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An Iranian official said "Republican rivals of the current US administration" attempted to stall last month's Iranian-U.S. prisoner swap until the eve of the U.S. presidential election, Tasnim News Agency reported.

According to the semi-official Iranian news outlet, Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, made the claims during a speech Thursday at a rally in Yazd, Iran.

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The FBI confirms that all of the remaining occupiers at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge have turned themselves in and are in custody.

David Fry, a 27-year-old Ohio man, had been the lone holdout at the refuge. Then, after more than an hour of negotiations and threats to kill himself, Fry got up and walked out.

The FBI reported that "no one was injured, and no shots were fired."

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As the four remaining occupiers at the Oregon wildlife refuge prepared to turn themselves in to federal authorities on Thursday, a former Oregon occupier said that her husband, who had also been present at the refuge, was just arrested.

Melissa Cooper wrote on Facebook on Thursday morning that Blaine Cooper was arrested by the FBI. Cooper's alleged arrest was also mentioned on the livestream of the remaining Oregon militiamen preparing to turn themselves in to the FBI.

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The occupiers of the federal wildlife refuge in Oregon did not immediately surrender to law enforcement at 8 a.m. local time Thursday, as had been tenuously agreed to the night before. Instead, they waited for Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore and the Rev. Franklin Graham be there to accompany them when they surrendered.

Fiore and Graham were preparing to make their way to the Malheur Wildlife Refuge to help escort out the remaining occupiers Thursday morning.

In a livestream audio stream posted on YouTube, Fiore could be heard directing the individuals still at the refuge to stay calm until she could get to them. Meanwhile, individuals at the refuge reported hearing the sounds of helicopters and a drone overhead.

Fiore asked the occupiers to follow instructions and stay peaceful because "God has his hand in this."

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