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May 13th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Glimmer of hope for hikers' moms

(CNN) – There are new developments for three American hikers who are detained in Iran. Their mothers have been granted visas to visit them

Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal were arrested last July. Accused of spying, they've been in prison in Tehran with little opportunity to talk to their families.

Josh Fattal's mother, Laura, and his brother, Alex, joined us on Thursday's American Morning.


Filed under: Iran
April 27th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Will Israel act against Iran's growing threat?

(CNN) – As President Obama makes a new push for peace in the Middle East, concern is growing about the threat Iran poses in the region and what Israel is prepared to do to about.

Iran is expected to be a major topic when Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Defense Secretary Robert Gates meet today at the Pentagon. Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the United States, joined us on Tuesday's American Morning about Iran's growing threat and Israel's reaction to it.


Filed under: Iran • World
March 31st, 2010
12:00 PM ET

U.S. journalist talks about being jailed in Iran

(CNN) – Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi has survived something most of us can't imagine. While working in Iran she was detained and thrown in jail, convicted of spying for the United States – a charge she completely denies.

Saberi was released last May after an appeals court suspended her eight-year sentence. She has now published her story in a new book called "Between Two Worlds: My Life and Captivity in Iran." Our Kiran Chetry talked to Saberi and asked her what happened on January 31st of last year – the day she was arrested.


Filed under: Iran
February 16th, 2010
02:00 PM ET

Ahmadinejad has warning for U.S.

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Tehran, Iran (CNN) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned the United States and other nations Tuesday not to impose tougher sanctions in reaction to the Islamic country's nuclear ambitions.

Iran already faces U.N. sanctions and the five permanent Security Council members - the United States, Britain, Russia, China and France, all of which have veto power - have been engaged along with Germany in discussions about possible further measures.

"It's high time for some people to open their eyes and adapt themselves to real changes that are under way," Ahmadinejad said at a news conference in Tehran.

Asked specifically about the threat of tougher sanctions, the Iranian president said, "We prefer that they move in the spirit of cooperation. It won't put us in trouble. They themselves will get into trouble."

Ahmadinejad also seemed to threaten unspecified retaliation, saying Iran won't act like it has in the past.

Ahmadinejad's comments came one day after U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal expressed concern over Iran's nuclear program.

"Definitely, we will show a reaction that will put them to shame, like always," he said. FULL STORY


Filed under: Iran • World
February 12th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

What's really happening in Iran?

It's been 31 years since Iran's Islamic Revolution when the country's Western-backed monarchy fell and Iran became an Islamic state.

Yesterday, we saw a huge pro-government rally in Tehran, but we're also seeing disturbing videos online of violent clashes between security forces and anti-government protesters.

What do these protests and this violence really mean for Iran's future?

We were joined Friday on American Morning by Jason Shams, a contributor for the Daily Beast who has lived in Iran for several years.

We also spoke with Maziar Bahari, a Newsweek correspondent who was jailed in Iran last year.

Complete coverage: Protests in Iran


Filed under: Iran
February 12th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Hoping for change in Iran

Huge crowds gathered in Tehran on Thursday for a showdown between the government and the opposition on the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

There were reports that security forces fired on a crowd of protesters and arrested people, but it's been very hard to confirm these reports because foreign media was not allowed near the site of the protests.

In this American Morning original report, our Ted Rowlands talks to Iranian-Americans who tell us they still believe change is coming in Iran.

Full coverage: Protests in Iran


Filed under: Iran
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