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May 16, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A French researcher held in Tehran since the days after Iran's disputed 2009 presidential elections left the Islamic Republic for Paris on Sunday morning just days after France defied Washington by refusing to extradite an alleged Iranian arms smuggler to the United States. Clotilde Reiss, 24, a lecturer and student of Persian language and Iranian history, had been stuck in Iran since July on espionage charges. She is set to arrive Sunday in Paris to join her family and meet French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
May 21, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
Two Iranians arrested by U.S. forces in neighboring Iraq were released Friday, a day after Iran allowed three young Americans detained in the Islamic Republic since last July to meet with their visiting mothers. Iraqi officials handed the detainees to Iran's embassy in Baghdad this morning, and they will leave for Iran as soon as possible, a report on the website of state-owned English-language Press TV said. The moves are the latest hints of behind-the-scenes deal-making between Iran and the West over the fate of detainees.
February 2, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi
In comments that could signal either a change of course or more diplomatic maneuvering, Iran's president said Tuesday that Tehran would be willing to ship enriched uranium abroad "for four or five months" in exchange for fuel for a Tehran medical reactor. In a televised interview, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said "there is no problem" with sending an unspecified amount of Iran's nuclear fuel abroad as part of a United Nations-backed plan to ease concern about the Islamic Republic's nuclear research program.
August 10, 2009 | Liz Sly
Iraq has appealed to Iran to free three American hikers after concluding that the trio who apparently strayed across the Iranian border were just lost tourists, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari said today. Zebari said he had no reason to believe the three would soon be freed and had heard no word from the Iranians since making the request during a meeting with Iran's ambassador to Iraq last week. But he hoped for an answer in the coming days, the foreign minister said. Shane Bauer, 27, Sarah Shourd, 30 and Joshua Fattal, 27, have been in Iranian custody since they crossed into Iran on July 31 while hiking through a scenic mountainous area of Iraq's northern Kurdistan region.
August 5, 2009 | Maria L. La Ganga and Liz Sly
To some Iranian officials, Shane Bauer is a spy, one of three young Americans who strayed across the border from Iraq's Kurdistan region late last week and is being held for questioning. To Sandy Close, the 27-year-old is a passionate photojournalist, an intrepid explorer and a careful planner who would never expose himself and his friends to unnecessary danger.
September 23, 2009 | Paloma Esquivel
On the eve of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to the United Nations, the families of three young UC Berkeley graduates detained in that country while hiking pleaded for their release. "This is not a political situation at all, it's totally humanitarian," Patrick Sandys, cousin of detainee Sarah Shourd, said Tuesday. "We don't want it to get mired in the already difficult political situation between the U.S. and Iran. We just want our family members home." Shourd, 31; Shane Bauer, 27; and Joshua Fattal, 27, have been in Iranian custody since they allegedly crossed into the country July 31 while hiking through a mountainous area of Iraq's northern Kurdistan region.
December 15, 2009 | By Sebastian Rotella
An Iranian arms trafficker was sentenced in Delaware on Monday to five years in prison after being snared in a global undercover investigation. Amir Hossein Ardebili, 36, pleaded guilty last year to violating U.S. arms control laws by trying to purchase components for Iranian fighter planes and missile guidance systems. His case offers a rare look into the faceoff between Washington and Tehran that is increasingly reminiscent of the Cold War. Ardebili does not fit the profile of high-rolling arms merchants who have been arrested in similar stings around the world.
March 16, 2014 | By Ed Stockly
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November 2, 2010 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Meris Lutz, Los Angeles Times
For a man preparing to go up against his own government in a case with international repercussions, Masoud Shafii doesn't look particularly worried as he brews some tea and offers it to a guest. Shafii, the lawyer defending the two American hikers who have been detained in an Iranian prison for more than a year, said he's oblivious to the global dimensions of the case, or the fact that his two clients come from the "Great Satan" itself. Or even that another Iranian human rights lawyer was recently jailed on unspecified national security crimes and another was just sentenced to nine years in prison.
July 13, 2010 | By Paul Richter and Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
Shahram Amiri sounds like a contented man in one video, nestled in a leather chair, assuring his audience that he is free and safe to continue his education in America. But, in a second clip, the Iranian scientist warns in stilted phrases that the CIA kidnapped him, brought him to the United States and tortured him with the goal of "proving lies" about Iran's disputed nuclear program. The two online videos sum up the murky and contradictory narratives at the heart of Amiri's tale, which took a surprising turn Monday when the 32-year-old scientist presented himself at the Iranian consular office in Washington saying he wished to go home.
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