The three were arrested by Iranian authorities in July while hiking on the Iraq-Iran border and accused of spying. Their detention is being seen as a possible bargaining chip in Iran's international negotiations over nuclear power, or in Tehran's effort to win the release of Iranians held by the U.S.
A U.C. Berkeley graduate, Bauer is a freelance writer and photographer based in the Middle East.
This St. Nick Is Too Jolly
Santa and one of his little helpers helped themselves to a little too much Christmas cheer in Sparta, Wisconsin, and ended up in trouble with the law.
It all started with a phone call to police about a man in a Santa suit who "stumbled from the vehicle, approached several children playing in a yard, and began to hug them, demanding to know where his reindeer were," police told the La Crosse Tribune.
It didn't take long for the cops to find the errant sleigh; arrest Kevin Arnold, the driver, on suspicion of drunken driving; and cite Santa—Thomas Arnold—for open intoxicants.