U.S. has removed military option, Iranian leader says

U.S. has removed military option, Iranian leader says

TEHRAN , June 4 (UPI) --Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei proclaimed the Obama administration has removed a U.S. military option against Iran from consideration.
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Iranian court summons Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Iranian court summons Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

MENLO PARK, Calif., May 27 (UPI) --An Iranian judge has ordered Facebook CEO Mark Zukerberg to appear before the court because of privacy complaints against Instagram and WhatsApp.
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Ayatollah: West is "stupid" to think I'll curb Iran's nuclear missile program

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TEHRAN, May 11 (UPI) --Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei called Western expectations that Iran will curb its nuclear program "stupid" according to the state-controlled IRNA.
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High-level talks on Iran's nuclear program enter second day

VIENNA, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- Delegates from Iran and six world powers met for a second day Wednesday in Austria in a fresh round of talks over Iran's nuclear program, officials say.

Iranian supreme leader not optimistic about nuclear talks

TEHRAN, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said nuclear talks between Iran and the P5-plus-1 countries won't be successful but he won't object to them.
Ayatollah: U.S. lying about desire for regime change

Ayatollah: U.S. lying about desire for regime change

TEHRAN, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- Iran's supreme leader said the United States is lying when it says it is not pursuing an agenda of regime change in the Islamic republic.

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MONTREUX, Switzerland, Jan. 21 (UPI) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was in Switzerland Tuesday to meet with participants of two groups discussing a political end to Syria's bloody civil war.

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QOM, Iran, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said Thursday the Islamic republic should move cautiously in discussing nuclear issues with Western rivals.
Ayatollah says nuclear talks expose U.S. disdain for Iran

Ayatollah says nuclear talks expose U.S. disdain for Iran

TEHRAN, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Talks on Iran's nuclear program expose the U.S. government's animosity for the republic, Islamic Revolution leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei said Thursday.
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EDINBURGH, Scotland, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The violent arrest in Iraq of leading Sunni Member of Parliament Ahmed al-Alwani marks yet another step in that country's rapid descent into sectarian anarchy and civil war.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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)

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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