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FILE - In this March 7, 2019, file photo, Christine Levinson, wife of Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent who vanished in Iran in 2007, left, gets a hug from Babak Namazi, right, the son of Baquer Namazi who has been held in Iran, following their testimony before a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington. The killing of a top Iranian general has ratcheted up the anxiety of families of Americans held in Iran.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Death of Iran general spurs anxiety over fate of US hostages

Jan. 7, 2020 9:48 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The killing of a top Iranian general has ratcheted up the anxiety of families of Americans held in Iran, one month after the release of a New Jersey student had given them hope. The Trump administration has made a priority of bringing home hostages held abroad, but the prospect of a...

This photo provided by U.S. Embassy Switzerland,  Edward McMullen greets Xiyue Wang in Zurich, Switzerland on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019.  In a trade conducted in Zurich, Iranian officials handed over Chinese-American graduate student Xiyue Wang, detained in Tehran since 2016, for scientist Massoud Soleimani, who had faced a federal trial in Georgia.  (U.S. Embassy Switzerland via AP)

Researcher freed from Iran urges release of other prisoners

Dec. 16, 2019 2:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Princeton University scholar who was freed from Iran this month after three years in captivity said Monday that his release “is a victory of humanity and diplomacy across nations and political differences." Xiyue Wang and his wife, Hua Qu, said in a statement to The Associated...

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during a media availability at the State Department, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

US hits Iran with new sanctions, hopes for prisoner dialogue

Dec. 11, 2019 7:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday hit Iran with new sanctions that target several transportation firms as it continues its “maximum pressure campaign" against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The sanctions target Iran's state shipping line...

In this photo released on twitter account of Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif , Zarif, left, shakes hand with Iranian scientist Massoud Soleimani prior to leaving Zurich, Switzerland for Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Iran and the U.S. conducted a prisoner exchange Saturday that saw a detained Princeton scholar released for an Iranian scientist held by America, marking a rare diplomatic breakthrough between Tehran and Washington after months of tensions. (Javad Zarif twitter account via AP)

Ready for prisoner swaps, Iran says US holding 20 Iranians

Dec. 10, 2019 3:11 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said American authorities are holding about 20 Iranian nationals in jail, its official news agency reported Tuesday, a day after Tehran said it was ready for more prisoner swaps with the U.S. A prisoner exchange over the weekend saw Iran free a Chinese-American scholar from...

This photo provided by U.S. Embassy Switzerland,  Edward McMullen greets Xiyue Wang in Zurich, Switzerland on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019.  In a trade conducted in Zurich, Iranian officials handed over Chinese-American graduate student Xiyue Wang, detained in Tehran since 2016, for scientist Massoud Soleimani, who had faced a federal trial in Georgia.  (U.S. Embassy Switzerland via AP)

Iran ready for more prisoner swaps with US, not negotiations

Dec. 9, 2019 12:40 PM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran is ready for more prisoner swaps with the United States, the Cabinet spokesman said Monday even as he reiterated the Iranian leadership's stance that there will be no other negotiations between Tehran and Washington. The remarks by the spokesman, Ali Rabiei, were the first after a...

This photo provided by U.S. Embassy Switzerland,  Edward McMullen greets Xiyue Wang in Zurich, Switzerland on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019.  In a trade conducted in Zurich, Iranian officials handed over Chinese-American graduate student Xiyue Wang, detained in Tehran since 2016, for scientist Massoud Soleimani, who had faced a federal trial in Georgia.  (U.S. Embassy Switzerland via AP)

Iran frees Chinese-American scholar for US-held scientist

Dec. 7, 2019 3:55 PM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A Princeton scholar held for three years in Iran on widely criticized espionage charges was freed Saturday as part of a prisoner exchange that saw America release a detained Iranian scientist, a rare diplomatic breakthrough between Tehran and Washington after months of...

Sarah Moriarty, the daughter of Robert Levinson, a U.S. hostage in Iran, listens during a news conference about hostages in Iran, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Levinson family in court 13 years after Iran disappearance

Dec. 4, 2019 5:14 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Douglas Levinson recalls watching his father pack for an overseas trip. He knew the trip was to the Middle East and, at age 13, knew vaguely that this represented instability and danger. “I was worried something would happen to him,” Levinson told a Washington courtroom on...

Nazanin Boniadi, left, an actress and activist, listens as Sarah Moriarty, the daughter of Robert Levinson, a U.S. hostage in Iran, speak about her father's captivity, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in Washington. At front is international human rights lawyer Jared Genser. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Fears deepen for families of people held in Iran amid unrest

Dec. 3, 2019 6:25 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Families of several U.S. and British people held in Iran expressed fear for their loved ones Tuesday amid the deadliest unrest in decades in the Islamic republic. The relatives spoke at a news conference in Washington to demand the release of spouses and parents held in Iran — in...