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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - Robert Levinson
The family of a former FBI agent who went missing from the Iranian resort of Kish Island is renewing its plea for his release on the seventh anniversary of his disappearance.
The White House disputed news reports Friday that former FBI agent Robert Levinson was working as a CIA employee when he went missing on a trip to Iran in 2007.
In March 2007, retired FBI agent Robert Levinson flew to Kish Island, an Iranian resort awash with tourists, smugglers and organized crime figures. Days later, after an arranged meeting with an admitted killer, he checked out of his hotel, slipped into a taxi and vanished. For years, the U.S. has publicly described him as a private citizen who traveled to the tiny Persian Gulf island on private business.
The White House asked Iran "respectfully" Tuesday to return American Robert Levinson, the longest-held U.S. hostage in history.
The warm glow of public appeal for Ben Carson is growing after his recent provocative speech at the National Prayer Breakfast before an audience that included President Obama. The pediatric neurosurgeon cut a fearless, straightforward path through health care, taxes and American woes, prompting The Wall Street Journal to run an immediate op-ed titled "Ben Carson for President," declaring that Dr. Carson "may not be politically correct, but he's closer to correct than we've heard in years."
Two years after a hostage video and photographs of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson raised the possibility that the missing American was being held by terrorists, U.S. officials now see the government of Iran behind the images, intelligence officials told The Associated Press.
The family of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished years ago in Iran, issued a plea Friday and, for the first time, released a hostage video they received from his unidentified captors.
Israel's prime minister declared Tuesday that his country must retain a strategic section of the West Bank under any future peace deal - a position unlikely to win Palestinians over to his reported plan to offer them a temporary state.
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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that "the future belongs to Iran," and he challenged the United States to accept that his country has a major role in the world.
A missing Iranian nuclear scientist, who has sought refuge at a Pakistani Embassy office in Washington and who Iran claims was abducted, is free to return to his homeland, the State Department said Tuesday.
Levinson’s family says the Obama administration should make any diplomatic agreement with Iran contingent on Tehran helping to find the missing CIA contractor.
"Thirty-three years of service to the United States deserves something," Levinson said. "Please help me."