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Muhammad Ali to Iran: Free the Hikers!

Says he's willing to make a trip there to secure their release

(Newser) - Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer have an intriguing ally in their corner: Muhammad Ali. The Greatest quietly sent a letter to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei last month asking him to release the captive American hikers, and now he's going public with it. "Please show the world the compassion I know... More »

Hikers Go on Trial in Iran

Case goes forward without Sarah Shourd present

(Newser) - An Iranian court today began the closed-door trial of the three American hikers it accuses of espionage, reports the AP, in spite of repeated pleas for leniency from the hikers' families and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad alike. Iran last week demanded the return of Sarah Shourd, currently free on bail, but the... More »

Iran Captured Hikers in Iraq

WikiLeaks releases field report from chaotic day of their arrest

(Newser) - Among the many revelations of WikiLeaks' latest file dump: Three American hikers accused of illegally crossing into Iran were actually seized on the Iraqi side of the border. According to the New York Times , WikiLeaks released a classified July 31 field report describing the "chaotic day." It states... More »

Iran: 2 Hikers Will Face Trial

Clinton confirms Nov.6 trial date, still hopes for release

(Newser) - After more than a year in an Iranian prison, American hikers Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal are headed to trial, says Iran's intelligence minister. "The two Americans will be tried," Heidar Moslehi said. "We will hand any evidence we have to the judiciary." Hillary Clinton confirmed... More »

Oman to Seek Hikers' Release

Iran paper: Diplomats may return home with Bauer, Fattal

(Newser) - Oman is sending a delegation to Iran today with the goal of securing the release of the remaining two US hikers still imprisoned. Citing a hardline Iranian newspaper report, the AP says hopes are high that the Omanis might return home with Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal—especially given their... More »

Freed Hiker Recounts Prison Marriage Proposal

Sarah Shourd says 'life will not resume' until friends are free

(Newser) - Sarah Shourd, the American hiker released by Iran, says that life "will not resume" until her fellow detainees are released. Shourd talked at length about her captivity in an AP interview : the monotony of solitary confinement, a brief hunger strike, the good cop/bad cop interrogations, and the brief interludes... More »

Hiker to Ahmadinejad: Let's Talk

Sarah Shourd wants to meet with Iranian president

(Newser) - New York politicians and, er, hotel guests may not be too happy with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ’s visit, but there’s one person who’s happy he’s in town: Sarah Shourd . The hiker, just released after being held in Iran for more than 13 months, gives her first interview... More »

Sarah Shourd Arrives Home

Hiker heads to NYC for presser later today

(Newser) - Some thirteen months after she and two fellow hikers took a wrong turn and landed in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison as pawns in a game of political chess, Sarah Shourd is on US soil again. Shourd, along with mother Nora Shourd, touched down in DC this morning, reports the AP,... More »

Freed US Hiker Thanks Ahmadinejad

Sarah Shourd says she's 'humbled' and 'grateful' upon release

(Newser) - Sarah Shourd, the US hiker freed today by Iran, says she is "humbled by this moment" and singled out Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for gratitude. "I want to really offer my thanks to everyone in the world, all of the governments, all of the people that have been... More »

Iran Releases US Hiker Sarah Shourd

But she's still in prison 'finalizing the details'

(Newser) - Iran has officially released captive American hiker Sarah Shourd, but she's still in prison "finalizing the details," according to her lawyer. "She has to go through the formalities inside the prison," he told the AP . Meanwhile, Iran has extended the detention of her two hiking compatriots,... More »

Iran: We'll Release Hiker on $500K Bail

Maybe this time Tehran really means it

(Newser) - Sarah Shourd, the American best known as a wayward hiker, must be wishing Tehran would let her in on the joke right about now: An Iranian prosecutor is now saying he'll release her on $500,000 bail because of health problems, reports the AP. This after Iran said it would,... More »

Hiker Can't Go Free: Iran

About-face on Ahmadinejad's clemency indicates internal friction

(Newser) - Iranian authorities abruptly halted plans to release an American woman today after more than a year in jail with two friends, dashing their mothers' hopes and pointing to the internal rivalries within Iran's leadership. The about-face was an embarrassment to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who had personally intervened to get Sarah... More »

Iran Will Free Detained Female American Hiker

Her two male companions will remain in custody

(Newser) - Iran has made clear which of the three American hikers it will release this weekend: It's the lone female, Sarah Shourd. The 31-year-old is expected to be freed Saturday to mark the end of Ramadan, reports CNN . Left behind will be her fiance, Shane Bauer, and Josh Fattal, both 27.... More »

Iran to Release 1 Jailed Hiker

Trio has been imprisoned for more than a year

(Newser) - One of the three Americans jailed for more than a year will be released Saturday to mark the end of Islamic holy month of Ramadan, says Iran's Culture Ministry. Reporters were told by text message today to come to the same hotel where the Americans' parents were allowed to meet... More »

Mom: Captive Hiker Has Precancerous Condition

Parents sit down for emotional talk with another ex-captive

(Newser) - Cindy Hickey and Noura Shourd are stuck in a painful waiting game. They don’t know why Iran is still holding their kids, Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd, and they’re getting no help from the US State Department, they tell Newsweek journalist, and former Iranian captive, Maziar Bahiri in... More »

Iranian Scientist: US Wanted to Trade Me for Hikers

Shahram Amiri spills the details in a televised interview

(Newser) - The Iranian scientist who claims to have been kidnapped by the CIA says American agents pressured him to confess to being a spy as part of a master plan to free three hikers who have been held by Iran for a year. Except that Shahram Amiri, who returned home to... More »

Moms: 2 Hikers Held in Iran Engaged

Shane Bauer proposed with a ring made from his shirt

(Newser) - Wedding bells will ring for two of the three American hikers held in Iran, report the couple's moms—just as soon as Iran sets them free. Shane Bauer fashioned a ring from pieces of his shirt and proposed to Sarah Shourd in the Iranian prison where they've been held since... More »

Moms Finally Visit Hikers Jailed in Iran

Trio allowed to see family for first time since arrest

(Newser) - Three American hikers held by Iran since July had an emotional reunion with their mothers in Tehran today. In footage aired on Iranian state TV, Sarah Shourd, Shane Bauer, and Josh Fattal embraced their mothers, who were clad in headscarves and long black robes, the AP reports. Iran had only... More »

Mothers of 3 Imprisoned Hikers Head to Iran

Naturally, they're hoping to be able to bring them home

(Newser) - The mothers of three American hikers imprisoned in Iran for 10 months are desperately hoping they won't have to return from Tehran without their children. The women have been granted visas and are departing for the United Arab Emirates from New York this morning to visit their children, who have... More »

Iran OKs Visit by Moms of Detained US Hikers

But Tehran has made promises in the past

(Newser) - Iran will allow the mothers of the three American hikers who have been in custody for nearly a year to visit their children. Tehran has ordered its UN mission to issue visas for the three moms, the AP reports, but no date has been has been set. Iran has told... More »

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