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Iran courts cast doubt on hikers' release

Iran's powerful judiciary says it's still studying a bail offer that would free a Minnesota native and his friend imprisoned there. Just a day earlier Iran's president said the Americans could be free in a couple of days. But the president has long been locked in a power struggle with the country's clerics, who control the courts.
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Iran's powerful judiciary says it's still studying a bail offer that would free a Minnesota native and his friend imprisoned there. Just a day earlier Iran's president said the Americans could be free in a couple of days. But the president has long been locked in a power struggle with the country's clerics, who control the courts.

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