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  • The Iran I saw — in 781 days in Evin Prison

    On the morning of my appearance before an Iranian Revolutionary Court, where I was convicted on a fabricated charge of espionage, I heard the chant "Death to America!" from the world beyond my prison window. The chant, and the associated stereotype of Islamic Iran, was quite different from what I heard in Section 209, the grim area of Evin Prison where political detainees are beaten, tortured and held without charge. As Americans, my friend and cellmate Shane Bauer and I were denied contact with Iranian inmates during our imprisonment there. Yet time and again, they found the courage to defy that rule and lift our spirits.
  • U.S.-Iran thaw began with months of secret meetings

     U.S.-Iran thaw began with months of secret meetings
    WASHINGTON — In mid-March, a small team of U.S. officials boarded a military plane and flew to the tiny Persian Gulf sultanate of Oman on a diplomatic mission so sensitive — and risky — that only President Obama and his closest...

    Oman sultan's visit reportedly a mediation bid between Iran and U.S.

    Oman sultan's visit reportedly a mediation bid between Iran and U.S.
    WASHINGTON – Iranian newspapers are reporting that a visit to Tehran this week by the leader of the Persian Gulf state of Oman was aimed at beginning quiet talks between the United States and the Islamic Republic. One of the newspapers, the...

    Three French aid workers home after being held hostage in Yemen

    Three French aid workers held hostage in Yemen for more than five months returned home Monday. Neighboring Oman negotiated the release of the French hostages and may have paid an unspecified ransom, according to news reports.

    OMAN: Army descends on protest camp, arrests demonstrators

    The soldiers moved in on the protest camp as night fell over the southern Omani city of Salalah, the country's second largest, dispersing demonstrators demanding higher salaries and more jobs and possibly arresting scores before dismantling the tents they...