Iran frees Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, 3 others in prisoner swap deal

Iran frees Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, 3 others in prisoner swap deal

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Iran has freed Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian and three others in a prisoner swap deal, Iran’s semi-official Fars News Agency said Saturday, as diplomats prepare to implement a historic nuclear agreement.

A U.S. official confirmed the release of the four prisoners to CNN, and said they were being flown to Switzerland from Iran.

Senior diplomats are expected to announce the lifting of sanctions on Iran later Saturday as the nuclear agreement is implemented. The deal made with six world powers will take effect when the International Atomic Energy Agency certifies that Iran has met its commitments to curtail its nuclear energy program. Read more…

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U.S. cautious as tensions rise in Middle East over Saudi-Iran dispute

U.S. cautious as tensions rise in Middle East over Saudi-Iran dispute

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The Obama administration tread warily Monday around inflamed tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia that threaten several key U.S. foreign policy objectives.

A U.S. official said Secretary of State John Kerry had spoken Sunday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, while the official Saudi Press Agency reported that Kerry had spoken on Monday with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Salman.

Kerry is also planning to make a round of calls Monday to the foreign ministers of all the Sunni-led states in the Persian Gulf region, including Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, the U.S. official said. Bahrain followed Saudi Arabia’s lead and severed diplomatic ties with Iran, while the UAE downgraded its diplomatic relations with it. Read more…

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Protesters set fire to Saudi embassy in Iran after prominent cleric's execution

Protesters set fire to Saudi embassy in Iran after prominent cleric’s execution

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A crowd of Iranian protesters stormed and ransacked part of the Saudi embassy in Tehran on Saturday in response to the country’s execution of a prominent Shiite cleric.

Photos and video footage posted to Twitter and Instagram show demonstrators smashing windows, ripping apart furniture and flags and torching parts of the building with Molotov cocktails. Iranian journalist Sobhan Hassanvand reported on Twitter that the protest was later quelled after police dispersed the crowd and made several arrests. Firefighters were also working to contain the blaze.

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