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Iran sentences reporter Zeidabadi

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Journalist sentenced after he loses appeal

An Iranian journalist who was convicted of spreading propaganda against the ruling Islamic establishment lost an appeal on Sunday, and was sentenced to six years in prison and five years of internal exile in a remote desert town.

The court also confirmed a lifelong ban on political activity for the prominent reporter, Ahmad Zeidabadi, a former student activist.

Zeidabadi was among more than 100 political figures and activists tried together after Iran's disputed presidential election, which the opposition says was rigged to give Mahmoud Ahmadinejad another term in office.

-- Associated Press

SERBIA

Police arrest war crimes suspect

Serbian police have arrested a war crimes suspect wanted for the killings of at least 19 civilians in eastern Bosnia and other atrocities of the 1992-95 war in the former Yugoslav state.

The war crimes prosecutor's office says Darko Jankovic was apprehended on Sunday.

A spokesman for the office, Bruno Vekaric, said Jankovic is "potentially linked to horrendous crimes," including the killings of Muslim civilians near the Bosnian town of Zvornik in 1992. He gave no other details.


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