Iran quake dead now total 41,000

TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The death toll from last month's Iranian earthquake in the city of Bam has risen to 41,000 -- and the final figure could hit 45,000.

Iran quake toll reaches 41,000

TEHRAN, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- The death toll for the Iranian earthquake that flattened the ancient city of Bam has risen to 41,000, Sky News reported Friday.

Discrepancies in Iraq weekend firefight

SAMARRA, Iraq, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. military is standing by its reports of killing 54 insurgents in a weekend firefight in Iraq although a local hospital says only eight people died.

Iranian leader backs nuclear treaty

TEHRAN, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Monday he backs Tehran's decision to sign the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Woman sentenced to death for killing chief

TEHRAN, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Human rights activists Sunday decried the death sentence imposed on an Iranian woman who claimed her victim was trying to rape her.

Iran detains thousands of protesters

TEHRAN, June 27 (UPI) -- Iranian security forces have arrested and detained at least 4,000 protesters this month and 2,000 remain in custody, the BBC reported Friday.

Iran Media Watch: Pushing on with Bushehr

LOS ANGELES, June 12 (UPI) -- With the United States continuing to pile the diplomatic pressure on Iran over its ambitious nuclear development program and its alleged harboring of al-Qaeda t

Student protests in Iran continue

TEHRAN, June 15 (UPI) -- Thousands of pro-reform demonstrators took to the streets of the Iranian capital of Tehran for the fifth successive night Sunday.

Analysis: Verdict suggests Islam crisis

WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 (UPI) -- Prolonged student protests in Iran following a death sentence for alleged heresy are a symptom of a larger crisis within Islam, Muslim scholars told United Pres
UWE SIEMON-NETTO, UPI Religion Correspondent

Commentary: Iraqi mouse trips up U.S. cat

Sunday the cat looked more than ever ready to pounce. The little mouse cast around and found two weapons to hand. The cat is now sliding through a patch of oil towards a brick wall marked Palestine.
IAN CAMPBELL, Chief Economics Correspondent

NYMEX got support from Venz labor dispute

NEW YORK, April 5 (UPI) -- An influential Iranian cleric's call for a month-long oil boycott of the west seemed to fall on deaf ears Friday as crude futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange went into a full retreat that was slowed only by an escalation of labor problems in Venez
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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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