Iranian clerics want rape accuser arrested

BEIRUT, Lebanon, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Leading Iranian clerics have called for the arrest of a cleric-politician who says protesters were raped in a Tehran prison, sources said.
Iranian prosecutors warn against dissent

Iranian prosecutors warn against dissent

TEHRAN, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- An Iranian prosecutor warned Monday that anyone criticizing a massive trial of 100 government opponents as illegitimate would be prosecuted.

Iran prez denies rift with supreme leader

TEHRAN, July 31 (UPI) -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad compared his relationship to Iran's Supreme Leader to that of a father and son Friday.
140 demonstrators freed in Iran

140 demonstrators freed in Iran

TEHRAN, July 28 (UPI) -- About 140 Iranian demonstrators were freed from one prison Tuesday and officials said Iran's supreme leader has ordered a second prison closed.

Group: Iran reins in lawyers

TEHRAN, July 16 (UPI) -- Changes to Iranian law on the legal profession would give the government control over who can practice law, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

Iranian leader warns against interference

TEHRAN, July 6 (UPI) -- The supreme leader of Iran said Monday his country would "react" to internal interference from Western nations.
Leading clerics condemn Iranian election

Leading clerics condemn Iranian election

CAIRO, July 5 (UPI) -- A powerful group of clerics is publicly supporting Iranians who believe their nation's presidential election was rigged, political observers said.

Khamenei warns against agitation

TEHRAN, June 29 (UPI) -- Both sides in the Iranian political dispute should avoid stirring up emotions and instead seek resolutions through legal means, the supreme leader said.

Ayatollah: Rioters are enemies of God

TEHRAN, June 26 (UPI) -- A senior Iranian cleric close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called rioters enemies of God during a Friday sermon.
Mousavi says he will continue fight

Mousavi says he will continue fight

TEHRAN, June 25 (UPI) -- Iranian presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi told his supporters Thursday he plans to continue the fight against the "election fraudsters."
19 protesters reported dead in Tehran

19 protesters reported dead in Tehran

TEHRAN, June 20 (UPI) -- At least 19 people were killed Saturday in clashes between police and protesters in Tehran, hospital sources told CNN.
June 19, 2009

June 19, 2009

North Korea may be planning to test a missile by firing it toward Hawaii, U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said.
By United Press International
Honor election results, Khamenei says

Honor election results, Khamenei says

TEHRAN, June 19 (UPI) -- Iran's supreme leader Friday appealed for calm and criticized those who questioned the results of the presidential vote, sparking massive protests.

Candidates not to blame for Iran violence

TEHRAN, June 17 (UPI) -- The supreme leader of Iran said vandalism and other crimes amid protests in the wake of the disputed election were not related to presidential candidates.

Power struggle said ongoing in Iran

TEHRAN, June 16 (UPI) -- A power struggle is taking place between Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, and former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, analysts say.
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Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
An Iranian soldier salutes in front of a placard of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a military parade on September 22,2009 in Tehran, Iran marking the beginning of the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian

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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