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DOHA — A court Thursday meted out a life sentence to a poet accused of defaming the Gulf emirate’s crown prince and supporting anti-government uprisings in the region, his lawyer said.

“A Qatari court sentenced to life in prison Mohammed al-Ajami, alias Ibn al-Dhib, charged on three counts: incitement against the regime, defamation of the crown prince, Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, and attacking the constitution,” lawyer Nejib Naimi said.

He said he will appeal the verdict, which was reached “after six hearings, most of them in secret.”


Police crack down on crime in notorious slum

SAO PAULO | More than 100 people have been arrested during a month-long crime crackdown focused on the notorious slum of Paraisopolis in Brazil’s most populous city Sao Paulo, police said Thursday.

Sao Paulo state Gov. Geraldo Alckmin and his new security chiefs Thursday toured the slum, where more than 500 state military police were deployed in an attempt to end robberies, drug trafficking and weapons sales.

The high-profile operation was launched in response to a wave of violence linked to an undeclared war between the state’s military police force and a powerful prison gang known as the First Command of the Capital.

• From wire dispatches and staff reports