Last Quds Day for President Ahmadinejad

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TEHRAN, May 22 (UPI) -- The declining reputation of Iran and its related economic problems are the true enemies of the Islamic republic, former President Ali Akbar Rafsanjani said.
Crowded race for Iranian presidency

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Iran sets sights on global LNG market

TEHRAN, April 15 (UPI) -- The launch of a refinery in central Iran means the country can start plans to export liquefied natural gas, Deputy Oil Minister Alireza Zeighami said.
Israel a 'cancerous tumor,' Iran says

Israel a 'cancerous tumor,' Iran says

TEHRAN, June 4 (UPI) -- The supreme leader of Iran described Israel as a "cancerous tumor" during Friday prayer celebrations honoring the late Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Strange Shiite bedfellows

MANIPAL, India, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- The Shiite branch of Islam is regarded as heresy by followers of Wahhabism, an Islamic school of thought founded in the 18th century by Abdul Wahhab. Extreme adherents of this faith routinely visit violence on Shiites, and every one of its preachers condemns the Shiites as un-Islamic.
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Friday prayers in Iran denounce nukes

TEHRAN, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- A sermon Friday in Iran by Ayatollah Mohammad Emami Kashani reiterated Islamic doctrine forbidding nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction.

Iran first or religion first

TEHRAN, April 30 (UPI) -- Those in power in Iran wish to assume leadership of the Muslim "ummah," or diaspora. However, a bad economic situation has resulted in a shift of public opinion toward those who favor an "Iran first" rather than a "religion first" policy.
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Iran's influence growing in Iraq

WASHINGTON, Oct. 12 (UPI) -- Suddenly, Iran's growing influence in Iraq is top of the national security agenda again in Britain and America. The influence is real, massive and growing. More
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Analysis: Shiite power rises in Iraq

WASHINGTON, April 7 (UPI) -- A Kurd and a Shiite emerged Thursday as the rulers of a nation that for more than 80 years has been regarded as a pillar of the Sunni Arab Muslim world. Will it
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Analysis: U.S. overlooked Shiite factor

WASHINGTON, June 4 (UPI) -- A little more than two months after the crushing coalition defeat of Iraq's armed forces, ominous signs are emerging that the U.S. and British occupation policy
Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini

Ruhollah Mousavi Khomeini (Persian: روح الله موسوی خمینی, pronounced   ( listen); 24 September 1900 – 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 or marja al-taqlid ("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 Islamic jurists.

Beloved by most Iranians he was "the Imam, an ascetic spiritual leader whose teachings are unquestioned." Both his return from exile and his funeral were occasions of great emotional outpouring for millions.

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