September 18th, 2013
09:27 PM ET

Iranian human rights activist: 'Free forever'

Tehran, Iran (CNN) - Nasrin Sotoudeh, a prominent Iranian human rights advocate, was among several prisoners released Wednesday from a Tehran prison where she had been jailed since 2010.

"I'm glad, but I'm worried for my friends in prison," she told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in a telephone interview soon after her release, citing other political and human rights activists who remain in prison.

Sotoudeh said authorities at the notorious Evin Prison initially told her she would be allowed out on a short break. They then put her into a car.

It was only after she had been driven out of the gates that one of the prison heads told her, "No, you are free forever, and that's why we're taking you home," she said.

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September 18th, 2013
06:13 AM ET

U.N. weapons inspectors to return to Syria

U.N. investigators are planning to return to Syria soon to follow up on several more allegations of chemical weapons use.

Ake Sellstrom, the head of the inspection team that visited after an August 21 attack, told CNN that the second visit could take place as early as next week.

The news will likely please Russia, who slammed a recent U.N. chemical weapons report as "one-sided" and called for inspectors to return to Syria.

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September 18th, 2013
05:16 AM ET

Nebraska watches Colorado overflow

As Colorado copes with the aftermath of deadly floods, the high waters rolled toward Nebraska early Wednesday, where anxious residents prepared for potential overflows.

Runoff from Colorado flooding is coursing into neighboring Nebraska, forecasters said.

"The exact crest stages are still uncertain as the waters are just moving into Nebraska," the National Weather Service said. "It is possible that upcoming forecasts could change so those along the river should stay tuned for updated information."

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