U.S. journalist sentenced
to prison, reports say
A semi-official Iranian news agency is reporting that jailed Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian has been sentenced to an unspecified prison term following his conviction on charges that include espionage.
The Sunday report by the Tasnim agency quoted Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi, the spokesman for Iran's judiciary, as announcing the punishment. He gave no further details. Rezaian's lawyer, Leila Ahsan, told the Associated Press she had not been informed of the verdict.
Rezaian was detained with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, and two photojournalists on July 22, 2014. All were later released except Rezaian, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen who was convicted last month of spying.
"We're aware of the reports in the Iranian media but have no further information at this time," said Douglas Jehl, the Post's foreign editor. "Every day that Jason is in prison is an injustice. He has done nothing wrong.
State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters that the government is aware of the sentence and called for Rezaian's release. - AP
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Blasts bring blackout
Power lines serving the two million residents of the Crimea peninsula were damaged after explosions, cutting electricity for the region annexed by Russia last year. It may take as long as four days to restore electricity, Yuri Kasich, of Ukrainian state firm Ukrenergo, said Sunday. Crimea declared a state of emergency after it lost power supply from Ukraine at 12:19 a.m. Sunday. Repairs were being hindered by protests at the site. - AP