EGYPT

Dismay follows activists' jail terms

An Egyptian court Sunday sentenced three prominent activists to three-year prison terms and heavy fines, in what was seen as the latest worrying sign of the military- backed government's push to suppress political dissent.

The three - Ahmed Maher, Mohammed Adel, and Ahmed Douma - are best known for leading roles in the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. They were arrested for demonstrating in late November against a new law that in essence criminalizes street protests, and their sentences, the maximum allowed, were the first ones levied under it. - L.A. Times
CHINA

iPhone-Beijing deal

Apple has reached a deal to bring the iPhone to China Mobile, the world's biggest carrier. Demand for iPhones in China slumped as lower-priced rivals joined the market. State-owned China Mobile has more than 750 million mobile accounts. - AP

BANGLADESH

Factory-fire charges

Police charged the owners of a Bangladeshi garment factory and 11 employees with culpable homicide Sunday for alleged negligence leading to the death of 112 workers in a raging fire that engulfed the factory last year. It was the first such legal action, and the 13 could face life in prison if convicted. - AP