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Iran's top leader gave a salty rebuke Friday to U.S. questions over the openness of the presidential contest in the Islamic Republic, telling Washington "the hell with you" after casting his ballot in a race widely criticized in the West as rigged in favor of Tehran's ruling system.
Mehr News, one of Iran's many semi-official news outlets, managed to leak the list of eight presidential finalists a day early. And Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of the two surviving founding members of the Islamic republic, a pillar of the Islamic Revolution, was not among them.
The political obituary of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has been written several times — when he lost a comeback presidential bid, when he was dumped from leading Friday prayers at Tehran University, when he was pushed out as head of a panel that will pick Iran's next supreme leader.
Iran's leaders have accused the West of "enmity" and "bullying" policies after recent nuclear talks with world powers in Moscow ended without progress, according to media reports Thursday.
On July 23, 2001, a former senior Iranian intelligence officer,Abolghasem Mr. Mesbahi,learned that Iran's plan to strike the United States had been activated. Mr. Mesbahi knew it was important and real because he had worked on this plan previously, when he had helped set up Iran's intelligence service, the MOIS, as far back as the mid-1980s. Mr. Mesbahi - known outside Iran as one of a core of "Assassins"- told German intelligence, which had given him protected status as a key witness in German prosecutions of brutal Iranian assassinations of dozens of dissidents.
Iranian authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the son of former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani on charges of helping foment last year's postelection unrest, state radio reported Tuesday.
While the world rightly sanctions Iran over its nuclear proliferation, it is has been far less forceful in censuring the appalling human rights abuses in the Islamic republic. Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, a 43-year-old mother of two, anxiously awaits her impending stoning sentence. The Tehran regime has announced that the execution of political prisoner Jaafar Kazemi is imminent. His crime? Refusing to appear on state television to denounce the activities of his teenage son, who has joined the opposition People's Mujahideen Organization of Iran (PMOI) in Iraq's Camp Ashraf. Last month, the regime amputated the hands of six men accused of stealing.
CAIRO (AP) — The United States is on a concerted campaign to discourage foreign energy companies from doing business in Iran. But analysts say Iran's investment woes are its own fault — it could dodge international pressure and attract more foreign money by simply offering better deals.