Iran's Khatemi decides against run

TEHRAN, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami has decided against making a third run for the office and instead will endorse another reform candidate, sources say.

Iran shakes up Oil Ministry

TEHRAN, Oct. 15 (UPI) -- Iran sacked a top official in the Oil Ministry in what is widely seen as a move by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to increase his control over the energy sector.

Iran slams U.S.-Iraqi SOFA

TEHRAN, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on the Iraqi government to avoid succumbing to U.S. demands for a security deal with Washington.

Turkey pushes for Iranian gas deal

ANKARA, Turkey, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Turkish Energy Minister Hilmi Guler said Wednesday his country would push for a joint gas production deal with Iran.

Iran's satellite booster likely to have ICBM capability

WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad announced last week in New York that his Islamic Republic is planning yet another "satellite launch" using a new, unnamed booster rocket.

Ahmadinejad says U.S. power waning

TEHRAN, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asserts the era of world powers is ending.
Ahmadinejad: There are gays in Iran

Ahmadinejad: There are gays in Iran

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad conceded this week there are "a few" homosexuals in his country.
Peres: Iranian president 'gust of wind'

Peres: Iranian president 'gust of wind'

JERUSALEM, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Israeli President Shimon Peres said Thursday that Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad simply unites people against his country.

Iran, Pakistan to form IPI firm

NEW YORK, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- Iran and Pakistan on the sidelines of the U.N. meeting in New York agreed to create a joint company to create revenue for a gas pipeline project.

Ahmadinejad says Iran won't be bullied

UNITED NATIONS, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday his country would not let "a few bullying powers" hinder its nuclear development program.
Ahmadinejad: Wars caused U.S. meltdown

Ahmadinejad: Wars caused U.S. meltdown

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says U.S. military operations are partly responsible for the trouble in financial markets.
Honorary Ahmadinejad event criticized

Honorary Ahmadinejad event criticized

NEW YORK, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- A scheduled New York event meant to honor Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is "obscene," Catholic League President Bill Donohue said Monday.
Iran: No hostility to Israeli people

Iran: No hostility to Israeli people

TEHRAN, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says that while he opposes the state of Israel, his enmity doesn't extend to the Israeli people.

UAE gas deal corrupt, Iran says

TEHRAN, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said a contract to sell Iranian gas to Crescent Petroleum Co. in the United Arab Emirates was unfair and corrupt.

Ahmadinejad warns against NATO talks

TBILISI, Iran, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says NATO should not interfere with the Caucacus states following Russia's recent incursion in the Republic of Georgia.
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Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
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

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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