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  • Men wait in line at a polling station to vote during presidential elections in Qom, 125 kilometers (78 miles) south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Friday, June 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

    Iran's leader jabs U.S. as presidential vote begins

    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.


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    Rafsanjani's disqualification from Iranian presidential race stuns Tehran

    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.


  • Associated Press 

Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (center) is flanked by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei (left), chief of the Expediency Council, and Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Mr. Rafsanjani, who previously served as president of Iran and remains a political force, favors a more moderate approach to the West.

    West might welcome Rafsanjani to power in Iran

    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.


  • Briefly

    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.


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