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February 15, 2008 | Carina Chocano, Times Staff Writer
Directed by veteran French film director Andre Techine, "The Witnesses" ("Les Temoins") tells the story of five closely intertwined but deeply isolated characters living in Paris at the dawn of the AIDS crisis. Adrien, Manu, Mehdi, Sarah and Julie are bound by family, love and sex but divided by race, class, sexual orientation and vocation. In another film, perhaps, the disease, which when it appears is so unknown as to prompt questions about how it's cured, would have been used as the boundary-breaking metaphor that ultimately links the characters, but Techine is too subtle a filmmaker for that.
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February 2, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Sandels
TEHRAN -- Iranian authorities have eased the terms of confinement of Mehdi Karroubi, a leader of the opposition “Green Movement” that was crushed after disputed presidential elections in 2009, his son said Sunday. The ailing Karroubi, 76, has been allowed to move to his home in the Jamaran district of Tehran, where he remains under house arrest, his son Hussein Karroubi wrote on Facebook. “Finally, he was transferred to his private house in Jamaran," Hussein Karroubi wrote.
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January 23, 1995 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Mehdi Bazargan, the Iranian prime minister who in a moment of pique likened Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini to a bulldozer and himself to a delicate car, died Friday in Zurich, Switzerland, the Islamic Republic News Agency reported. He was believed to be 87. Bazargan, Iran's first premier after the 1979 Islamic revolution, led a lame-duck government that appealed for reason amid the revolutionary fervor that culminated in the takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
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May 31, 2011 | By Ned Parker and Salar Jaff, Los Angeles Times
One of Iraq's three vice presidents has quit the post, his political party said Monday, amid growing public frustration with the government's performance nearly six months after most of its ministers were sworn in. Vice President Adel Abdul Mehdi's decision was meant to set an example for the rest of the government, which has been bloated with state ministries and the expansion this year of the vice presidency from two to three positions, his...
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February 2, 2014 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Alexandra Sandels
TEHRAN -- Iranian authorities have eased the terms of confinement of Mehdi Karroubi, a leader of the opposition “Green Movement” that was crushed after disputed presidential elections in 2009, his son said Sunday. The ailing Karroubi, 76, has been allowed to move to his home in the Jamaran district of Tehran, where he remains under house arrest, his son Hussein Karroubi wrote on Facebook. “Finally, he was transferred to his private house in Jamaran," Hussein Karroubi wrote.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2010 | By Roger Vincent
The gig: As general manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Mehdi Eftekari is in charge of one of the region's elite hotels. The Four Seasons on Doheny Drive serves business and leisure travelers with money to spend but is best known as a magnet for show-biz people working in movies, television and music. The hotel also is home to about half of all movie industry press junkets, where reporters fly in from all over the country to interview the stars of a new release and enjoy a day or two of luxury.
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May 31, 2011 | By Ned Parker and Salar Jaff, Los Angeles Times
One of Iraq's three vice presidents has quit the post, his political party said Monday, amid growing public frustration with the government's performance nearly six months after most of its ministers were sworn in. Vice President Adel Abdul Mehdi's decision was meant to set an example for the rest of the government, which has been bloated with state ministries and the expansion this year of the vice presidency from two to three positions, his...
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August 28, 2002 | MARY McNAMARA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The problem with having a phone company message center rather than an answering machine is that the messages get erased after a certain number of weeks. Zafar Mehdi didn't know this until, for something like the 7,000th time, he went to listen to the message that saved his wife's life and found that it was gone. It was the kind of message a person would want to save, the kind of message you usually only get in a really good dream, the kind that couldn't possibly be real. Except it was.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2007 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Mehdi Shahbazi, 65, a gasoline station operator who waged a hunger strike and public relations battle against high gasoline prices and the fees that oil firms charge franchisees, died Wednesday at Stanford Hospital of liver failure. Shahbazi leased a Shell station in Central California in 1982. In 2005, he posted signs at the Marina station highlighting "big oil's unearned profit" -- a protest that Shell said violated the terms of his lease.
BUSINESS
June 21, 2004 | Chris Gaither, Times Staff Writer
The world's biggest software company almost missed the hottest wave on the Internet. Again. Nearly a decade after the Netscape browser threatened Microsoft Corp.'s dominant Windows operating system, Google Inc. did the same with its search engine, which processes hundreds of millions of queries a day and helped the company generate $105.6 million in profit last year.
WORLD
February 18, 2011 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
Thousands of Iranian government supporters gathered for a Friday prayer sermon rally meant to counter the resurgent opposition movement that staged a boisterous and scattered day of protests this week. But Iranian authorities Friday appeared to have backed off calls to execute Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, the opposition leaders who called for the protests held Monday. The two reformist politicians, now under virtual house arrest, have called on supporters to head to the streets again Sunday.
WORLD
September 3, 2010 | By Ned Parker and Raheem Salman, Los Angeles Times
After months of bickering, a main political rival of Prime Minister Nouri Maliki named a candidate to head the next Iraqi government, a move that poses a new obstacle to the incumbent and is likely to further complicate formation of the government. Maliki has been banking on disagreements among his competitors to allow him to win a second term. But the Iraqi National Alliance coalition named a current vice president, Adel Abdul Mehdi, as its choice. The alliance includes two of the country's main Shiite Muslim political factions, Mehdi's Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq and cleric Muqtada Sadr's movement.
BUSINESS
January 31, 2010 | By Roger Vincent
The gig: As general manager of the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, Mehdi Eftekari is in charge of one of the region's elite hotels. The Four Seasons on Doheny Drive serves business and leisure travelers with money to spend but is best known as a magnet for show-biz people working in movies, television and music. The hotel also is home to about half of all movie industry press junkets, where reporters fly in from all over the country to interview the stars of a new release and enjoy a day or two of luxury.
WORLD
January 9, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi
The son of Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi on Friday accused hard-line pro-government militiamen and Revolutionary Guard members of trying to assassinate his father a night earlier. Hossein Karroubi alleged that commanders of the Revolutionary Guard gathered a raucous crowd of local Basiji militiamen in the city Qazvin, 90 miles from Tehran, and fired two shots at the car in which the elder Karroubi was riding, shattering the vehicle's windows. "If the car was not armored there would have been serious injuries to the people inside," Hossein Karroubi said in an interview with the American-funded Persian-language satellite channel Voice of America.
WORLD
October 14, 2009 | Jeffrey Fleishman and Ramin Mostaghim
Iranian authorities launched a provocative attack on the opposition movement today by announcing a special investigation into prominent cleric Mehdi Karroubi over his accusations that security forces raped and tortured protesters demonstrating against the disputed June reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The move against Karroubi -- a revered figure from Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution -- is a direct attack on the heart of the opposition. It's an indication that the government is increasing pressure on top dissenters, even clerics, and it follows the death sentences handed down in recent days against at least two anti-government protesters.
WORLD
September 9, 2009 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi
The white-turbaned cleric is an unlikely enemy of the Iranian state. He was a confidant of the Islamic Republic's founder, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, and served seven years as speaker of parliament. But at 72, in the wake of Iran's disputed presidential elections, Mehdi Karroubi has become the fiery heart of a protest movement that has shaken the republic's foundations. "I feel I am obliged to defend the rights of people," Karroubi said Monday during a rare interview with a Western news outlet at his sparse north Tehran office.
WORLD
January 9, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi
The son of Iranian opposition leader Mehdi Karroubi on Friday accused hard-line pro-government militiamen and Revolutionary Guard members of trying to assassinate his father a night earlier. Hossein Karroubi alleged that commanders of the Revolutionary Guard gathered a raucous crowd of local Basiji militiamen in the city Qazvin, 90 miles from Tehran, and fired two shots at the car in which the elder Karroubi was riding, shattering the vehicle's windows. "If the car was not armored there would have been serious injuries to the people inside," Hossein Karroubi said in an interview with the American-funded Persian-language satellite channel Voice of America.
WORLD
February 18, 2011 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
Thousands of Iranian government supporters gathered for a Friday prayer sermon rally meant to counter the resurgent opposition movement that staged a boisterous and scattered day of protests this week. But Iranian authorities Friday appeared to have backed off calls to execute Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, the opposition leaders who called for the protests held Monday. The two reformist politicians, now under virtual house arrest, have called on supporters to head to the streets again Sunday.
WORLD
August 22, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi
A high-ranking conservative cleric called for the arrest of the nation's opposition leaders today while a counterpart demanded the release of political prisoners as the nation's political and religious establishment showed no signs of reconciliation following the disputed June 12 reelection of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In addition, many lawmakers and clergy from Ahmadinejad's own conservative political camp fumed over his proposed Cabinet, including his decision to nominate three female ministers.
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March 26, 2009 | Ramin Mostaghim
A moderate held Iran's presidency for eight years before the 2005 election of conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and reformist ideas -- among them a belief in liberty, rule of law and government accountability -- remain lodged deep in the psyche of many Iranians. Now reformists are attempting a comeback, with two from their ranks competing against Ahmadinejad in the June 12 presidential election. One of those candidates is a former speaker of parliament, Mehdi Karroubi, who came in third in 2005.
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