seen in perceptions of village massacre

In Russia, some seek justice in European Court of Human Rights

Shattered residents regroup after Syrian offensive in Idlib

-- Emily Alpert in Los Angeles

Photo: Demonstrators hold the red flags of Communists and leftists as they take part in an anti-Putin rally in Moscow on March 10, 2012. The poster featuring jailed Yukos oil company CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky reads "Free Khodorkovsky!" Credit: Yuri Kadobnov / AFP/Getty Images