**China Jails Three Anti-Corruption Activists **
A court in central China has given jail terms of up to six and a half years to three activists who were part of a group urging government officials to disclose their assets.
The sentences handed down by a court in the central province of Jiangxi were the harshest yet in Beijing's year-long crackdown on the New Citizens Movement.
Liu Ping and Wei Zhongping were sentenced to six and a half years in jail after being found guilty of "disrupting public order" and "using an evil cult to undermine law enforcement." Li Sihua was given three years in jail for "disrupting public order."
That information came from Zhou Ze, a lawyer for the defendants, who said the activists must now decide whether to appeal the sentences.
China has arrested about a dozen members of the New Citizens Movement, a loosely organized group focused on corruption and civil rights.
**Spain's Crown Prince Felipe to Ascend to Throne**
Spain enters a new era Thursday when Crown Prince Felipe will be sworn in as the new king, taking over for his father, Juan Carlos.
Thursday's handover will be simple and low-key. Spanish officials say the royal family is mindful that in a country struggling with a recession and 25% unemployment, an extravagant ceremony would be out of place.
The 76-year-old Juan Carlos formally abdicated the throne Wednesday after nearly 40 years.
Forcing him to give up power are health problems and scandal, including an elephant hunting trip to Africa in 2012 while Spain was at the height of its economic crisis.
Juan Carlos rose to power in 1975 when longtime military dictator Francisco Franco restored the Spanish monarchy just before his death.