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Oprah Interviews Sarah Shroud, the Hiker Who Spent 410 Days Jailed in Iran (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Sep 24th 2010 4:05AM
Oprah Interviews Sarah Shroud, the Hiker Who Spent 410 Days Trapped in an Iranian PrisonOn July 31, 2009, three American hikers left their hotel in northern Iraq. The hikers were: 31-year-old Sarah Shroud, her boyfriend Shane Bauer and their friend Josh Fattal. During their hike, the trio took a wrong turn, and may have strayed over the border into the nation of Iran. They were captured by Iranian soliders and were arrested on the spot. Then, they were thrown in jail and accused of being American spies.

All told, Ms. Shroud spent 410 days in prison -- a nearly 14-month-long sentence. She was kept in solitary confinement, in a cell measuring 10 ft x 5 ft. Her only contact with her friends came for two thirty-minute periods each day, when she was briefly allowed outside. Otherwise, Sarah was completely cut off from the world she had once known.

After more than a year, Sarah was released. Today on 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), Sarah gave her first interview since escaping Iran. She discussed what it was like to be falsely accused of being a spy -- and what kept her going during her dark days in jail.

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How Will Christiane Amanpour Change ABC's 'This Week?'

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 22nd 2010 10:02AM
Christiane AmanpourHere's a bit of news from our "Department of News that Everyone and Their Mother Saw Coming." Needless to say, they've been a little behind with the health care bill debate, and Tiger Woods' apology .

Christiane Amanpour has accepted the offer from ABC's news division to anchor the Sunday show 'This Week,' taking over for George Stephanopolous, who now anchors 'Good Morning America'. This means she'll be leaving CNN where she has racked up an impressive 18-year body of work consisting mostly of international reporting and journalism.

However, does this give her the chops to moderate a political fueled talk fest? There are yeas and nays on both sides of the question.

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Mike Wallace isn't done yet; lands interview with Iranian president

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 10th 2006 12:16PM
Mike Wallace and Mahmoud AhmadinejadJust after Mike Wallace "retired", he re-signed with CBS as a correspondent emeritus. But he told reporters that "there's an understanding that I'm not going to be getting on airplanes and flying all over the world, but there are going to be certain important interviews I will do for 60 Minutes."

Well, it looks like he was right about everything except the flying part; on Tuesday, Wallace went to Tehran to interview Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which will be broadcast on the venerable newsmagazine this Sunday. This interview is one of the few that Ahmadinejad has granted to a Western journalist, and, as one would expect, he criticizes President Bush and his administration's dealings with the country, among other topics. It seems like evil despots like to talk to Mike, since he's spoken to Saddam Hussein and the Ayatollah Khomeini in the past.

[via Mediabistro]

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Iran lifts CNN ban

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 17th 2006 1:23PM
If you recall, the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, barred CNN from his country after they reportedly misquoted him as saying that it was Iran's right to use nuclear weapons, when he actually used the term "nuclear technology". After CNN apologized, he allowed their reporters to remain in the country, including star correspondent Christiane Amanpour. However, Amanpour didn't get away scot-free, though; a local newspaper called her a "CIA and Mossad agent with a bad record," who should be expelled from the country. Jeez, tough crowd there in Iran.

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CNN banned in Iran

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 16th 2006 5:48PM
Mahmoud AhmadinejadCNN doesn't have a bureau in Iran. Actually, it has nothing in Iran right now at all after a mistranslation of a speech given by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. CNN reported Ahmadinejad saying "the use of nuclear weapons is Iran's right." What was actually said was "Iran has the right to nuclear energy." The subtle difference being between using the power for energy or using it to blow things the hell up. I have my own theories about Ahmadinejad's intentions, which you're more than welcome to try and extract from my brain this evening while I sleep. I'll leave my door unlocked for you. Meanwhile, Iran is off limits to CNN until further notice.

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