Iranian political figure switches jobs

TEHRAN, July 26 (UPI) -- A controversial Iranian politician switched posts from first vice president to adviser to the president, the state-run news agency reported Saturday.

Foundation of the Islamic republic falters

TEHRAN, June 26 (UPI) -- Unrest in the wake of the Iranian election has moved from a challenge to the election results to one of the political system, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Washington should engage Iran -- expert

WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) -- Washington may need to push ahead with engagement with Iran despite the sense that the clerical leadership in Tehran does not need legitimacy to stay in power.

Khamenei calls for Muslim unity

TEHRAN, March 12 (UPI) -- The Organization of the Islamic Conference should work to resolve regional disputes in order to unite the Muslim world, Iran's supreme leader said.

Khamenei offers praise to Pakistan

TEHRAN, March 11 (UPI) -- Pakistan and Iran enjoy strong ties and friendly diplomatic relations, Iran's Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told visiting Pakistani officials.

Iranian resistance calls for U.S. support

PARIS, March 2 (UPI) -- The Iranian resistance movement called on U.S. President Barack Obama to provide security assurances to its members in Iraq's Diyala province.

Talabani arrives in Tehran

TEHRAN, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Iraqi President Jalal Talabani met with his Iranian counterpart in Tehran on Friday to launch three days of talks on trade relations.

Chalabi briefs Iranian advisers in Baghdad

BAGHDAD, Iran, Feb. 9 (UPI) -- Iraq's Ahmad Chalabi spoke with top advisers to Iranian Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Baghdad about the need to strengthen ties between the two countries.

Iran refuses latest nuclear incentive plan

TEHRAN, May 5 (UPI) -- Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini said Monday Tehran would refuse any incentives meant to persuade Iran to halt uranium enrichment.

Iran accuses Israel, U.S. for Iraq blasts

TEHRAN, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Iran's grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused Israel and the U.S. of responsibility for attacks that killed 60 people in Shiite Iraqi cities Sunday.

Iran slams silence on 'Israeli crimes'

TEHRAN, Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Iran's Supreme leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Friday

Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Hoseyni Khāmene’i (علی حسینی خامنه‌ای, pronunciation (help·info) born 17 July 1939), also known as Ali Khamenei, is an Iranian politician and cleric. He has been Supreme Leader of Iran since 1989 and before that was president of Iran from 1981 to 1989. He has been described as one of only three people having "important influences" on the Islamic Republic of Iran, the other two being Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, leader of the revolution, and Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, president of Iran for much of the 1990s. Currently, Khamenei is the commander-in-chief of the armed forces of Iran.

Born to an Iranian Azeri father and a Yazd-native mother in Mashhad, Ali Khamenei began religious studies before completing elementary education.

The son of a cleric, 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.

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