Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Thursday they continue to hope that the Iranian regime will release the two men as a humanitarian gesture.
An official with Oman’s foreign ministry said the Gulf nation has sent a plane to Tehran amid efforts toward a bail-for-freedom deal for two UC Berkeley grads jailed for spying.
Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said two UC Berkeley grads jailed in Iran on charges of espionage for two years could be freed this week.
Two UC Berkeley graduates arrested more than two years ago while hiking along the Iraq-Iran border have been sentenced to eight years in prison on charges that include espionage, state TV reported Saturday, a sharp blow to hopes their release was imminent.
The families of Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal will have to wait a bit longer to learn their fate, as they continue to be held in an Iranian prison on espionage charges.
Two University of California at Berkeley graduates are scheduled to stand trial in Iran on Sunday on charges of espionage and entering the country illegally.
Officials at Yosemite National Park have identified three visitors who are presumed dead after being swept over a raging waterfall.
It has been almost two years since they were arrested and Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer remain in prison in Iran awaiting a trial.
Officials at Yosemite National Park say one hiker is dead and another is presumed dead after the two were swept over a bridge into a reservoir while returning from a backpacking trip.
Yosemite National Park has recorded its first two accidental deaths of the year, as two hikers died at the park in unrelated incidents last Friday.