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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2011 file photo, Shane Bauer, from left, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd, Bauer's fiance, wave before leaving for the United States after Oman helped mediate their release, at the airport in Muscat, Oman. Oman's announcement on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, that it negotiated the release of foreign hostages held by Yemen's Shiite Houthi rebels is the most recent example of the unassuming sultanate wielding its influence as one of the Middle East's most useful mediators of thorny disputes. (AP Photo/Sultan al-Hasani, File)

Freed U.S. hikers return home

"After 781 days of prison, Shane and I are now free men," a jubilant Joshua Fattal announced, hours after he and Shane Bauer landed at Kennedy International Airport. (AP)