FROM Farnaz Fassihi
Iran Sets Bail for Two American Hikers Two American hikers have been held in Iran since 2009, accused of espionage and illegally crossing Iran's border. Now, just before he's expected to be in New York for the UN General Assembly, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says the hikers will be released in two days. The Iranian President predicted the release this morning on NBC News' Today show. Speaking through a translator, he said many Iranians are now in American jails, where they aren't treated as well as the Americans were in Iran's prisons. Farnaz Fassihi, senior Middle East correspondent for the Wall Street Journal , speaks to us from Beirut, Lebanon. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy
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