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Iran: U.S. action could mean fuel shutoff

TEHRAN, June 4 (UPI) -- Iran's leader has threatened to disrupt the flow of oil if the United States takes action in response to accusations Tehran is developing nuclear weapons.

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Today is Saturday, June 3, the 154th day of 2006 with 211 to follow.
By United Press International

Afghan president tours Iran

TEHRAN, May 28 (UPI) -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai paid tribute to the late Ayatollah Khomeini, laying a wreath on his grave during a ceremony in Tehran.

The Almanac

This is Tuesday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2006 with 320 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, Feb. 1, the 32nd day of 2006 with 333 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Monday, Jan. 30, the 30th day of 2006 with 335 to follow.
By United Press International

Rushdie calls for reform of Islam

LONDON, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Muslim author Salman Rushdie says a reform movement among Muslims is needed to bring the core concepts of Islam into the modern age.

Moderate cleric as Iran president

TEHRAN, June 24 (UPI) -- Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a pragmatic conservative, won a third term as Iran's president defeating hardline Tehran Mayor, Mahmoud Ahmedinejad.

Rep. Weldon says Iran key to insurgency

WASHINGTON, June 12 (UPI) -- Iran may not have the largest number of insurgents in Iraq, but what it lacks in quantity, it makes up for in quality, Rep. Curt Weldon, R-Pa., said Sunday.

Iran honors would-be Rushdie assassin

TEHRAN, June 8 (UPI) -- While Britain denies there ever was an attack, a grave marker in Tehran trumpets "the first martyr to die on a mission to kill Salman Rushdie" in London.

The Almanac

Today is Friday, June 3, the 154th day of 2005 with 211 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

This is Monday, Feb. 14, the 45th day of 2005 with 320 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, Feb. 1, the 32nd day of 2005 with 333 to follow.
By United Press International

The Almanac

Today is Sunday, Jan. 30, the 30th day of 2005 with 335 to follow.
By United Press International

Ayatollah renews call for Rushdie's death

LONDON, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- British authorities are downplaying an Iranian leader's reaffirmation of a fatwa against author Salman Rushdie.
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Ayatollah Khomeini
Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei speaks during a ceremony marking of the 17th anniversary of Khomeini's death at his mausoleum in Tehran, Iran, June 4, 2006. A picture of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini is seen at left. (UPI Photo/Mohammad Kheirkhah)
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Grand Ayatollah Sayyed Ruhollah Mostafavi Moosavi Khomeini (Persian: روح‌اللّه مصطفوی موسوی خمینی, Persian pronunciation: , 22 September 1902 – 3 June 1989) was an Iranian religious leader and politician, and leader of the 1979 Iranian Revolution which saw the overthrow of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran. Following the revolution and a national referendum, Khomeini became the country's Supreme Leader—a position created in the constitution as the highest ranking political and religious authority of the nation—until his death.

Khomeini was a marja ("source of emulation", also known as a Grand Ayatollah) in Twelver Shi'a Islam, but is most famous for his political role. In his writings and preachings he expanded the Shi'a Usuli theory of velayat-e faqih, the "guardianship of the jurisconsult (clerical authority)" to include theocratic political rule by the Islamic jurists.

In the Muslim world abroad he was described as the "virtual face in Western popular culture of Islam," known for his support of the hostage takers during the Iranian hostage crisis and his fatwa calling for the death of British citizen Salman Rushdie. Khomeini has been referred to as a "charismatic leader of immense popularity," considered a "champion of Islamic revival" by Shia scholars.

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