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Sep 9, 2010 6:02 PM by Greg Boyce

American hiker to be released from Iran

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's envoy to the United Nations has confirmed that a female American held for more than a year will be released.

Iran had earlier announced that one of the three Americans captured by Iran in July 2009 would be released to mark the holidays at the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.  Bak Sahraei, second counselor of the UN mission confirmed Thursday in an e-mail that Sarah Shourd would be the one set free on Saturday.

She has told her mother that she has serious medical problems, but that officials have denied her request for treatment.

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