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Ex-Iranian intel officer says Iran, not Libya, behind Lockerbie attack

EDINBURGH, Scotland, March 11 (UPI) -- The 1988 Lockerbie jetliner bombing was payback for the U.S. Navy's downing of an Iranian airliner six months earlier, an ex-Iranian intelligence officer says.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, Feb. 14, 2014.
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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.
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Time for scholars to examine Iranian opposition

BALTIMORE, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The P5+1 nuclear negotiations in Geneva this week have the world asking whether there isn't a better way to address the Iranian nuclear problem.
IVAN SASCHA SHEEHAN, UPI Outside View Commentator
Iran: Lessons learned

Iran: Lessons learned

WASHINGTON, July 29 (UPI) -- The author's experiences in Iran can provide lessons for current policies in dealing with Tehran.
ANDRE LE GALLO, UPI Outside View Commentator

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UPI Almanac for Monday, June 3, 2013.
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UPI Almanac for Friday Feb. 1, 2013.
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Iranian sanctions do little to deter nuclear program

Iranian sanctions do little to deter nuclear program

Intimidation is the name of the game in the Middle East, and the game is played on every stage imaginable.
ANTHONY HALL, United Press International

Iran: Hard-liners play rough as poll nears

TEHRAN, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- The arrest of two children of former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani days is seen as an attempt to ensure he doesn't run in 2013 presidential elections.

Rushdie: 'Outrage machine' behind protests

NEW YORK, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- The protests against an obscure anti-Muslim video made in the United States have been whipped up by the "outrage machine," Salman Rushdie says.

U.S. should unleash Iran's opponents

LONDON, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- The author states that the best way to forestall the threat of a nuclear armed Iran is regime change and freeing the Iranian Resistance would be a major step in that direction.
MURIEL TURNER, UPI Outside View Commentator

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, June 3, 2012.
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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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