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Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reiterates his anti-nuclear weapons stance. CNN's Reza Sayah reports.

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Iran: Not 'pursuing nuclear weapons'updated: Tue Mar 20 2012 19:39:00

A top adviser to Iran's supreme leader says negotiations with the U.S. can help end the crisis over its nuclear program.

Contain Israel, compel Iranupdated: Thu Mar 15 2012 12:28:00

President Obama faces a delicate balancing act in trying to contain Israel from launching a military strike while compelling Iran to halt its nuclear ambition. How he plays his hand will be a true test of his ability to pull a rabbit out of a hat.

Iran leader consolidates power, vote results suggestupdated: Sun Mar 04 2012 07:35:00

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, appeared to gain ground in his power struggle with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as preliminary results came in from parliamentary elections.

Iran's election: What it meansupdated: Sun Mar 04 2012 07:35:00

Iran's government claims victory over internal opponents and the country's western rivals. CNN's Ivan Watson reports.

Ahmadinejad's sister loses in Iran voteupdated: Sat Mar 03 2012 17:11:00

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's sister lost her bid for a seat in the nation's parliamentary elections, a result seen as a blow to the controversial leader and, according to one analyst, a "possible sign of fraud."

Iran prepares for first vote since 2009 demonstrationsupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 01:40:00

Campaign workers distributed campaign leaflets and plastered candidate posters along the Iranian capital's tree-lined streets in the final days before Friday's parliamentary elections.

Will Iran tensions lead to war?updated: Tue Feb 21 2012 08:21:00

In the face of economic sanctions and international condemnation, Iran remains defiant over its nuclear energy program.

Military action against Iran inevitable?updated: Wed Feb 08 2012 21:54:00

Barbara Starr reports on the mixed signals over possible future military action against Iran by the U.S. or Israel.

Iranian Parliament summons Ahmadinejad for questioningupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 21:54:00

Iranian lawmakers have summoned President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to answer questions before Parliament about his management of economic policies and key government ministers.

Iran's leader: War would be detrimental to U.S.updated: Fri Feb 03 2012 12:13:00

The supreme leader of Iran issued a blunt warning Friday that war would be detrimental to the United States -- and that Iran is ready to help anyone who confronts "cancerous" Israel.

Scientist death 'like script from movie'updated: Sun Jan 15 2012 06:34:00

Robert Baer tells Anderson Cooper he believes a dissident group was involved in the death of a nuclear scientist.

Iran threatens Israel, U.S. over scientist killingupdated: Sun Jan 15 2012 06:34:00

Israel and the United States are "supporters of state terrorism" and will suffer a "punitive response" at an "opportune time," Iran's Press TV cited a top Iranian general as saying Sunday, days after an Iranian nuclear scientist was killed.

Iranian supreme leader blames U.S., Israel for scientist's deathupdated: Fri Jan 13 2012 14:28:00

Iran's top cleric has blamed the CIA and Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency, for killing an Iranian nuclear scientist, Iran's state broadcaster said.

Iran's supreme leader hints at future election changesupdated: Sun Oct 16 2011 19:12:00

Iran's parliament could pick the country's leaders "in the distant future" rather than having Iranians elect a president by popular vote, the Islamic republic's supreme leader suggested Sunday.

Iran's judiciary seems to cast doubt on hikers' imminent releaseupdated: Wed Sep 14 2011 23:46:00

The Iranian judiciary said Wednesday it is considering a request for setting bail in the case of two American hikers convicted of spying and sentenced to eight years in prison.

Hikers' release a 'humanitarian gesture'updated: Wed Sep 14 2011 23:46:00

Iran's president tells NBC's "Today" that freeing two jailed U.S. hikers is a "humanitarian gesture".

Iran court says it is considering bail for American hikersupdated: Wed Sep 14 2011 17:12:00

The Iranian judiciary said Wednesday it is considering a request for setting bail in the case of two American hikers convicted of spying and sentenced to eight years in prison.

Ahmadinejad losing ground in Iran power struggle, analysts sayupdated: Thu May 26 2011 01:12:00

Iran's vital oil industry appears to be the latest front in a power struggle between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei -- a fight that overseas analysts say the colorful president appears to be losing.

Iran's supreme leader overrules president on intelligence chiefupdated: Sun Apr 17 2011 21:58:00

A rumored rift between Iran's two most powerful leaders surfaced Sunday when Ayatollah Ali Khamenei overruled President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's acceptance of the resignation of the country's intelligence minister.

Tehran streets mostly empty after protesters clash with policeupdated: Mon Feb 14 2011 18:07:00

Tens of thousands of demonstrators who marched in Tehran in defiance of the Iranian government were largely cleared from the city's streets by nightfall.

Relief, optimism and clean-up in Egyptupdated: Mon Feb 14 2011 18:07:00

Thousands of Egyptians are celebrating the historic regime change for a second day in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Iranian leader links risings in North Africa to Iran's revolutionupdated: Fri Feb 04 2011 07:44:00

Iran's supreme leader praised the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia Friday and said they echo his country's revolution more than three decades ago, state media reported.

Iran's supreme leader accuses U.S. of supporting bombingsupdated: Wed Jul 21 2010 09:33:00

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has accused the United States of supporting the recent bombings in the southeastern city of Zahedan to stir up religious dissension within the Islamic republic, state media said Wednesday.

Son pleads for help as mother awaits stoning in Iranupdated: Wed Jul 07 2010 12:36:00

Sajjad Mohammedie Ashtiani travels to a Tabriz jail in Iran every Monday to see his mother.

Iran pardons, commutes sentences for dozens of detaineesupdated: Thu Jun 03 2010 21:44:00

Iran's supreme leader has pardoned or commuted sentences for 81 detainees jailed after protests broke out in disputed presidential election, according to Iranian media.

Iranian cleric: Loose women cause quakesupdated: Wed Apr 21 2010 12:50:00

An Iranian cleric becomes a comedic target after saying women who dress provocatively are to blame for earthquakes.

Promiscuous women cause earthquakes, Iran cleric saysupdated: Wed Apr 21 2010 12:50:00

Women who dress provocatively and tempt people into promiscuity are to blame for earthquakes, a leading Iranian hard-line cleric has apparently said.

Iranian leader shuns ancient fire festivalupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 00:13:00

Iran's supreme leader is attempting to extinguish an annual event celebrating the last days of winter and the Persian calendar year, and the government is strengthening its security presence in the days leading up to a major holiday, Iranian media reported.

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.

Intriguing people for February 11, 2010updated: Thu Feb 11 2010 08:18:00

Nelson Mandela: Two decades before he became the first president of a democratic South Africa, Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment in June 1974. Jailed on charges of treason and sabotage -- but fundamentally for his anti-apartheid activities -- he spent nearly 27 years in various prisons. During that time, his mother and son died, and his wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (now his ex-wife), faced continual arrests and harassment, according to his official biography.

U.S., EU to Iran: Stop abuse of Iraniansupdated: Mon Feb 08 2010 21:05:00

The United States and the European Union on Monday called on Iran to "end its abuses against its own people" amid mounting concerns about a potential rise in violence later this week.

Tehran professors decry handling of protestersupdated: Tue Jan 05 2010 01:56:00

Nearly 90 professors at Iran's oldest and largest university signed a letter to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, criticizing the government's violent handling of student protesters.

Ahmadinejad: 'Iran is united'updated: Wed Dec 23 2009 21:23:00

Iran's president insists his country is united, despite reports of new political strife. CNN's Mohammed Jamjoom reports.

Fresh protests, clashes reported in Iranupdated: Wed Dec 23 2009 21:23:00

Reports of more demonstrations filtered out of Iran on Wednesday, including some that mentioned attacks on people mourning the death of a prominent cleric who was critical of the government.

Dissident senior cleric dies in Iranupdated: Sun Dec 20 2009 21:55:00

Senior Iranian dissident cleric Grand Ayatollah Hussein Ali Montazeri died overnight, several state-run Iranian news agencies reported Sunday.

Reports: 3 Iranian prison officials charged in deaths of protestersupdated: Sat Dec 19 2009 20:21:00

Three Iranian prison officials have been charged with murder after three imprisoned protesters were beaten to death in the aftermath of the country's disputed presidential election, Iranian media reported Saturday.

Commentary: World should shun Iranian leaderupdated: Tue Sep 22 2009 06:47:00

This week world leaders will gather in New York for the annual meeting of the U.N. General Assembly. While Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be among them, Iranians reject his claim to leadership. They strongly oppose any meeting or recognition of Ahmadinejad, especially by President Obama.

Iranian leader decries Obama's missile defense planupdated: Sun Sep 20 2009 19:09:00

Iran's supreme leader on Sunday blasted U.S. plans to overhaul the setup for a missile defense shield in Europe, calling the Obama administration's intentions "anti-Iranian," state-run media reported.

Rights groups calls on Iran to probe detainee abuse allegationsupdated: Thu Sep 10 2009 21:02:00

Iran is spending more time investigating the victims of torture and rape behind bars than investigating those who committed such abuses, a human rights group claimed Thursday.

Iran reformist Web site names post-election victimsupdated: Fri Sep 04 2009 22:03:00

An Iranian reformist Web site on Friday released the identities of 72 people it says were killed by government forces in the aftermath of Iran's disputed presidential elections.

Dead Iran detainee's father satisfiedupdated: Tue Sep 01 2009 22:44:00

The father of a detainee beaten to death in an Iranian prison says he's satisfied with the way the Islamic government has handled the case -- even as it serves as proof imprisoned protesters were abused.

Iran prisoner beaten to death, coroner saysupdated: Tue Sep 01 2009 22:04:00

A coroner's report says that a man arrested in the violent aftermath of Iran's presidential elections died from beatings, Iranian media reported Monday in what appeared to be the first official confirmation of a detainee's death from mistreatment.

Report: Iranian prison chief dismissed, arrestedupdated: Sun Aug 09 2009 19:10:00

Authorities have fired and arrested the chief of an Iranian jail that was closed amid allegations of mistreatment of detainees held for protesting June's disputed election, Iranian media reported Sunday.

Ahmadinejad may face bumpy 2nd termupdated: Mon Aug 03 2009 18:35:00

Four years ago, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei kissed Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the cheek before he was sworn in as Iran's new leader.

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.

Trials of Iran election protesters under wayupdated: Sat Aug 01 2009 04:54:00

Trials for nearly 100 Iranians arrested in the aftermath of the disputed June 12 presidential elections began Saturday, two Iranian news agencies reported.

Report: Iran leader orders vote protest jail shut over abuse claimsupdated: Tue Jul 28 2009 08:42:00

Iran's supreme leader has ordered the closing of a prison over reported mistreatment of detainees who protested the presidential vote last month, according to government-backed media.

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."

Ayatollah: Western 'lies' depict Iranians as 'rioters'updated: Mon Jul 06 2009 16:36:00

Iran's supreme leader blamed enemies and outsiders on Monday for the turmoil that followed last month's presidential elections, according to an Iranian news agency.

Commentary: Iran's sons and daughters will winupdated: Mon Jun 29 2009 14:53:00

As the dust settles on battered Iranian streets, the ultra-conservative ruling mullahs appear to have won the first round against reformist rivals. But far from vanquished, the reformist movement has gained momentum, confidence, assertiveness and many new followers.

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.

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.

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.

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.

'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.

Obama letter to supreme leaderupdated: Thu Jun 25 2009 01:05:00

CNN's Christiane Amanpour reports President Obama sent a letter to Iran's supreme leader before the June 12 election.

Khamenei urges tolerance, Iranian media reportupdated: Thu Jun 25 2009 01:05:00

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, urged parliamentarians Wednesday to tolerate the voices of the opposition, government-run Press TV reported.

Violence flares again in Tehranupdated: Wed Jun 24 2009 23:29:00

Security forces wielding clubs and firing weapons beat back hundreds of would-be demonstrators who had flocked to a square in the capital on Wednesday to continue protests against an election they have denounced as fraudulent, witnesses told CNN.

Obama sent letter to Iran leader before election, sources sayupdated: Wed Jun 24 2009 15:59:00

U.S. President Obama sent a direct message to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei weeks before this month's disputed election, Iranian sources said Wednesday.

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.

Zakaria: 'Fatal wound' inflicted on Iranian regime's ideologyupdated: Mon Jun 22 2009 14:33:00

The decisive margin of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's victory in the June 12 election stunned many observers and angered his opponents' supporters, who in the ensuing days took to the streets in protest by the hundreds of thousands.

'How can vote rigging happen?'updated: Sun Jun 21 2009 21:01:00

Ayatollah Khamenei addresses the outrage over the results of the recent Iranian Presidential election.

Police charge protestersupdated: Sat Jun 20 2009 21:37:00

Amateur video shows police charging toward people protesting Iran's election results.

Videos: Watch CNN's coverage of clashes in Iranupdated: Sat Jun 20 2009 21:37:00

Iranian police clad in riot gear dispersed a crowd of demonstrators at the University of Shiraz Saturday by beating them with batons, a video uploaded to Facebook showed.

Supreme leader means businessupdated: Fri Jun 19 2009 22:37:00

CNN's Rick Sanchez talks about Ayatollah Ali Khamenei with his panel.

Chants against West punctuate Khamenei's defiant speechupdated: Fri Jun 19 2009 22:37:00

People in the crowd sang songs of tribute as they waited.

Analysis: Iranian leader's ultimatum to protestersupdated: Fri Jun 19 2009 21:39:00

Iran's supreme leader delivered an impassioned defense of the Islamic Republic on Friday, insisting a majority of Iranians had faith in the existing establishment and issuing a "religious ultimatum" to protesters to end days of street demonstrations triggered by last week's presidential election.

Iran's supreme leader warns protestersupdated: Fri Jun 19 2009 21:34:00

Iran's supreme leader is warning the thousands of people who have been protesting last week's presidential vote to maintain self-restraint or face a stiff reaction from authorities.

Opposition plans another rallyupdated: Fri Jun 19 2009 18:25:00

After Iran's supreme leader sides with the president, CNN's Reza Sayah reports the ball is now in the opposition's court.

More protests planned in Iran as signs of crackdown emergeupdated: Fri Jun 19 2009 18:25:00

Hours after supreme leader Ali Khamenei warned fellow Iranians against continued protests of last week's official election results, plans for further demonstrations appeared to move forward Friday as signs of tightened security emerged.

Britain summons Iran's diplomat over Khamenei's commentsupdated: Fri Jun 19 2009 15:55:00

Britain's Foreign Office summoned a senior Iranian diplomat over comments made Friday by Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a Foreign Office spokesman said.

Iran's supreme leader rejects vote fraud claimsupdated: Fri Jun 19 2009 11:33:00

Iran's supreme leader on Friday rejected opposition claims that last week's presidential elections were rigged, describing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's win as "definitive" and demanding an end to days of protests.

Khamenei denies vote-riggingupdated: Fri Jun 19 2009 11:24:00

CNN's Christiane Amanpour discusses the key points hit by Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in a speech at Tehran University.

Timeline: 2009 Iran presidential electionsupdated: Fri Jun 19 2009 07:34:00

June 12 Presidential elections are held following a campaign that saw huge rallies held in support of both incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and main opposition leader Mir Hossein Moussavi, suggesting the race would be closely fought.

Iranian students protestupdated: Thu Jun 18 2009 17:50:00

An iReporter captures students at Sharif University of Technology protesting election results.

Iran's supreme leader to speak at site of crackdownupdated: Thu Jun 18 2009 17:50:00

Iran's supreme leader will deliver a sermon Friday at Tehran University, just days after a bloody crackdown at the school, according to a statement from the pro-government Basij militia.

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.

Iran 101: Understanding the unrestupdated: Thu Jun 18 2009 08:19:00

For almost a week, tens of thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets in daily protests -- handkerchiefs shielding their faces from the pungency of tear gas, fists punching the air, and chants of "Down with the dictator" echoing against buildings.

Rival demonstrations fill Tehran streetsupdated: Tue Jun 16 2009 21:45:00

Supporters of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his main political rival attended demonstrations at separate locations in Tehran on Tuesday in the wake of last week's disputed presidential election.

Q & A: Was the Iranian election rigged?updated: Mon Jun 15 2009 15:59:00

As protests continue over the disputed presidential elections in Iran, we asked two analysts to explain the background to the controversy.

Commentary: Iran's hardliners are the real losersupdated: Mon Jun 15 2009 12:42:00

With an apparent political coup in Iran by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his supporters over the weekend, the ruling mullahs have dispensed with all democratic pretense and joined the ranks of traditional dictators in the Middle East.

Iranian leader: Obama's rhetoric not enoughupdated: Sat Mar 21 2009 11:20:00

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Saturday he sees no change in U.S. policy toward Iran despite the U.S. promise of a "new beginning."

Iran reacts to Obama's messageupdated: Sat Mar 21 2009 11:20:00

President Obama delivers a New Year's message to the Iranian people. CNN's Reza Sayah reports on their reaction.

Putin's trip to Iranupdated: Wed Oct 17 2007 07:19:00

Russian president Vladimir Putin arrives in Tehran. CNN's Aneesh Raman reports.

New leader for Iran troopsupdated: Sat Sep 01 2007 21:34:00

New leader for Iran troops

Iran's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard gets new commanderupdated: Sat Sep 01 2007 21:34:00

Iran's supreme leader announced a new chief for the country's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on Saturday, as the Bush administration considered giving terror status to the state military agency.

Iran: U.S. causes Iraq violenceupdated: Tue Nov 28 2006 09:52:00

Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday said American policies in Iraq are the "main cause" of that country's violence and insecurity, and withdrawal of "foreign forces" is the first step to ending the country's discord, according to an Iranian news agency report.

Khamenei: No letup on Iran nuclear programupdated: Mon Aug 21 2006 06:50:00

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's highest authority, said on Monday the Islamic Republic had decided to press ahead with its pursuit of nuclear energy, suggesting Iran will not heed a U.N. demand to stop enriching uranium.

Iran's Ahmadinejad takes officeupdated: Wed Aug 03 2005 03:05:00

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has pronounced Mahmoud Ahmadinejad the country's new president.

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.

Scuffles at UK embassy in Iranupdated: Sun May 16 2004 10:39:00

Iranian students have scuffled with riot police who kept them from attacking the British Embassy in a protest against the Iraq war.

Boycott threat as Iran poll opensupdated: Fri Feb 20 2004 14:17:00

Polling is under way in Iran for disputed parliamentary elections predicted to give more control of the Islamic nation to conservative religious hardliners.

Early lead for Iran conservativesupdated: Fri Feb 20 2004 00:07:00

Initial results in controversial parliamentary elections in Iran show that Islamic conservatives are winning most of the seats.

Iran Council to review candidatesupdated: Wed Feb 04 2004 07:10:00

After disqualifying thousands of reformist candidates, Iran's Guardian Council will reconsider several candidates given approval to run for office by Iran's intelligence ministry, a government spokesman said.

Iran quake toll now put at 41,000updated: Fri Jan 16 2004 13:23:00

Iranian officials say the death toll in last month's Iranian earthquake in the city of Bam has risen to 41,000 and the final figure could hit 45,000, according to Iran's state-run media.

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