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In the midst of an unexpected break in Iranian nuclear talks, President Barack Obama is calling for the return of Americans held in Iran, including Boise pastor Saeed Abedini.

In a message commemorating the Persian New Year, Obama says it's a time for families to be reunited.

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Senators at a subcommittee hearing have been told that high-level U.S. attention to Iran's imprisonment of American Pastor Saeed Abedini is helping to keep him alive.

Abedini has been in Iranian custody since September 2012 and was sentenced to eight years in prison for what was termed undermining state security. President Barack Obama has called for the Christian pastor's release and met with his wife and children in Idaho in January.

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It's been almost two-and-a-half years since Boise pastor Saeed Abedini was first imprisoned in Iran. Abedini's wife, Naghmeh, has been working to get her husband's freedom secured ever since.

She's even spoken in front of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva to plead her husband's case.

On Wednesday, Mrs. Abedini got her message directly to President Barack Obama.

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Naghmeh Abedini says she misses her husband and fears for his safety. It’s been two years since Boise pastor Saeed Abedini was sentenced to an Iranian prison, accused of undermining state security by trying to establish a network of Christian churches in private homes.

His supporters will hold a prayer vigil for Saeed Friday.

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The wife of an American pastor who's been imprisoned for 18 months in Iran says he's doing better since being transferred to a hospital recently.

Naghmeh Abedini told Faith Radio that her husband, the Rev. Saeed Abedini , is now receiving better meals and pain medication. She says he still needs surgery, however, for injuries he suffered in prison.

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A Boise woman was on Capitol Hill Thursday to make her case for the U.S. government negotiating the release of her husband from a prison in Iran. 

Nagmeh Abedini, her attorney and experts on human and religious rights, testified in front of a House subcommittee. They urged President Barack Obama and the U.S. State Department to do more to free Saeed Abedini – the Boise man held in prison in Iran for more than a year.

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Human rights officials say an Idaho pastor who is being detained in a notorious prison in Iran has been allowed to visit with family.

Officials with the American Center for Law & Justice say Monday's visit marked the first time Saeed Abedini was able to see family since his transfer to Rajai Shahr prison more than two weeks ago.

The 33-year-old Christian pastor who had been living in Boise. But he's been in Iranian custody since September 2012 and is serving an eight-year sentence for undermining state security.

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Hundreds of people gathered outside the Idaho Capitol in the rain on Thursday afternoon to pray for Boise pastor Saeed Abedini. The Christian pastor has been sentenced to serve eight years in an Iranian prison.

So far, he has been held by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard for one year. The Iranian government charged Abedini for compromising the country's national security, but his supporters say he was there building an orphanage.

Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

The wife of a Christian Boise pastor imprisoned in Iran spoke in front of the United Nations Human Rights Council Tuesday. Naghmeh Abedini traveled to Geneva to make her case for her husband’s release.

Saeed Abedini has been in prison since last September, and was sentenced for attempting to convert Iranians to Christianity.

Mrs. Abedini addressed the international governing body for the first time.

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A pastor from Boise has been sentenced to 8 years in an Iranian prison.  Saeed Abedini was convicted over the weekend of attempting to undermine state security in Iran.

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The State Department says a Boise pastor who has been jailed in Iran since September has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Spokesman Darby Holladay said Sunday that the department is calling on Iran to respect Saeed Abedini's human rights and release him.

Earlier this month Iran's semi-official news agency, ISNA, quoted Abedini's attorney as saying his client stood trial in the Revolutionary Court on charges of attempting to undermine state security by creating a network of Christian churches in private homes.

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The new movie Argo is a drama about the CIA’s role in getting six Americans out of Iran in the months following the hostile takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979.  Ben Affleck directed the movie.  He also plays Tony Mendez, the CIA operative who thinks up the plan to get the Americans out.

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Gas prices are on the rise throughout the United States.  In Idaho, it costs on average about $3.80 a gallon.  That’s up from $3.00 a gallon at the start of this year.   One reason for this spike has to do with future bets on oil prices.