Iranian leader may be denied U.S. visa

WASHINGTON, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Iran's newly-elected President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad may be denied a visa to enter the United States to address the United Nations next month.

Iran's new president sworn in

TEHRAN, Aug. 3 (UPI) -- Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called for eliminating all weapons of mass destruction after being sworn in Wednesday.

Report: Iran leader opposed embassy taking

TEHRAN, July 30 (UPI) -- Iranian President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reportedly opposed the 1979 occupation of the U.S. embassy in Tehran when he was on a student council board.

EU to offer nuclear carrot to Iran

BRUSSELS, July 28 (UPI) -- The European Union is ready to provide Iran with a steady supply of nuclear fuel for civil use if Tehran guarantees to freeze its nuclear enrichment program.

New Iran president vows support to Iraq

TEHRAN, July 18 (UPI) -- Iranian President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad assured visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari Iran is ready to help restore security and order in Iraq.

West criticism of Ahmadinejad downplayed

TUNIS, Tunisia, July 7 (UPI) -- An Iranian diplomat Thursday brushed aside Western criticisms of President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as aimed at portraying Iran as non-democratic.

Rafsanjani won't challenge election result

TEHRAN, July 5 (UPI) -- Former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani will not challenge the result of the presidential election which he lost to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Ahmadinejad said among embassy kidnappers

TEL AVIV, Israel, July 4 (UPI) -- Former Iranian president Bani Sadr reportedly confirmed that President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was one of the kidnappers at the U.S. Embassy in 1979.

State Dept.: Photo not Iran's president

WASHINGTON, July 2 (UPI) -- The State Department has concluded that Iran's president-elect is not the student militant seen in a photograph from the 1979 takeover of the U.S. embassy.

Iran leader denies '79 U.S. hostage role

LONDON, June 30 (UPI) -- Newly elected Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Thursday denied involvement in the 1979 hostage-taking of 52 people from the U.S. embassy in Tehran.

Moscow reaches out to Iran

MOSCOW, June 29 (UPI) -- Russian officials have reached out to Iran's new leadership, saying that Moscow is keen to build more nuclear reactors in the Islamic republic.

Bush, Schroeder take tough Iran line

WASHINGTON, June 27 (UPI) -- President Bush told reporters Monday that he and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder have agreed to take a tough position on Iran's nuclear program.

Iran's president-elect vows moderation

TEHRAN, June 26 (UPI) -- Iran's new hard-line president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Sunday said his government's policies will be based on moderation.

Rafsanjani supports elected Iran president

TEHRAN, June 26 (UPI) -- Defeated Iranian presidential candidate Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani Sunday urged Iranians to support president-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iran's nuclear program won't change

TEHRAN, June 26 (UPI) -- Iran said Sunday its nuclear program and strategy would not change with the election of new hard-line president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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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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