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Iran's Parliament votes to dismiss Minister of Science Reza Faraji-Dana

Iran's Parliament votes to dismiss Minister of Science Reza Faraji-Dana

TEHRAN, Aug. 20 (UPI) --The Iranian Parliament voted Wednesday to impeach Minister of Science Reza Faraji-Dana.
JC Finley
UPI Almanac for Wednesday, June 25, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, June 25, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, June 25, 2014
By United Press International
UPI Almanac for Friday, June 13, 2014

UPI Almanac for Friday, June 13, 2014

UPI Almanac for Friday, June 13, 2014
By United Press International
Iranian Ministry of Culture shuts down two newspapers in two days for crime of untainted reporting

Iranian Ministry of Culture shuts down two newspapers in two days for crime of untainted reporting

TEHRAN, May 11 (UPI) --Iranians expecting to buy Thursday's issue of Ghanoon were disappointed not to find as the publication has been forced to close by the Ministry of Culture.
Matt Bradwell
UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 11, 2014

UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 11, 2014

UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 11, 2014
By United Press International
Iran reportedly blocks WhatsApp because it's owned by Mark Zuckerberg

Iran reportedly blocks WhatsApp because it's owned by Mark Zuckerberg

TEHRAN, May 5 (UPI) -- Iran has reportedly blocked the WhatsApp messaging service because it is owned by "American Zionist" Mark Zuckerberg, who was raised Jewish.
Aileen Graef
UPI Almanac for Wednesday, April 9, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, April 9, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, April 9, 2014
By United Press International
Iran and Russia working on oil-for-goods deal

Iran and Russia working on oil-for-goods deal

TEHRAN, April 7 (UPI) -- The director of the National Iranian Oil Co. said talks with Russia for a deal to swap oil for goods have taken on a serious tone.
Daniel J. Graeber

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, April 5, 2014.
By United Press International

Iran says it's not an EU colony

TEHRAN, March 12 (UPI) -- Despite outreach efforts with the West, Iran will not be treated like a "colony" of the European Union, a member of Iran's Parliament said Wednesday.

Iran irked with Ashton for meeting women dissidents

TEHRAN, March 10 (UPI) -- An Iranian military leader said Monday he was frustrated that Catherine Ashton, the foreign policy chief for the EU, met with women dissidents in Tehran.

Iran's Rouhani takes on Revolutionary Guards in detente drive

TEHRAN, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, faces a crucial year that could produce a historic détente between the Islamic Republic and The Great Satan to end 35 years of fierce confrontation and dramatically alter the Middle East's geopolitical landscape.

Snowden: Orwell's '1984' 'nothing' compared to NSA spying

LONDON, Dec. 25 (UPI) -- George Orwell's fictional Big Brother monitoring everyone's lives is "nothing" compared to surveillance today, U.S. secrets leaker Edward Snowden says on TV.
At year's end: 2013 marked by milestones and horror

At year's end: 2013 marked by milestones and horror

2013 was a year of milestones and horror: the election of a new pope, the birth of a future king and horrific terrorist attacks in Algeria, Kenya and the United States.
MARCELLA KREITER, United Press International

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.
By United Press International
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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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