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Wife of American pastor imprisoned in Iran says family 'struggles everyday'

world lead

March 28th, 2013
04:37 PM ET

Wife of American pastor imprisoned in Iran says family 'struggles everyday'

By Sherisse Pham

His children cry out for him. His wife wonders about his “survival battle.”

Such is the struggle of the family of an American pastor recently sentenced in Iran to eight years in prison for his Christian beliefs.

The couple's two children "miss him terribly. They cry, they ask for him," wife Naghmeh Abedini says. "They're struggling every day."
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national lead

March 28th, 2013
04:23 PM ET

Breaking on The Lead: Obama says no to non-lethal assistance to Syria

President Obama has been turning down the advice of some of his closest advisers - his vice president, both Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, and his top military commanders - on how to deal with Syria. The National Security Council recommended the United States give non-lethal assistance to the Syrian rebels last month, but Obama did not approve the recommendation, according to Josh Rogin, with Foreign Policy Magazine. Rogin broke the story on The Lead and on his blog, The Cable. Read his full story here.

"In February, just before John Kerry went to meet the friends of Syria and the Syrian opposition, all of the members of the National Security Council, all of the departments that work on Syria, came together and recommended to Obama that he should give the rebels night vision goggles, body armor, things that can't kill people but could help them fight the Assad regime," said Rogin. "The White House didn't reject the recommendation, but they didn't accept it either," says Rogin.
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sports lead

March 28th, 2013
09:29 AM ET

#You're It: Marlins Fail

We asked you to help the Marlins out, and come up with the next deal to help the Miami Marlins get fans to out to the ballpark. Thanks to all tweeps who played, and a shout out to those who made air: @DaveRE1st tweeted: 50% off tickets to Wild & Crazy Night, when we switch uniforms with the Mets! @GoTribe sent in this: Buy a ticket - get a spot in the rotation! And @allisoncunny tweeted us: "Buy one suit, get three free. Also season tickets to the Marlins" #MarlinsFail #JosephABanks Cross-promo.

[tweet https://twitter.com/DaveRE1st/status/317004699612094465%5D
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