According to Reuters, the U.S. State Department said that it was aware of reports of the detention of a U.S. citizen held in Iran for more than six months, amid heightened tensions between the countries. Michael R. White, a 46-year-old U.S. Navy veteran, was seized while visiting Iran and has been held in jail since July on unspecified charges. When asked about the reports, a U.S. State Department spokesman said: “We are aware of reports of the detention of a U.S. citizen in Iran.”

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