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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.

Unlike Netanyahu, Israeli generals go along with Iran deal

TEL AVIV, Israel, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Despite Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's strident denunciations of the move toward a U.S.-Iranian rapprochement and efforts by the powerful pro-Israel lobby in Washington to undo the interim agreement reached in Geneva Sunday, influential former military and intelligence chiefs think otherwise.
WH: Additional Iran sanctions 'complicates' latest diplomatic effort

WH: Additional Iran sanctions 'complicates' latest diplomatic effort

TEHRAN, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Imposing more sanctions against Iran before giving diplomacy a chance would "undermine our credibility" on the sanctions' goals, the White House said Tuesday.
Fallacy of a moderate mullah

Fallacy of a moderate mullah

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 23 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama must not fall for claims of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani being a moderate
RAMESH SEPEHRRAD, UPI Outside View Commentator
Rouhani's election

Rouhani's election

HERNDON, Va., July 2 (UPI) -- Iranian President-elect Hassan Rouhani is likely to take nuclear discussions “back to the past.”
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator
Eight days to shape Iran's future

Eight days to shape Iran's future

LONDON, June 14 (UPI) -- This month, two major events in the Iranian political calendar will take place only a matter of days apart: Iran's presidential elections began Friday and the largest gathering of Iran's opposition movement is to take place in Paris just eight days later.
MARK WILLIAMS, UPI Outside View Commentator
Polls open as six vie to become Iran's next president

Polls open as six vie to become Iran's next president

TEHRAN, June 14 (UPI) -- As millions of Iranians cast ballots in the country's presidential election, one candidate has been reaching out to reformists in recent days.
Iran: Khamenei the real winner in presidential election

Iran: Khamenei the real winner in presidential election

TEHRAN, June 13 (UPI) -- With the Revolutionary Guards poised to crash down on any political protests, Iran goes to the polls Friday in a presidential election in which the real winner will be the Islamic Republic's dour supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Political 'surgery' on the eve of Iranian elections

LUXEMBOURG, May 30 (UPI) -- The Iranian resistance is set to reiterate its demands for democratic change and a non-nuclear Iran in an upcoming grand gathering in Paris on June 22.
FIROUZ MAHVI, UPI Outside View Commentator

Predicting Iran's political future

LONDON, May 29 (UPI) -- The upcoming elections in Iran may signal the start of a process that will replace the ruling clerics.
MURIEL TURNER, UPI Outside View Commentator

What to make of Rafsanjani's disqualification

WASHINGTON, May 28 (UPI) -- The Iranian regime's presidential election took dramatic turns last week when the Guardian Council disqualified former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.
ALIREZA JAFARZADEH, UPI Outside View Commentator

Iran brushes off election criticism

TEHRAN, May 23 (UPI) -- U.S. statements on the Iranian election process show a profound misunderstanding of the country's political system, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said.
Top opposition candidate barred from Iran's presidential election

Top opposition candidate barred from Iran's presidential election

TEHRAN, May 22 (UPI) -- The leading opposition-backed candidate in Iran's presidential election was not on the list of eight candidates allowed to run, the Interior Ministry said.

An ill wind from Tehran

HERNDON, Va., May 21 (UPI) -- June 14 presidential election in Iran may already have a foregone conclusion -- and it's likely an ill wind blowing form Tehran.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

Iran's Rafsanjani draws conservative criticism

TEHRAN, May 17 (UPI) -- Iranian presidential hopeful Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani has a history of making "huge" political mistakes, a conservative rival candidate contends.

Critics line up against Iran's Rafsanjani

TEHRAN, May 15 (UPI) -- The political record of Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani should be examined given his last-minute bid for president, his critics said.

Iran: 'The Shark' challenges regime in poll

TEHRAN, May 13 (UPI) -- The last-minute entry of Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani into June's Iranian elections poses a major challenge to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Rafsanjani throws curve into Iranian elections

TEHRAN, May 11 (UPI) -- The front-runners for the upcoming Iranian presidential election include a former president and a top aide to the current leader, election officials said.

Is Iran widening its shadow war with West?

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 9 (UPI) -- Cases in Kenya and Nigeria suggests Iran is using Africa as a new front is it's clandestine war against the United States and Israel.

Daughter of Iran's Rafsanjani freed

TEHRAN, March 20 (UPI) -- The daughter of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani was released from prison after serving a six-month term, her lawyer said.

Queue grows for Iranian president

TEHRAN, March 18 (UPI) -- Former Iranian Minister of Housing and Urban Development Mohammad Saeedikia said Monday he was competing for the presidency.

Rafsanjani backs away from Friday sermon

TEHRAN, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Former Iranian President Hashemi Rafsanjani declined to deliver this week's Friday prayers out of fear of backlash as the opposition movement appears to wane.

Rafsanjani to deliver Friday prayers

TEHRAN, July 13 (UPI) -- Former Iranian President Ali Hashemi Rafsanjani is slated to deliver Friday prayers this week for the first time since the disputed June 12 elections.

Power struggle said ongoing in Iran

TEHRAN, June 16 (UPI) -- A power struggle is taking place between Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, and former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, analysts say.

Rafsanjani to sue Ahmadinejad for slander

TEHRAN, June 5 (UPI) -- The family of former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani announced Friday it will sue President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for slander.
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