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Verdict expected for 2 Americans held by Iran

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verdict expected for 2 americans

The lawyer for two Americans jailed in Iran on charges of espionage said Sunday that the court will announce its verdict within a week, dashing hopes for their immediate release after a final hearing in the case.

Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, both 29, have been held in Iran's Evin Prison since shortly after their arrest along the border with Iraq two years ago. They deny the charges.

The Americans' lawyer, Masoud Shafiei, had hoped that Sunday's final court session would result in their because it coincided with the two-year anniversary of their arrest and came near the start this week of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, when pardons are traditionally handed down.



MIAMI

Low pressure system spotted in Atlantic

The National Hurricane Center said low pressure extending from the lesser Antilles eastward several hundred miles into the Atlantic was producing a large but disorganized area of showers and thunderstorms on Sunday.

It said conditions were expected to remain favorable for a tropical depression or tropical storm to form. The system has a 90 percent of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours.

CHINA

Uighur violence leaves 14 dead

At least 14 people were killed over the weekend in the far-western city of Kashgar in what the Chinese government described as a "terrorist attack" committed by the Uighur minority.

Chinese and Uighur sources presented different versions of events, neither of which could be independently verified.

russia

9 killed as boat hits barge in Moscow

Nine people drowned when a riverboat collided with a barge in the Moscow River early Sunday, three weeks after a major cruise boat disaster on the Volga River that has caused anger and soul-searching over the dilapidated state of Russia's river fleet.

Investigators said the captain of the Moscow riverboat, who died in the accident, had faced civil charges three times for violating operating rules and that his vessel, with 16 passengers aboard, was overloaded, according to a report carried by the Interfax news agency.

Elsewhere

Alaska: The collision of two single-engine float planes in midair near Trapper Creek on Saturday killed four people aboard the plane that crashed and burned, authorities said Sunday. The second plane landed safely despite damage.

Times wires

Verdict expected for 2 Americans held by Iran 08/01/11 [Last modified: Monday, August 1, 2011 12:31am]

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