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Reports: Iran bars 2 top figures from June ballot

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian news websites have boosted speculation that election overseers have barred two prominent but divisive figures from next month’s presidential ballot. The hardline website Tasnimnews.com says the Guardian Council has rejected former President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, a close confidant of outgoing President …

Outside View: Underneath a bellicose posture, a decaying and fractured regime – UPI.com

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 (UPI) — Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a stern warning last week against the international community, which imposed sanctions last month targeting the regime’s vital oil exports and central bank. Immediately afterward, the regime launched new military exercises, threatening once again to close the Strait …

Ahmadinejad Faces Questioning Over Fraud

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s parliament is set to summon President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for questioning over an economic scandal and his polices after the required number of lawmakers signed a petition Sunday, the latest salvo in a long battle between the president and his rivals. Ahmadinejad would be the first president …

Iranian hardliner says US, Europe need ‘lesson’

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — A prominent Iranian hardliner has called for attacks against U.S. and European airline offices over their refusal to supply fuel to Iranian aircraft. Hossein Shariatmadari, a representative of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, says in an editorial in his Kayhan daily Tuesday that American and …