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Iran Releases Reporter

Pressure from President Obama and the international community has paid off for Roxana Saberi, the Iranian-American journalist accused of spying by Iran. According to the BBC, an appeals court there has cut her original sentence of eight years down to two years suspended and she has been freed from custody. As part of the court's decision, Saberi will be banned from reporting in Iran for five years but will be allowed to leave the country. Saberi was arrested in January and charged with espionage, but the U.S. strongly denied that she had been a spy and demanded her release.