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■ United States

Pollard case loses appeal

A fomer US naval intelligence analyst who was imprisoned after being convicted of spying for Israel lost an appeal against his life sentence on Friday. Jonathan Pollard was arrested in 1985 on charges that he had sold classified information to Israel. Pollard was arrested outside the gates of the Iraeli embassy in Washington, where he had unsuccessfully sought sanctuary. He was charged with handing classified information to Israel, including information on Soviet-built weapons possessed by its Arab neighbors. His former wife received a five-year sentence for assisting him. Israel initially denied Pollard had been one of its spies but has since apologized to the US.

■ United States

Jackson's property returned

Most items seized from Michael Jackson's Neverland ranch during police searches of the property must be returned to the popstar, a superior court judge ruled. The items to be returned include pornographic magazines, books and computer hard drives, but not photos of the singer's genitalia taken as evidence during a 1993-1994 investigation into whether Jackson molested a 13-year-old boy. Those images must remain locked in a safe deposit box. The photos were not used in the trial, which ended June 13 in Jackson's acquittal on all 10 criminal counts.

■ United States

Inmate bites into finger

A California prison inmate is seeking US$75,000 in damages from a food packager after a human fingertip turned up in a vegetarian meal served to him in his jail cell. The inmate, Felipe Rocha, 29, thought the finger was like a cashew when he was eating the meal, so he tried to chew it before taking it out of his mouth. The food packager said in a letter to the maximum security prison where Rocha is incarcerated on drug charges, that the 2cm-long fingertip accidentally was sliced off one of its workers when he was cleaning a filling machine. They thought all flesh had been flushed from the machine and apologized for the "foreign object" found in one of its frozen entrees.

■ Cuba

Political dissidents arrested

Dissident leader Marta Beatriz Roque and more than a dozen other activists have been arrested in what appears to be a new crackdown on the Cuban opposition by President Fidel Castro's regime, dissidents said. Roque, a 59-year-old economist, is president of the Assembly for the Promotion of Civil Society, which organized a protest in front of the French Embassy on Friday to demand the release of political prisoners from Cuban jails. Many of those detained Friday were leading figures in the group. Roque was arrested along with her driver at about 8:30am, as she was leaving home to go to the protest.

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