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Iran says protest planners will fail as MPs rage

TEHRAN – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Tuesday those behind anti-government protests in Iran will fail, as furious lawmakers demanded the execution of opposition chiefs who had called for the rallies. US President Barack Obama, in one of his most direct reactions to Monday’s events in Iran, offered encouragement to…

Amid fresh protests, Iranian lawmakers demand opposition leaders be hung

Furious Iranian lawmakers on Tuesday demanded the hanging of opposition leaders who called anti-government protests which left two people dead, saying they had been “misled” by Iran’s arch-foes. But in one of his most direct reactions to events in Iran, US President Barack Obama offered encouragement to protesters, saying he…

Hundreds march in Iranian opposition rally

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Hundreds of Iranians marched toward a Tehran square on Monday in a banned rally supporting popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, but their way was blocked by police and security forces, witnesses said. The march was a test of strength for the reformist opposition, which has not…

Iran Guards making ‘astronomical profits’ from sanctions: Opposition leader

TEHRAN — Opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi has said Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards back sanctions against Tehran as they make “astronomical profits” from the punitive measures, a website said on Sunday. “I believe that part of the Iranian rule as well as the Revolutionary Guards are in favour of sanctions as…

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