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Iran scientist acquitted in US trade secrets case deported

Jun. 2, 2020 6:03 AM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian scientist imprisoned in the U.S. and acquitted in a federal trade secrets case is on his way back to Iran after being deported, the country's foreign minister said Tuesday. Sirous Asgari was in the air on a flight back to Iran, Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an Instagram post....

Citing virus, Iran says it's ready for prisoner swap with US

May. 10, 2020 12:01 PM EDT

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran says it is ready for unconditional prisoner swap talks with the United States because of fears that the coronavirus could put the lives of the prisoners at risk, Iranian media reported Sunday. An Iranian news website, Khabaronline.ir, quoted Cabinet spokesman Ali Rabiei as saying...

Acting Deputy Secretary for the Department of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli speaks about the coronavirus outside the West Wing of the White House, Friday, March 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

US eyes deal to free American in Iran, pushes back on swap

May. 6, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials believe they’re making progress in efforts to secure the release from Iran of a detained Navy veteran, but they are pushing back on Iranian suggestions that a swap is in the works for an imprisoned Iranian that American officials have been trying to deport since last...

FILE - In this June 19, 2019, file photo, Diane Foley, mother of journalist James Foley, who was killed by the Islamic State terrorist group in a graphic video released online, speaks to the Associated Press during an interview in Washington. Family members of Americans who are imprisoned abroad or held hostage by militant groups say in a new report that the U.S. government must do better in communicating with them. The report from the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation is based on interviews with 25 former hostages and detainees as well as their relatives and advocates. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

More US government support sought for Americans held abroad

Apr. 3, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Relatives of Americans who are wrongfully imprisoned abroad or held hostage by militant groups say in a report that the U.S. government must do better in communicating with them, though they cite improvements over the past five years. Several of those interviewed for the report issued...