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Obama's 'fluffy bun' Iranian nuke deal

Obama's 'fluffy bun' Iranian nuke deal

HERNDON, Va., Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen's 1837 fairy tale, "The Emperor's New Clothes," tells of a vain emperor valuing clothes so much he turns a blind eye when duped into believing he is wearing magical new attire.
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

EU Parliament to visit Iran without preconditions

LONDON, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- The European Parliament's delegation for relations with Iran is set to travel to Iran this week. If it goes ahead as planned, this will be the first official visit by the Parliament to Iran in six years.
ABBAS REZAI, UPI Outside View Commentator
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.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, Oct. 28, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013.
By United Press International
Tehran, London moving closer to formal diplomatic relations

Tehran, London moving closer to formal diplomatic relations

TEHRAN, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The Iranian and British governments are taking the necessary steps to restore formal bilateral diplomatic relations, Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman said.

U.S. said to have canceled drone delivery to Turkey

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Washington canceled delivery of 10 Predator drones to Turkey after Ankara divulged the names of 10 Iranians who spied for Israel, a Turkish newspaper reported.
West needs to heed Iran's 'kill, kill again' message

West needs to heed Iran's 'kill, kill again' message

HERNDON, Va., Oct. 22 (UPI) -- Following yet another senseless round of fruitless talks with Iran on its nuclear program, Tehran remains just as committed to building a nuclear arsenal as it does to killing "Alireza M."
JAMES ZUMWALT, UPI Outside View Commentator

Iranian president promises to ease censorship

TEHRAN, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- Iran's new president tweeted back and forth with the social medium's chairman over Iran's Facebook and Twitter ban, promising to ease Internet censorship.
The Issue: Iran's nuclear program -- are talks for real?

The Issue: Iran's nuclear program -- are talks for real?

Newly installed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been on a charm offensive this month trying to convince the West Tehran has no intention of building nuclear weapons but whether he actually reflects the true intent of the mullahs who actually run the country or is just blowing smoke is a complicated question.
MARCELLA KREITER, United Press International

Iran's president condemns Holocaust as a crime

NEW YORK, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called the Holocaust "reprehensible and condemnable" but said the crime didn't justify Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013.
By United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013.
By United Press International
Rouhani offers talks on Iran's nuclear program

Rouhani offers talks on Iran's nuclear program

WASHINGTON, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told the U.N. General Assembly Tuesday Iran is ready to engage in talks on its nuclear program "with full transparency."

Possibility of Obama-Rouhani meeting evaporates

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and U.S. President Obama will not meet Tuesday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, U.S. officials said.
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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is seen during the his farewell ceremony on January 8, 2012 in Tehran, Iran. Ahmadinejad leaves for five-day trip to Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador. UPI/Maryam Rahmanian
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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Persian: محمود احمدی‌نژاد Mahmūd Ahmadinezhād  ( listen), English: /ɑːkməˈdɪnɨʒɒd/; born 28 October 1956) is the sixth and current President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the main political leader of the Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran, a coalition of conservative political groups in the country. An engineer and teacher from a poor background, Ahmadinejad joined the Office for Strengthening Unity after the Islamic Revolution. Appointed a provincial governor, he was removed after the election of President Mohammad Khatami and returned to teaching. Tehran's council elected him mayor in 2003. He took a religious hard line, reversing reforms of previous moderate mayors. His 2005 presidential campaign, supported by the Alliance of Builders of Islamic Iran, garnered 62% of the runoff election votes, and he became President on 3 August 2005.

Ahmadinejad is a controversial figure both within Iran and internationally. He has been criticized domestically for his economic lapses and disregard for human rights. He launched a gas rationing plan in 2007 to reduce the country's fuel consumption, and cut the interest rates that private and public banking facilities could charge. He supports Iran's nuclear energy program. His election to a second term in 2009 was widely disputed and caused widespread protests domestically and drew significant international criticism. In 2011 the presence of a so-called "deviant current" among his aides and supporters led to the arrest of several of them.

Ahmadinejad was born near Garmsar in the village of Aradan, in Semnan province. His father, Ahmad, was an ironworker, grocer, barber, blacksmith and religious Shi'a who taught the Qur'an. His mother, Khanom, was a Seyyede, an honorific title given to those believed to be direct bloodline descendants of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. Ahmadinejad's father changed his name from "Sabourjian" or "Sabaghian" when Ahmadinejad was four years old to avoid discrimination when the family moved to Tehran, as the rural name indicated a lowly social standing. Sabor is Persian for thread painter, a once common occupation within the Semnan carpet industry. Ahmadinejad was chosen as it means from the race of Ahmad, one of the names given to Muhammad.

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