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Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of former Iranian president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was sentenced to six months in prison for making anti-government statements, semi-official Mehr News Agency reported Tuesday.

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Iran issues arrest warrant for former president's sonupdated: Tue Nov 23 2010 13:38:00

Iran's judiciary has issued an arrest warrant for the son of senior cleric and former Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, according to Iran's semiofficial Fars News Agency.

Ebadi: The voice of the Iranian people must be heardupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 06:49:00

This week two of Iran's most well-known clerics, Ayatollah Hashemi Rafsanjani and Grand Ayatollah Mousavi Ardebili, who served as head of Iran's judiciary system under Ayatollah Khomeini's administration, have visited with the country's supreme leader Ali Khamenei.

Iran protests mark anniversaryupdated: Fri Feb 12 2010 06:49:00

CNN's Ivan Watson analyzes the latest protest videos apparently coming out of Iran.

Moussavi: Shah's 'tyranny' continues in Iranupdated: Tue Feb 02 2010 20:23:00

Mir Hossein Moussavi, the Iranian opposition leader and symbol of anti-government fervor, lashed out against Iranian authorities on Tuesday, saying remnants of the "tyranny" and "dictatorship" that prevailed under the toppled Shah of Iran's regime persist today.

Commentary: Iran confronts rape, torture allegationsupdated: Sat Aug 22 2009 12:51:00

Troubling news of kidnapping, rape, torture, and murder is flooding out of Iran.

Iran's Ahmadinejad criticizes rival Rafsanjaniupdated: Mon Aug 17 2009 21:39:00

There was a smile, a quick wave hello, a brief chat. Yet, despite the exchange of pleasantries, the simmering tensions between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and one of the nation's most powerful clerics became quickly evident at a major ceremony in Tehran on Monday.

Iran speaker rejects detainee rape claimsupdated: Wed Aug 12 2009 22:01:00

Iran's influential parliament speaker dismissed allegations that post-election detainees were raped while in custody, calling the claims by an opposition leader "sheer lies," state-run media reported Wednesday.

Iranian speaker calls for detainee rape probeupdated: Tue Aug 11 2009 07:23:00

Iran's influential parliament speaker has called for an investigation into allegations that post-election detainees were raped while in custody, state-run media said.

Iranian reformist demands investigation into treatment of detaineesupdated: Sun Aug 09 2009 19:07:00

A former Iranian presidential candidate is calling on one of the Islamic republic's most powerful clerics to approve a special committee to investigate alleged mistreatment of detainees arrested in the aftermath of the disputed presidential elections.

Moussavi, Khatami blast Iran trialsupdated: Sun Aug 02 2009 21:59:00

Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi and reformist former President Mohammad Khatami on Sunday blasted the trials of people arrested in post-election demonstrations.

Iran: Former president blasts post-election trialsupdated: Sun Aug 02 2009 11:06:00

Iran's reformist former President Mohammad Khatami Sunday blasted the trials of people arrested in demonstrations as an "insult" to Iran and Islam.

Iran's supreme leader issues warning to oppositionupdated: Tue Jul 21 2009 04:51:00

Iran's supreme leader warned the political opposition Monday not to "direct the society toward insecurity."

Clashes as key Iranian cleric warns leadersupdated: Sat Jul 18 2009 07:19:00

One of Iran's most powerful clerics, Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, called Friday for the release of people arrested after last month's disputed presidential election.

Rafsanjani: Release prisonersupdated: Sat Jul 18 2009 07:19:00

After weeks of silence, leading reformist cleric Ayatollah Rafsanjani takes to the podium during Friday prayers in Iran.

Ex-Iranian president seeks to free detaineesupdated: Fri Jul 03 2009 22:18:00

Iranians worried about their loved ones detained in the protests that followed the presidential election got the ear of a former president, who wants the detainees released, an Iranian reformist party newspaper reported on Thursday.

Influential Iranian cleric: Vote fallout a 'tangled mess'updated: Sun Jun 28 2009 18:21:00

After more than two weeks of silence amid Iran's violent election fallout, former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani -- a key Iranian cleric -- emerged Sunday to call out "suspicious sources" who are creating a rift between the public and the Islamic government.

Clerics join Iran protestsupdated: Sun Jun 28 2009 18:21:00

A group of clerics taking part in an anti-government protest represents a blatant act of defiance.

Where is Rafsanjani?updated: Sun Jun 28 2009 01:39:00

CNN's Ivan Watson looks at one man behind the powers in Iran: Hashemi Rafsanjani.

Powerful ex-President Rafsanjani remains quiet in election falloutupdated: Sun Jun 28 2009 01:39:00

He's a key Iranian politician whose name is on the lips of opponents, supporters and experts alike in the bloody aftermath of the Iran's presidential elections.

Iran's security council tells Moussavi to back offupdated: Sat Jun 27 2009 21:36:00

Members of Iran's influential National Security Council have told opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi that his repeated demands for the annulment of the June 12 election results are "illogical and unethical," state media reported.

'They started beating everyone'updated: Thu Jun 25 2009 10:55:00

A witness describes beatings at a new protest under way in downtown Tehran.

Amanpour: Dented Khamenei faces battle of willsupdated: Thu Jun 25 2009 10:55:00

Despite his threats of "consequences" and the subsequent beatings and shooting deaths by government agents, the open protests on Iran's streets by hundreds of thousands of people have dented the shield of invincibility of Iran's Supreme religious Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, say sources in Iran.

Analysis: Rafsanjani holds the cards, but close to vestupdated: Wed Jun 24 2009 14:26:00

Iran stands at a crossroads between the opposition movement and the Islamic regime, which has cracked down on protesters who dispute the election results that gave President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a second term.

Commentary: Is Iran's ruthless crackdown working?updated: Wed Jun 24 2009 09:15:00

The effectiveness with which Iran's security forces have dealt with the worst outbreak of political violence since the 1979 Islamic revolution illustrates the scale of the challenge faced by the Green Revolution's supporters in changing the way the country is governed.

Iranian women stand up in defiance, flout rulesupdated: Tue Jun 23 2009 16:37:00

A young Iranian woman named Neda is gunned down in one of the most iconic images of the last week. Another walks down the street, defiantly showing off her hair and body in a revealing dress. And still another woman says she's not scared of paramilitary forces -- no matter how many times she gets beaten.

'They hit the women'updated: Tue Jun 23 2009 16:37:00

CNN's Ivan Watson talks to a 19 year old woman in Iran about the clashes with government forces.

Iran slams 'meddling West' over electionupdated: Mon Jun 22 2009 10:40:00

Iran stepped up allegations Monday against the West of "meddling" in its disputed presidential election even as its election authority reportedly acknowledged that the number of ballots cast in dozens of cities exceeded the number of eligible voters in those areas.

CNN reporting from Tehranupdated: Thu Jun 18 2009 22:26:00

CNN's Reza Sayah reports that protesters have engaged in a new silent strategy, and it's working.

Iran's supreme leader once a student revolutionary himselfupdated: Thu Jun 18 2009 22:26:00

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was once a student revolutionary himself, perhaps not much different from the thousands of protesters who this week have taken to the streets in Iran.

Analysis: Iran's conservative leadership divided amid unrestupdated: Thu Jun 18 2009 16:49:00

There are signs that the ongoing protests against last week's presidential election results may be starting to divide Iran's conservative leadership.

Iranian-Americans say history is at handupdated: Wed Jun 17 2009 18:02:00

Some Iranian-Americans, watching the post-election unrest in Iran, say the tug-of-war between the people and their hardline government has come to a head after three decades.

Iranian political drama unfolds as election nearsupdated: Wed Jun 10 2009 23:03:00

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad further fueled the unprecedented drama in Iranian politics ahead of Friday's national elections, giving a fiery response Wednesday to harsh criticism from one of the country's top politicians and other critics.

Political rallies jam Tehran's streets ahead of key voteupdated: Wed Jun 10 2009 11:39:00

The sidewalks of Iran's capital are jammed with political rallies, just days before the Islamic republic decides on its next president.

Ahmadinejad accused of tainting Iran's image in TV debateupdated: Thu Jun 04 2009 12:08:00

In an unprecedented move in Iranian politics, a reformist presidential candidate accused President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of tainting the country's image by questioning the Holocaust and by wielding a reckless leadership style.

Ahmadinejad lashes out at Iran's ex-presidentsupdated: Thu Jun 04 2009 01:04:00

It's a first for Iran: a series of debates televised live ahead of the upcoming presidential elections next week. And Wednesday's was one to remember.

Time.com: Iran Denounces Support of Israelupdated: Fri Sep 26 2008 22:00:00

A former Iranian president warned the West on Friday that its support for Israel would backfire

Time.com: What Iran's Poll Results Meanupdated: Sun Mar 16 2008 21:55:00

A big turnout and conservative win may be good news for Ahmadinejad, but all was not lost for moderates

Anger on the streets of Beirutupdated: Thu Feb 28 2008 20:47:00

CNN's Brent Sadler reports on the troubling war rhetoric playing out on the streets of Beirut, Lebanon.

Iranian students protestupdated: Tue Oct 09 2007 09:36:00

University students shouted 'dictator' as Iran's president spoke on opening day of classes. CNN's Zain Verjee reports.

Iran says it joins 'countries with nuclear technology'updated: Tue Apr 11 2006 12:30:00

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad confirmed Tuesday that his country has successfully produced low-grade enriched uranium at a level sufficient to power nuclear plants.

A land of contradictionsupdated: Wed Jul 06 2005 11:51:00

The band jams in a tiny room atop a Tehran building, their music full of heartbreak, their mood subdued. There is no audience, as rock 'n' roll is banned here and on the streets below.

Iran's New Handupdated: Tue Jun 28 2005 16:17:00

Hard-liner is not a nice word, even for hard-liners. So, immediately after his stunning landslide last week, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad declared that as Iran's new President, he would not be shutting Iran off from the rest of the world or curtailing the Internet or taking the country back to the 9th century.

Rumsfeld slams Iran's 'mock' electionsupdated: Sun Jun 26 2005 14:58:00

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on Sunday called Iran's presidential election invalid and the winner "no friend of democracy."

Victor: Iran's nuke program peacefulupdated: Sun Jun 26 2005 09:04:00

Iran's President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has vowed to pursue a peaceful nuclear program and said Iran does not need the United States to make progress.

Iran official alleges election fraudupdated: Sat Jun 25 2005 06:50:00

An official with Iran's Interior Ministry has accused Iran's Guardian Council of election fraud in the presidential runoff vote and said he was arrested when he objected to voting irregularities, Iran's official news agency reported.

Victor wants 'modern Islamic' Iranupdated: Sat Jun 25 2005 06:08:00

In his first public statement since his landslide victory, Iran's President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said he wants to create a "modern, advanced and Islamic" role model for the world.

Hardline mayor wins Iran runoffupdated: Fri Jun 24 2005 21:43:00

Tehran Mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad -- a hard-line conservative who has said Iran should embrace the principles of the 1979 Islamic Revolution -- was declared the winner of Iran's presidential election early Saturday, garnering about 62 percent of the votes, the Interior Ministry said.

Iranians await election resultsupdated: Fri Jun 24 2005 04:21:00

Polling stations closed late Friday in Iran's presidential runoff between a moderate conservative former president and Tehran's hard-line conservative mayor.

Iranians choosing new presidentupdated: Fri Jun 17 2005 12:09:00

Polls for Iran's tightly contested presidential election closed Friday at 11 p.m. (2:30 ET), but individuals still waiting in line were being allowed to vote, officials said.

Campaigns end in tight Iran voteupdated: Thu Jun 16 2005 05:23:00

Candidates in Iran's presidential election have ended their campaigning ahead of Friday's closely contested vote, with moderate cleric and former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani appearing to lead the race.

Rafsanjani: U.S. must do moreupdated: Tue Jun 14 2005 15:48:00

Former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani -- now seeking another term as the Islamic republic's elected leader -- said Tuesday the United States has been hostile toward his country for more than 30 years.

Iran's pragmatic face updated: Mon May 23 2005 11:09:00

Did Iran benefit most from Bush's Middle East Policy?

Palestinians, world mark Arafat burialupdated: Fri Nov 12 2004 09:13:00

Palestinians and friends of their cause in the Arab world and around the globe have marked Yasser Arafat's burial and expressed support for the struggle he led.

Iran 'boosts missile range'updated: Tue Oct 05 2004 07:20:00

Iran's missiles can now hit targets as far away as 2,000 kilometers (1,250 miles), a senior figure has been quoted as saying.

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