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Iran president: Trying to restrict the Internet like bringing a wooden sword to a gunfight

By Mehrdad Balali DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran should embrace the Internet rather than see it as a threat, President Hassan Rouhani has said, in remarks that challenge hardliners who have stepped up measures to censor the Web. Rouhani, a comparative moderate elected last year, said trying to win the battle…

UPDATE: Moderate cleric Hassan Rohani to be Iran’s next president

Update: DUBAI (Reuters) – Moderate cleric Hassan Rohani has won Iran’s presidential election, Interior Minister Mostafa Mohammad-Najjar announced on state television on Saturday. Najjar said 72 percent of the 50 million eligible Iranians had turned out to vote, and that Rohani had secured just over the 50 percent of the…

Iran to ‘respond with full force’ to military threat

Iran “will respond with full force” to any attack — or even any threat of military action — the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told students at a Tehran military college on Thursday. “The enemies, especially America and its stooges and the Zionist regime (Israel), should know that it…

Iraqi ‘resistance’ forced U.S. pull-out: Khamenei

TEHRAN — The Iraqi people’s “unified resistance” forced the United States to pull its military out of their country, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said Sunday. The national defiance “which finally resulted in America being forced to withdraw from Iraq is a golden page in the history of this…

Sen. Feinstein: U.S. on ‘collision course’ with Iran

WASHINGTON — A leading Democrat warned Sunday that United States and Iran are on a “collision course” as Tehran steps up its nuclear program and escalates hostilities with its alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi envoy to Washington. But Dianne Feinstein, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said this…

Iran’s supreme leader calls U.S. accusations meaningless

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Saturday U.S. accusations that two Iranians planned to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington were “meaningless,” state TV reported. “A meaningless and nonsensical accusation has been raised against a few Iranians in America, which was made into an…

Obama says Iran to face toughest possible sanctions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama warned Iran on Thursday it would face the toughest possible sanctions for an alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington, as Treasury officials eyed action against the Iranian central bank. Saudi Arabia on Thursday accused Iran of fomenting instability but pledged a…

Iran judiciary denies U.S. hikers’ release is imminent

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s judiciary said on Wednesday the release on bail of two U.S. citizens convicted of espionage was not imminent, state media reported, rejecting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s announcement that they will be freed in a couple of days. Analysts say the contrast between the judiciary’s statement and Ahmadinejad’s…

Iran protesters clash with police in Egypt aftermath

TEHRAN – Iranian riot police fired tear gas and paintballs at protesters holding anti-government demonstrations in Tehran on Monday, websites and witnesses said, drawing a stern rebuke from Washington. Police moved in when crowds of opposition supporters gathered in the capital’s Azadi (Freedom) Square began chanting “Death to the Dictator!”…

Iran wants Israeli PM to face trial over flotilla raid

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday called for Israel’s prime minister and defence minister to face trial for the deadly raid on a Gaza aid flotilla in the eastern Mediterranean. The United States, Britain and France must also be held accountable for Monday’s Israeli raid on the flotilla…

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