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Iran’s president-elect calls Israel ‘wound’ on Muslim world

DUBAI (Reuters) – Two days ahead of his inauguration as Iran’s next president, moderate cleric Hassan Rouhani called Israel a “wound” on the Muslim world that must be removed, and urged Iranians to support the rights of Palestinians, Iranian media reported on Friday. The remarks echoed the strong anti-Israel sentiment…

Iran’s Ahmadinejad warns Israel will be ‘uprooted’

Iran’s outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned arch-foe Israel Friday in one of his last public speeches that a regional storm was brewing that would “uproot” the Jewish state. “I will inform you with God as my witness, a devastating storm is on the way that will uproot the basis of…

Iranian released from U.S. prison to be deported: official

WASHINGTON — An Iranian whose release reportedly had been sought by Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is undergoing deportation proceedings after serving a five year prison sentence for arms smuggling, a US official said Tuesday. Amir Hossein Ardebili, who was arrested in October 2007 in the Republic of Georgia and extradited…

Anti-Ahmadinejad MPs dominate new Iran parliament

TEHERAN — Iran’s parliament looks certain to be dominated by MPs critical of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, according to preliminary election results that also showed a big turnover in lawmakers. The partial results, from elections held last Friday, accounted for two-thirds of the 290 seats in parliament. However the composition, given…

Iran launches observation satellite: media

Iran on Friday launched an observation satellite into orbit above Earth, its third since 2009, the official IRNA news agency reported. “The Navid satellite was launched successfully…. It will be placed into an orbit (at an altitude) between 250 and 370 kilometres,” IRNA quoted the head of Iran’s Space Organisation,…

In Cuba, Iran leader says capitalism ‘in decay’

HAVANA — Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad slammed capitalism as bankrupt and called for a new world order Wednesday on a visit to Cuba, steering clear of the controversy over his country’s nuclear program. The Iranian leader arrived in Cuba for talks with his counterpart Raul Castro as the Islamic republic…

Daughter of Iranian ex-president on trial for anti-regime ‘propaganda’

TEHRAN — The daughter of Iranian former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani is standing trial on charges of making anti-regime propaganda, her lawyer was quoted as saying on Sunday after a closed hearing. “After the court told her about her accusation of propaganda against the regime, she and I gave our…

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…

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