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At year's end: 2013 marked by milestones and horror

At year's end: 2013 marked by milestones and horror

2013 was a year of milestones and horror: the election of a new pope, the birth of a future king and horrific terrorist attacks in Algeria, Kenya and the United States.
MARCELLA KREITER, United Press International
Iran says it will 'eliminate' Israel if attacked

Iran says it will 'eliminate' Israel if attacked

TEHRAN, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards warned the country's missiles are capable of hitting Israel and said Israel will be "eliminated" if Iran is attacked.
Obama's 'fluffy bun' Iranian nuke deal

Obama's 'fluffy bun' Iranian nuke deal

HERNDON, Va., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen's 1837 fairy tale, "The Emperor's New Clothes," tells of a vain emperor valuing clothes so much he turns a blind eye when duped into believing he is wearing magical new attire.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

Iran's Zarif warns against further sanctions during Iran nuclear talks

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif says any new sanctions by the United States would undermine the interim nuclear pact reached last month in Geneva.

Iran wants better ties with Iraq

TEHRAN, Dec. 5 (UPI) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki he was eager to establish a better relationship with his western neighbor.
Obama's misguided Tehran-bound 'Peace Train'

Obama's misguided Tehran-bound 'Peace Train'

HERNDON, Va., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Iran’s mullahs believe Allah placed a 21st-century Neville Chamberlain in the White House at a most critical time. Unfortunately, they may be right.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

White House denies Obama trip to Iran in the works

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- The White House Monday denied a report that President Obama is scoping out a trip to Iran next year.
IAEA head says Iran invited inspectors to visit two nuke facilities

IAEA head says Iran invited inspectors to visit two nuke facilities

LONDON, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- Iran has invited inspectors to visit a nuclear facility covered by an agreement reached with Western powers, the head of the inspection agency said Thursday.

Unlike Netanyahu, Israeli generals go along with Iran deal

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Despite Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's strident denunciations of the move toward a U.S.-Iranian rapprochement and efforts by the powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington to undo the interim agreement reached in Geneva Sunday, influential former military and intelligence chiefs think otherwise.
WH: Additional Iran sanctions 'complicates' latest diplomatic effort

WH: Additional Iran sanctions 'complicates' latest diplomatic effort

TEHRAN, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Imposing more sanctions against Iran before giving diplomacy a chance would "undermine our credibility" on the sanctions' goals, the White House said Tuesday.

After Iran-U.S. deal, a changing of the Guards?

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, Nov. 25 (UPI) -- One of the big questions raised by the ground-breaking rapprochement between Iran and the West, and the diplomatic triumph of Iran's new reformist president, is how the Revolutionary Guards, the country's elite military force, will take to the move away from decades of ideological hostility toward the West.

Kerry to travel to Switzerland for Iran nuke talks

GENEVA, Switzerland, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Switzerland "to help narrow the differences" in negotiations in Iran's nuclear program, the State Department said.
Netanyahu: No nuclear weapons for Iran

Netanyahu: No nuclear weapons for Iran

MOSCOW, Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Iran must not be allowed nuclear weapons, Israel's prime minister said Thursday in meeting members of the Jewish community in Moscow.
Crude oil treads water as Iran nuclear talks begin in Geneva

Crude oil treads water as Iran nuclear talks begin in Geneva

NEW YORK, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Crude oil prices slid marginally Wednesday morning, holding above $93 per barrel in New York with traders focused on the fate of sanctions against Iran.

World powers try to reach nuclear deal

(UPI) --World powers will meet in Geneva, Switzerland Wednesday in order to try and hash out a deal regarding Iran's nuclear program.
Justin Salhani
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Ali Khamenei
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks to those gathered during Friday prayer on February 13, 2004, in Tehran, Iran. There is only one week before Iran's Parliament Election..(UPI Photo/Ali Khaligh)
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Ayatollah Seyed Ali Hoseyni Khāmene’i (Persian: سید علی حسینی خامنه‌ای, Azerbaijani: سید علی حسینی خامنه‌ای - Seyyid Əli Xameneyi, pronounced  ( listen); born 17 July 1939), is an Iranian politician as the figurative head of the Muslim conservative establishment in Iran and Twelver Shi'a marja. In 2010, Forbes selected him 26th in the list of 'World's Most Powerful People'.

He was president of Iran from 1981 to 1989, and has been Supreme Leader of Iran since June 1989 when the Assembly of Experts appointed him to succeed Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini. He has been described as one of only three people having "important influences" on the Islamic Republic of Iran (the other two being the founder of the republic, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and the president of Iran for much of the 1990s, Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani). So far, the biggest challenge to his leadership has been the mass protests following the June 2009 presidential elections. Khamenei, however, continued to strongly support Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's policies and re-election. Khamenei was the victim of an attack aimed to assassinate him in June 1981 which paralyzed his right arm.

The origin of Ali Khamenei family is from Tafresh in today Markazi province .the ancestors of Ali Khamenei had migrated from their original home in Tafresh to Tabriz.Born in Mashhad, he is second eldest of eight children, and two of his brothers are also clerics. His younger brother, Hadi Khamenei, is a notable newspaper editor and cleric. Ali Khamenei is half Iranian Azeri and his mother is a Yazd-native

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