The Cable

Ban to Iran: Free the Journalists, Political Prisoners

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has directly appealed to Iran to release the Washington Post's Iranian-American reporter, Jason Rezaian, and his journalist wife, Yeganeh Salehi, Ban told Foreign Policy in an interview on Friday.

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Export-Import Bank Set for Nine-Month Extension

House lawmakers passed a short reprieve for the U.S. trade bank that finances export deals for American companies.

The Export-Import, or Ex-Im, Bank charter was set to expire Sept. 30, but House lawmakers added a nine-month extension to a must-do spending bill Wednesday. The Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill Thursday. It has to be passed by the end of the month to avert a government shutdown.

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