Thailand approved transfer of 3 Iranians as Australian freed

BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand says it transferred three Iranians involved in a botched 2012 bomb plot back to Tehran, as Iran released an Australian academic who was imprisoned for more than two years on spying charges. Thai officials declined to call it a swap and Iran referred to the men as “economic activists.” But the arrangement acknowledged Thursday freed academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert and saw the three men linked to a wider bomb plot targeting Israeli diplomats return home to a hero’s welcome. Tehran long has denied being behind the 2012 bomb plot and is hoping for tensions with the U.S. to ease under President-elect Joe Biden.