Monday, September 23, 2013
World Bulletin reports Iranian authorities "have pardoned 80 prisoners ahead of President Hassan Rouhani's visit to the United Nations in New York this week." Iranian media are said to be viewing the pardons as a "tentative sign" that Iran's "hardline policies" are "starting to soften." Among those pardoned are some who were "arrested over protests that followed the disputed re-election of former hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2009." See story here.