• This undated handout image provided by the friend of Nizar Zakka Inc., shows, Zakka, a Lebanese technology expert and advocate for Internet freedom, second right, posing with his relatives at an unidentified location. Zakka, was arrested in Tehran in September after being invited by the Iranian government to attend a conference there. Although no charges have been announced, Iranian media has accused him of being an American spy, allegations vigorously rejected by his family and associates. (Friends Nizar Zakka Inc. via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    APNewsBreak: Lebanese man held in Iran had past US contracts

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A nonprofit organization headed by a Lebanese citizen held prisoner in Iran received grants totaling $730,000 from the U.S. government for projects in the Middle East, The Associated Press has learned.