NEWS ABOUT: Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

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Clock Ticking, Ayatollah Deals Blow to Iran Nuke Deal

Appears to undercut negotiators in new speech

(Newser) - A Sunday deadline is looming for Iran to strike a nuclear deal with six world powers under a plan set in motion last year —but with just days to go, Iran's supreme leader has made the chances of a deal being forged in time look supremely unlikely. In... More »

Iraq Loses Control of Western Border

ISIS miltants seize key border crossings

(Newser) - Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters have taken another step toward making their name a reality with the weekend seizure of two key border crossings in western Iraq. Though the news that they took four key towns (Qaim, Rutba, Rawa, and Anah) in two days was reported yesterday, the... More »

Iran's Supreme Leader Denies Holocaust

Ayatollah reiterates belief in speech for new year

(Newser) - So much for the moderate new Iran. The nation's supreme leader today marked the start of the Persian New Year by denying the Holocaust, reports Haaretz . "The Holocaust is an event whose reality is uncertain and, if it happened, it's uncertain how it happened," Ayatollah Ali... More »

Ayatollah: Nuclear Talks 'Will Lead Nowhere'

Pessimism high as talks resume today in Vienna

(Newser) - Negotiators from Iran and six other nations will convene today in Vienna to try to hammer out a permanent follow-up to Iran's temporary nuclear deal , but expectations aren't exactly soaring. "The nuclear negotiations will lead nowhere," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei predicted yesterday, echoing the feelings of many... More »

The Ayatollah Has Billions in Seized Assets

Affords him great power

(Newser) - In the first of the three-part investigation into the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Reuters reveals that he controls a vast but little-known organization worth tens of billions of dollars, an empire built by seizing properties from ordinary Iranians. The organization, Setad Ejraiye Farmane Hazrate Emam, now holds stakes in just about... More »

No Handshake: Obama, Iran President Won't Get Together

For Tehran, it's 'too complicated'

(Newser) - US-Iran relations may be on the upswing, but a much-anticipated handshake between presidents Obama and Hasan Rouhani never materialized on the sidelines of today's UN meeting, reports NBC News . The White House had requested a quick meeting between the two leaders, but Iran balked because it was "too... More »

Iran Wants to Make a Deal

Rouhani writes encouraging op-ed in Washington Post

(Newser) - Iran thinks it's poised to finally bury the hatchet with the US and strike a sanctions-ending nuclear dealbecause officials believe President Obama offered that kind of rapprochement in his letter to newly-elected moderate Hasan Rouhani, a top Iranian adviser tells the New York Times . In Iran's reading,... More »

Iran's Rouhani Sworn in, Vows 'Peace, Stability'

But calls for 'respect' instead of sanctions

(Newser) - Hasan Rouhani was sworn in today as Iran's president, reports the BBC , vowing a government that would serve voters' call for moderation and hope. "All of those who voted, whether they voted for me, someone else, or even if they didn't vote, all of them are Iranian... More »

US Wants Talks With Iran's New President— and Soon

But Hasan Rowhani says he won't halt nuclear enrichment

(Newser) - The US is hoping the election of Iran's most moderate presidential candidate will be a step forward in nuclear negotiations as he calls for a "new era" in Iran. It's time for the country to "follow the path of moderation and justice, not extremism," Hasan... More »

Iran Moderate Wins Presidential Election

Cleric Hasan Rowhani takes more than 18M votes

(Newser) - Cleric Hasan Rowhani will be Iran's next president. The country's Interior minister announced today that Rowhani—considered the most moderate candidate in the race—has won this weekend's presidential election, gaining more than 18 million votes—just over 50% of the 36.7 million cast, which is... More »

Iran Leader Votes, Says 'to Hell With' US

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has refused to endorse a candidate

(Newser) - Voting kicked off today in Iran's presidential election, with Ayatollah Ali Khamenei casting his ballot bright and early—and offering a not-exactly-diplomatic message to the US. "Recently I have heard that a US security official has said they do not accept this election," state-run media quoted the... More »

686 Hopefuls Vying to Replace Ahmadinejad

Rafsanjani enters race at last minute

(Newser) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's time is nearly up and nearly 700 candidates are vying to replace him as president of Iran, CNN reports. Iranian authorities say 686 hopefuls have registered for the election next month—but all the candidates need to be vetted by the Guardian Council controlled by Supreme Leader... More »

Ayatollah Nixes Direct US-Iran Talks

Foreign minister had offered some support

(Newser) - Iran's supreme leader has rejected proposals for direct talks with United States, apparently quashing suggestions for a breakthrough dialogue on the nuclear standoff and other issues. Today's statement posted on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's website marks his first reaction to the proposals for the one-on-one talks, which received... More »

Iran Weighs Plan to Cause Oil Spill: Report

Such a spill in the Persian Gulf would boost oil prices

(Newser) - Iran's latest idea: cause an oil spill in the Persian Gulf that would punish the West and force its leaders to play nice with Tehran, the Jerusalem Post reports. Such a spill would also drive up oil prices, induce Western countries help clean it up, and perhaps lead them... More »

Feeling the Heat? Iran Floats 9-Point Plan to Stop Nukes

US says it's a non-starter, but it could be a sign ayatollah is worried: NYT

(Newser) - Iran is pushing a new nine-point plan to stop enriching uranium, but the US views the terms as so ridiculous—sanctions go away with little guarantee that Tehran will make good on the promise—that it looks to be a non-starter, reports the New York Times . This false start holds... More »

Tehran Shuttered After Currency Protests

Police seek to keep peace at major bazaar

(Newser) - The effects of yesterday's protests —and clashes—over Iran's sinking currency are still being felt in Tehran, with the shops of the city's Grand Bazaar closed today. Police are patrolling the area, which is set to reopen Saturday. Meanwhile, trade groups are saying Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's... More »

Wake Up, Obama; Iranian 'Barbarians' Want Blood

The Wall Street Journal thinks it's time to take Ahmadinejad seriously

(Newser) - George Orwell once remarked that seeing "what is in front of one's nose needs a constant struggle." It's a struggle President Obama is failing when it comes to Iran, the editors at the Wall Street Journal opine in today's paper. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad this week dismissed... More »

Angered by Egypt, Syrians Storm Out of Summit

Mohamed Morsi praises Syrian uprising at Nonaligned Movement Summit

(Newser) - Egypt's new president arrived in Iran today for a historic visit, the AP reports—and he promptly sparked a walkout at the Nonaligned Movement Summit. Mohamed Morsi, the first Egyptian leader to visit Iran since Tehran cut diplomatic relations with Egypt in 1979 over its peace treaty with Israel,... More »

Ayatollah Praises Obama Peace Remarks

But he's not happy about threat of more Iran sanctions

(Newser) - Iran's supreme religious leader had some rare words of praise for the US yesterday. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said he welcomed President Obama's efforts to cool down "casual" talk of war with Iran , reports the Christian Science Monitor . "This talk is good talk, and shows an exit... More »

Anti-Ahmadinejad Faction Wins Big in Iran Elections

Attempt to confront Iran's Supreme Leader led to Ahmadinejad's losses

(Newser) - In a battle of conservative hardliners versus conservative hardliners in Iran's elections on Friday , the winners were ... the conservative hardliners. But in this case, it is the conservatives opposed to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who appear to have come out on top, taking upward of 80% of the seats in... More »

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