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In this photo released on twitter account of Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif , Zarif, left, shakes hand with Iranian scientist Massoud Soleimani prior to leaving Zurich, Switzerland for Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019. Iran and the U.S. conducted a prisoner exchange Saturday that saw a detained Princeton scholar released for an Iranian scientist held by America, marking a rare diplomatic breakthrough between Tehran and Washington after months of tensions. (Javad Zarif twitter account via AP) Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (left) shakes hand with Iranian scientist Massoud Soleimani prior to leaving Zurich for Tehran. (Photo: Javad Zarif twitter account via AP)

Federal charges accusing an assistant professor at Yale University School of Medicine and a Kentucky biomedical researcher of violating U.S. trade sanctions against Iran were dismissed after their co-defendant was swapped for a U.S. student imprisoned in Iran since 2016. 

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R. Robin McDonald

Daily Report reporter R. Robin McDonald's journalism career includes stints as a staff writer at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Wichita Eagle, and The Anniston Star and as a trial tracker at CourtTV and CNN. She is the author of two true crime books -- Black Widow: The True Story of the Hilley Poisonings and Secrets Never Lie: The Death of Sara Tokars.

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