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Two Serb soldiers, who were convicted of massacring civilians and murdering and raping captive women, were sentenced to death March 30 in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, in the first war-crimes trial of the year-old Bosnian war. Borislav Herak, who confessed to killing 30 war prisoners and civilians, including a dozen young Muslim women he first raped, said that he deserved to die and had no wish to appeal. Sretko Damjanovic claims he was beaten into falsely confessing five murders and two rapes. No date w as set for the execution by firing squad. Palestinians sealed off

Israel ordered the closure of the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip and cleared the way for soldiers to shoot with less provocation after Arabs killed two policemen March 30. Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, under pressure to curb surging Arab-Israel violence, also said he would send reinforcements to the territories and step up Army operations. Mass grave reported

Kurds looking for scrap among the ruins of a northern Iraq military complex stumbled on a mass grave last week, two humanitarian organizations have reported. The hundreds of victims were believed to have been soldiers executed as Army deserters, and civilians killed by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein's security forces in their crackdown on Kurds. The discovery in Irbil was the first of its kind in an area not under Iraqi control, according to Middle East Watch and Physicians for Human Rights. Two sentenced in L.A.

Two black men acquitted of killing a white motorcyclist in last spring's riots were sentenced to up to five years, eight months in prison on lesser charges. It was the first murder trial from the three days of rioting that left 54 people dead. The violence erupted last April 29 when four white policemen were acquitted on nearly all state charges in the beating of black motorist Rodney King. Marine force not needed


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