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Two Iranian poets who face lashings and prison sentences have fled Iran, one of the writers said Monday, a rare escape for local artists and activists ensnared in an ongoing crackdown on expression in the country.Fatemeh Ekhtesari and Mehdi Mousavi's freedom came as world powers lifted sanctions on Iran over its contested nuclear program and as the country separately freed four Iranian-Americans in exchange for seven Iranians held in the U.S.Iranian-American businessman Siamak Namazi, who is believed to be detained in Iran, was not freed as part of the swap between Iran and the U.S. Nor was Washington-based Lebanese citizen Nizar Zakka, who holds permanent-resident status in the U.S. Also still missing is former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in Iran in 2007 on an unauthorized CIA mission.However, while criticizing Iran for releasing footage showing 10 U.S. Navy sailors who recently were detained overnight for straying into Iranian waters, Kerry made a point to thank Ayatollah Ali Khamenei by name for resolving the crisis quickly.
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