Released U.S. Hikers Arrive In New York

The two hikers that were being held captive in Iran have touched down at JFK airport. The hikers were jailed in Iran for allegedly being spies and sentenced to eight years in prison. After pleads from all different countries to release the men and them spending more than two years are home and free. Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer arrived at Kennedy Airport in New York City at about 11 a.m. on a $1 million bail deal. Read more after the jump. @Julie1205

Iran Judge Won’t Sign ‘Hikers’ Release Before Tuesday

The lawyer for two U.S. men convicted of spying in Iran said on Sunday their release could be delayed until Tuesday as the judge in the case was on vacation. Continue reading after the jump. @capriSUNshine

Iran Connects First Nuclear Power Plant To The National Power Grid

Iranian state radio says the country’s first nuclear power plant has been connected to the national power grid for a test run. The plant began to generate 60 megawatts of electricity about midnight. Hit the jump to read the rest of the story. @WiL

U.S. Hikers In Iran Sentenced To 8 years in Prison

Two American hikers that were arrested in Iran and already served two years in prison were sentenced to a total of eight years in prison. The men were charged with espionage and illegally entering the country  and have 20 days to appeal the court’s decision. Last month the U.S. had hopes that the men would be released soon but that clearly doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon. The arrest and captivity of the hikers has but a strain on the Iran/American relationship and will most likely continue to do so. Read more about the hikers after the jump. @Julie1205

Boxing Legend Muhammad Ali asks Iran to free hikers

Posted by Sabrina B. @gametimegirl Boxing legend Muhammad Ali is asking Iran to release two American hikers held since 2009 on spy charges. Ali, arguably the most prominent U.S. Muslim, on Wednesday released to The Associated Press a letter he wrote to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in February.

Protesting in Iran might lead to Civil War

@klassic_p An Iranian supporter of the country’s opposition movement has warned that continued anti-government street protests could lead to civil war. The woman, a 34-year-old jewelry designer who lives in Tehran, issued the warning in a series of emailed answers to questions put to her by CNN.

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