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    Iran Releases US Sailors Taken into Custody

    Iranian state TV says officials have released 10 American sailors who were detained after their two small vessels broke down in the Persian Gulf en route to Bahrain from Kuwait. American diplomats said they lost contact with the crew before Tehran announced that the Americans were safe and in their custody. Iran claims the U.S. apologized for the incursion before the release — something Washington hasn’t confirmed. But Secretary of State John Kerry did reach out to his Iranian counterpart, no doubt hoping the incident wouldn’t stymie the nuclear deal they negotiated last year.

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