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Persian Gulf states pulling ambassadors from Syria

February 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council says it is pulling its ambassadors from Syria because of President Bashar Assad’s refusal to accept Arab attempts to end the country’s bloodshed. Continue Reading

Yemen president heading to Oman, say officials

January 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Outgoing President Ali Abdullah Saleh will leave soon to Oman, en route to medical treatment in the United States, Yemeni officials said today, part of an American effort to get the embattled strongman out of the country to allow a peaceful transition from his rule.
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Relative: Freed Americans catching up with family

September 22, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The brother-in-law of one of the Americans released from an Iranian prison says his wife is relieved to finally be with her brother again, and they are just enjoying catching up. Continue Reading

Relative: Freed Americans catching up with family

September 22, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The brother-in-law of one of the Americans released from an Iranian prison says his wife is relieved to finally be with her brother again, and they are just enjoying catching up. Continue Reading

Iran: Court to commute sentences for 2 Americans

September 17, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Iran’s foreign minister said today that the courts are willing in “the near future” to commute the prison sentences for two Americans convicted of spying. The Americans’ lawyer, meanwhile, was in court trying to arrange a $1 million bail-for-freedom deal. Continue Reading

Iran: Court willing to commute sentences for 2 Americans

September 17, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Iran’s foreign minister says the courts are willing “in near future” to commute the prison sentences for two jailed Americans convicted for spying. Continue Reading

Oman, Iraq request Iran release of jailed American hikers

September 16, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Omani officials say a plane from the Gulf state is in Iran’s capital to carry the pair out of the country if a bail-for-freedom deal is reached. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue. Continue Reading

Iraq joins talks on Iran bail for jailed Americans

September 15, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Arab countries Oman and Iraq are involved in negotiations for the release of two Americans jailed in Iran for spying. Continue Reading

Iran indicates Oman is seeking release of Minnesota native, U.S. hiker colleague

September 28, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

Iran today offered the first official indication that Oman is playing a role in trying to secure the release of two American men imprisoned for more than a year.
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American Shourd, freed from Iran, begins trip back to U.S.

September 18, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

In a brief statement, Sarah Shourd thanked Oman an ally of both Iran and the United States for mediating the $500,000 bail that led to her freedom earlier this week. But she made no mention of her ordeal inside Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison or any health problems which her mother has said include a breast lump and precancerous cervical cells.
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