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Women’s groups hold out hope for revived rights in Iran elections

Iran’s presidential election is offering a flicker of hope to activists hoping to revive women’s rights after they deteriorated during the eight years of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presidency. The ailing economy, hit hard by international sanctions against Iran’s vital oil income which has sparked high inflation, has grabbed the spotlight in…

Dozens of leaders to Chavez funeral, from Cuba to Iran

Venezuelan officials boasted that up to 55 world leaders will attend the state funeral of President Hugo Chavez on Friday, including US bugbears Cuba, Iran and Belarus. Interim leader Nicolas Maduro said heads of state or government from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean have confirmed their attendance…

Ahmadinejad issues challenge to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became Iran’s president seven years ago, he made his presence felt through incendiary statements targeted at Israel and the west. Now, in his dying days in office, he is going out all guns firing. Only this time he is taking aim at the edifice of the political system…

Iran unveils futuristic-looking warplane

Iran on Saturday unveiled a fighter jet it said was designed and built domestically, with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad touting it as “one of the most advanced” aircraft in the world. State television footage showed the grey, futuristic-looking aircraft, code-named Qaher (Conqueror) F-313, displayed in a hangar. The warplane “is among…

Clinton warns Iran over Iraq

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Iran on Sunday not to “miscalculate” in Iraq, saying the US military presence in the region would remain strong after the withdrawal of all American combat forces at the end of the year. “No one, most particularly Iran, should miscalculate about our…

Iranian president criticizes student’s flogging

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke out Tuesday against the weekend flogging of a student convicted of insulting him, saying other, more powerful people criticised him with impunity, the presidency website said. “Since influential people can freely defame us, I disapprove of flogging a young man for insulting the president,” Ahmadinejad said…

Iranian filmmaker banned from travel to Lebanon

BEIRUT — The director of an Iranian film documenting violence in the runup to the 2009 presidential vote has been banned from travel to Lebanon, where his film was set to be screened, an organiser said on Sunday. “Today we found out that Iranian director Nader Davoodi will not be…

Iran repeats opposition to two-state solution

Any plan to divide a Palestinian state would be unacceptable, Iran’s supreme leader said on Saturday, adding that such a state could exist temporarily as part of “liberated territory.” Israel’s prime minister responded by saying his country would respond to these “hateful” remarks by redoubling its focus on security and…

U.S. leads mass walkout of Ahmadinejad U.N. speech

UNITED NATIONS — The United States on Thursday led a mass walkout of the UN General Assembly when Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad launched an outspoken attack on Western nations. A US diplomat left halfway through the Iranian leader’s speech, while the 27 European Union nations followed in a coordinated protest…

WATCH LIVE: Iran’s President Ahmadinejad speaks at United Nations

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and other world leaders were expected to speak to the United Nations Thursday. Watch this live video from MSNBC, broadcast Sept. 22, 2011. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy…

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