U.S. 'hopeful' Iran sets course to free former Minnesotan, 2nd hiker
Published 09/15/2011, Associated Press
Even as Washington expressed hope that Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal could be nearing the end of more than two years in custody, the details of when — or even if — they will be freed remained clouded amid the complexities of internal Iranian politics and third-party diplomacy between Washington and Tehran, two longtime foes.Word count: 1073
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