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Associated Press, Published May 29 2009

Saberi says she wants to return to ND, write a book

UPDATED 12:30 p.m.

BISMARCK - Former Fargo journalist Roxana Saberi, freed earlier this month from an Iranian prison, says she wants to return to North Dakota and write a book.

State officials are making plans for her return Saturday.

Saberi, in an interview aired Friday on ABC's Good Morning America, also said her happiness over her own release is tempered with a ``heavy conscience' because other women are still in prison in Iran.

The 32-year-old Saberi, who grew up in Fargo, told ABC's Diane Sawyer that ``for now, I want to go back home in North Dakota and be with my family and friends, and I want to write a book.'

Family and friends said Saberi, who had lived in Iran for six years, had been working on a book about the culture before her Jan. 31 arrest on charges of spying for the United States. The U.S. denied the charges.

Saberi was released in Iran on May 11.

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