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Iran allows diplomats to visit U.S. hikers

WASHINGTON — Iranian authorities this week allowed a Swiss diplomat a second visit with three detained American hikers arrested for illegal entry near the Iraq border in late July, the State Department said Friday.

Spokesman Robert Wood said the Swiss ambassador to Iran was granted consular access to Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd and Josh Fattal on Thursday "after repeated requests." He provided no details, citing privacy concerns, but the families of the hikers said in a statement they were in "good physical shape."

They said the 40-minute visit was held at Evin Prison in Tehran, where the three are being held, and that the Swiss ambassador had brought them clothes and other supplies, including books and writing paper. The Swiss, who represent U.S. interests in Iran, were first allowed to visit the trio in late September.

9 survive plane crash in Brazilian rain forest

SAO PAULO — A plane that went missing over the Amazon made an emergency river landing in a remote part of the rain forest and nine of the 11 people aboard survived, the Brazilian air force said Friday.

Members of the Matis Indian tribe found the plane and the survivors in a sprawling jungle reservation, the air force said in a statement.

Two people — one civilian and an air force warrant officer — have been missing since the single-engine Cessna Caravan plane went down Thursday, the statement said. A team of divers is looking for them.

The air force didn't say why the plane was forced to set down on the Itui River, but noted the weather was fine in the area at the time the aircraft disappeared.

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