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To: DoctorZIn
Iran embassy hostage dies in riding fall

Seattlepi, WA
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
May 8, 2004

RECTORTOWN, Va. -- Elizabeth Ann Swift Cronin, one of two women held hostage for 444 days after the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran in 1979, died Friday in a horseback riding accident. She was 63.

Cronin was the ranking political officer at the embassy when Iranian students angered by American policies seized the compound. She and Kathryn Koob, then director of the Iran-American Society, were kept largely separated from the 50 men also taken captive.

After her release in January 1981, she continued her State Department career with postings in Greece, Jamaica and London and served as a deputy assistant secretary of state for overseas citizens services. She retired in 1995.

The Washington Post quoted a family friend as saying Cronin was riding with her husband, Paul, when her horse stumbled after clearing a jump and she fell from the saddle.

Besides her husband of 10 years, survivors include two stepsons.

http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/national/apus_story.asp?category=1110&slug=Obit%20Cronin
10 posted on 05/09/2004 2:04:18 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (John ''Fedayeen" sKerry - the Mullahs' regime candidate)
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Hardliners dominate Iran's majles

Persian Journal
May 9th 2004

Iranian conservatives win second round of parliamentary election -- Iranian conservative candidates have won 33 of 57 Majlis (parliament) seats in the second round of voting on Friday, the official IRNA news agency reported on Saturday.

The results also showed that reformists took 5 seats and independents won 7 seats. The second round of voting took place in 39 constituencies where candidates failed to win 25 percent of the votes cast in the first round on Feb. 20. With the 33 seats, the conservatives have gained dominance by some 190 seats in a 290-member parliament.

http://www.iranian.ws/iran_news/publish/article_2269.shtml
11 posted on 05/09/2004 5:48:38 AM PDT by F14 Pilot (John ''Fedayeen" sKerry - the Mullahs' regime candidate)
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