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Former foreign service workers win some relief in spending bill

Former foreign service workers win some relief in spending bill

Dozens of former foreign service workers and their families who were held or killed overseas — including the 53 hostages captured in Iran nearly four decades ago — will be compensated for their ordeals as part of the massive federal spending legislation President Barack Obama signed last month.

Tucked into the $1.1 trillion measure to keep federal agencies open through the fall is a provision providing up to $4.4 million to each of the hostages held for 444 days after revolutionaries overran the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979 — a watershed event for U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East.

Though the measure does not fully meet the claims made by some...

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