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UNITED STATES

Man jailed for 263 years

A former police officer from the state of Oklahoma on Thursday was sentenced to 263 years prison for raping and sexually abusing African-American women while on duty. Daniel Holtzclaw was found guilty last month of rape and oral sodomy in 18 of the 36 counts that he faced. On Thursday the judge in the case issued the sentence following the jury’s recommendation. “It is what it is,” Holtzclaw’s attorney Scott Adams told reporters after the sentencing. “It wasn’t a surprise.” Prosecutors said that Holtzclaw preyed on black women in poor areas of Oklahoma City. The assaults took place between late 2013 and mid-2014. As evidence mounted against him, Holtzclaw was fired from the police department early last year. One of the victims, Demetria Campbell, filed a lawsuit against him in November 2013.

KOSOVO

Politician jailed

An international court on Thursday sentenced a leading Kosovo Serb politician to nine years in prison for war crimes against ethnic Albanian civilians — a ruling that could heighten tensions in the Balkan region and prompted Belgrade to start reconsidering its EU-mediated reconciliation talks with Pristina. Judges of the EU’s justice mission in Kosovo found Oliver Ivanovic guilty of murder and torture of civilians in 1999 during Kosovo’s war for independence from Serbia when Serb paramilitary forces attacked ethnic Albanians amid NATO bombings. The alliance launched an air war to stop a bloody Serbian crackdown against Kosovo Albanian separatists. Judges said Ivanovic was a member of a paramilitary group that chased ethnic Albanians from the Serb-controlled part of the northern town of Mitrovica, separated men from women and children, and tortured and killed at least four of them. “Oliver Ivanovic was aware of the operation of expelling and killing Albanians ... he willingly complied with the plan, knowing that it would result in the killings,” the court ruled.

UNITED STATES

Crocodile found in pool

Monroe County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said an Islamorada homeowner called about 7:30am on Thursday to report the crocodile in his pool. A photo provided by the sheriff’s office showed the large reptile floating languidly in the shallow end of the pool. Herrin said the animal was about 2.4m long. Herrin said deputies and officers from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission safely removed the animal and returned it to its native habitat. The American crocodile is designated as a threatened species.

UNITED STATES

Mariah Carey engaged

Mariah Carey and Australian casino billionaire James Packer are engaged, according to a person familiar with the situation. Packer, who controls casino operator Crown Resorts Ltd, gave the singer a 35-carat diamond ring to seal the romance, E! News reported earlier. The couple, who had been dating less than a year, are yet to set a wedding date, according to E! News. The person familiar with the matter declined to be named, saying the engagement had not been made public. Packer, 48, has a net worth of US$3.7 billion, putting him fourth on Australia’s rich list, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. He is the son of the late media and gaming mogul Kerry Packer. Carey, 45, who has two children, and father-of-three Packer have both been married twice before, E! News said.

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