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Secret US-Iran Talks Paved Way for Nuke Deal

Oman helped broker meetings after hikers' release

(Newser) - The landmark nuclear deal with Iran isn't as sudden a breakthrough as it might seem. Before the Geneva talks, a team of American diplomats hand-picked by President Obama held at least five secret meetings with their Iranian counterparts starting in March, the AP finds. The American delegations were led... More »

Argo an 'Inaccurate Impression' of Iran

Captured hiker Sarah Shourd weighs in on Ben Affleck movie

(Newser) - Argo, the new Ben Affleck film loosely based on the true story of six Americans who were rescued from Iran after the Islamic Revolution in 1979, features incredible cinematography and acting—but it offers an "incomplete, and at times inaccurate, impression" of Iran, writes Sarah Shourd for the Daily... More »

US Hikers Get Hitched

Shane Bauer had proposed to Sarah Shourd in Iran prison

(Newser) - It's a love story that stood the test of an Iranian prison: Sarah Shourd and Shane Bauer, best known for taking a wrong turn while hiking, have gotten married in California, reports the BBC . Friend and fellow captive Josh Fattal served as best man, and the couple is said... More »

Hikers: Iran Held Us for Being American

Iran 'always tied our case to its political disputes': Fattal

(Newser) - The two American hikers back home from Iran today said Iran held them because they are American, the AP reports. Joshua Fattal said that while he and fellow hiker Shane Bauer "applaud Iranian authorities for finally making the right decision," they "do not deserve undue credit for... More »

Hikers Back on US Soil

Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal land in New York on long-awaited return home

(Newser) - After a wait of more than two years, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal are back on US soil. The pair, best known as stray hikers imprisoned in Iran, touched down at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York today at 11am EDT on the first leg of their long-awaited... More »

My 'Bizarre' Chat With Ahmadinejad

Iran president: We 'love' Americans

(Newser) - In his only print interview during a visit to the UN, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appeared “complex, even bizarre,” writes Nicholas Kristof in the New York Times . The “firebrand” in public was “subdued and very soft-spoken” in person, offering repeated “olive branches” to his interviewer: "We... More »

Freed Hikers Race Down Plane Stairs to Families

Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer touch down in Oman from Iran

(Newser) - Freed US hikers Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer made brief statements to the media today, but a short CNN video of them touching down in Oman may say everything better. It shows Fattal and Bauer racing down the plane stairs into the arms of waiting family members amid shouts of... More »

Hikers Leave Iran for Good

Destination: Oman, where they will be met by their families

(Newser) - Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer are officially no longer on Iranian soil. The American hikers have departed on a flight from Tehran to Oman, a Swiss diplomat tells CNN . Their destination is the Omani capital of Muscat, where they will be met by their families, along with fellow hiker/Bauer'... More »

Iran Releases US Hikers: Report

State TV confirms release of Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal

(Newser) - After being jailed for more than two years, American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal walked out of Evin prison free men this morning, confirms Iranian state television . Their lawyer had said earlier that they would be released within hours, after a vacationing judge returned and the second signature needed... More »

Hikers' Path to Freedom Hits Snag

Vacationing judge means they'll wait until at least Tuesday

(Newser) - After more than two years in an Iranian prison, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer's imminent bid for freedom has been put on hold—by, of all things, a vacationing judge, reports the AP. Attorney Masoud Shafiei says the $1 million bail deal that would free the American hikers is... More »

Iran: Not So Fast on Hiker Release

Judiciary contradicts Ahmadinejad

(Newser) - Hold the ticker tape, because Shane Bauer and Joshua Fattal might not be coming home after all. Iran's judiciary posted a statement on its website today denying Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's assertion that the Americans were about to be released, though it said that "the request of the lawyer... More »

Ahmadinejad Plans to Pardon, Release Hikers

Iran president hopes they can return home 'in a couple days'

(Newser) - More than two years after they were jailed on charges of spying, American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal may finally be headed home. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad tells the Washington Post he will grant a “unilateral pardon” to the two men, and that he is working to arrange... More »

US Hikers' Lawyer: We'll Appeal

Hillary Clinton calls for their immediate release

(Newser) - Iran is attracting some attention after it sentenced American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal to eight years in prison yesterday. The duo's lawyer is vowing an appeal, saying, "I will use entire legal capacity to defend them." He has 20 days to do so, and the... More »

Iran Gives Hikers 8 Years

Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal convicted of espionage, illegal entry

(Newser) - Iran's state TV is reporting that two American men already held for two years in Tehran have been sentenced to 8 years in jail each on charges of espionage and illegal entry. Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal have been held since July 2009 after being taken into custody on... More »

Hikers Not Released; Verdict Within a Week

Lawyer still hopeful Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal will be set free

(Newser) - American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were arrested in Iran exactly two years ago, but despite hopes for an immediate release after a hearing today , their lawyer now says a verdict will be announced within a week. Today's was the final court hearing in the case, with the... More »

Iran May Release Hikers: Lawyer

Says Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal may be freed tomorrow

(Newser) - The lawyer for two Americans jailed in Iran on charges of espionage says his clients could be released after a court hearing slated for tomorrow. Masoud Shafiei said today the fact that the session in the trial of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal would coincide with the second anniversary of... More »

Freed Iran Hiker: Cohorts Are Being Beaten in Jail

Sarah Shourd calls for companions' release

(Newser) - The two American hikers still imprisoned in Iran have been physically abused in Iranian prison, Sarah Shourd alleged in a BBC interview this week. She described one incident in which a guard threw Josh Fattal down a flight of stairs after he took some extra food, and another in which... More »

Lay Off the Iran Hikers

Backlash against Shourd and company is perplexing: Meghan Daum

(Newser) - You would think Americans would be lining up in support of the three American hikers arrested in Iran. But as Sarah Shourd began promoting a hunger strike to advocate for her companions’ freedom, Meghan Daum of the LA Times noticed a distinct and perplexing wave of “hiker hate” online,... More »

Iran Hikers' Moms Start a Hunger Strike

Cindy Hickey and Laura Fattal mark anniversary of seeing sons

(Newser) - Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, the hikers imprisoned in Iran since 2009, have not seen their mothers since a hasty visit exactly one year ago today . To mark that anniversary, mothers Cindy Hickey and Laura Fattal today announced that they will start a hunger strike. They fear their sons have... More »

US Hiker Suffering PTSD, Depression

Sarah Shourd won't return to Iran for trial

(Newser) - The hiker Iran released last fall says she won't be returning to stand trial for espionage with her two companions. Sarah Shourd is due in court May 11, along with her fiance Shane Bauer and friend Josh Fattal, who have both been in a Tehran prison for 21 months.... More »

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