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April 23, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Emily Alpert
TEHRAN -- Iranian officials Tuesday scoffed at the idea that an alleged terrorist plot thwarted in Canada had been guided by Al Qaeda elements in Iran. “In my 64 years of age, I have not heard anything as ridiculous as this,” Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi said, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency. Foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast chimed in, deriding the alleged link as “part of Islamophobic and Iranphobic campaigns. " Canadian police said Monday that two suspects arrested Monday for allegedly plotting to derail a passenger train in the greater Toronto area had gotten “direction and guidance” from Al Qaeda elements located in Iran.
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December 14, 2009 | By Ramin Mostaghim
Three Americans arrested while hiking along the Iran-Iraq border last summer will soon be put on trial, Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said, accusing them of "dubious intent." U.S. citizens Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal and Sarah Shourd, all living in or visiting the Middle East, were arrested July 31 during what friends and family describe as a travel adventure on the picturesque mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan, which abuts Iran. A friend who was traveling with them said they may have accidentally strayed across the Iranian border.
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October 8, 2008 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Special to The Times
An Iranian news agency issued a report Tuesday describing a confrontation between Iranian jet fighters and an aircraft with American military personnel on board, triggering confusion and jitters around the globe and denials by both governments. Late in the day, the news service backed down. The Fars News Agency, in an initial report carried widely by international media, said an American plane carrying five high-ranking U.S.
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October 15, 2013 | By Paul Richter and Ramin Mostaghim, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
GENEVA -- Iran's new proposal for ending the crisis over its nuclear program insists on the country's right to enrich uranium and demands removal of all sanctions on its economy, an Iranian news agency reported. The Iranian Student News Agency reported that the proposal, which was presented Tuesday morning at negotiations with six world powers in Geneva, says Iran will cooperate with the United Nations' nuclear watchdog agency, and on other “areas of concern.” But the proposal, as described by ISNA, doesn't include some details Western officials have hoped to see, such as an end to the creation of medium-enriched uranium, which can be easily converted into nuclear bomb fuel.
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July 16, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
An Islamic militant group whose leader was recently executed by Iranian authorities claimed responsibility for a pair of late Thursday bomb blasts that killed at least 27 people, including members of the Revolutionary Guard, at a mosque in southeastern Iran. Jundollah, a militant group that draws support from Iran's ethnic Baluch minority, said it dispatched two suicide bombers to the mosque during an evening prayer ceremony in the city of Zahedan in order to kill members of the Revolutionary Guard and avenge the arrest and hanging last month of their leader, Abdolmalek Rigi.
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February 14, 2010
During a visit to the Tehran military courthouse one day last fall, Hossein and Hamid spotted the doctor. Memories from their five days at Kahrizak prison came flooding back. Prisoners seeking help were handed a few aspirin and told to go away. When they asked for bandages, the doctor struck some lightly with a club. One inmate had been beaten so badly on his feet that his toes were swollen and infected and he couldn't walk properly. He arranged for an appointment with the doctor, who told him, "Get lost before I beat you up," according to Hossein, who said he didn't even bother asking for help for his own injuries.
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December 31, 2008 | Ramin Mostaghim and TIM RUTTEN
Plainclothes security officials stormed the private office of Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi and seized confidential files and records regarding her clients, the human rights lawyer said Tuesday. Ebadi said five men describing themselves as tax inspectors barged into her Tehran office Monday evening and began rummaging through her files. They left with documents and two computers filled with sensitive data, she said.
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November 11, 2008 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Mostaghim is a special correspondent. Daragahi is a Times staff writer.
A Cal State Northridge graduate student who was arrested in Iran last month was released on $200,000 bail Monday, her father said. Esha Momeni, 28, a dual U.S. and Iranian citizen who was visiting Iran to research a master's thesis, may not leave the country and must still stand before a political tribunal to face charges of "acting against national security" and "propagating against the system," said Reza Momeni, her father. Both are serious charges that can carry lengthy prison sentences.
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January 16, 2009 | Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi
Iran's hard-line president on Thursday warned Israeli leaders of a "doomed end" but pointedly ruled out sending weapons to its ally Hamas or getting involved militarily in the conflict in the Gaza Strip. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad also said his government welcomed "dialogue and having relations" with the U.S. after the inauguration next week of President-elect Barack Obama, who has said he is open to diplomatic contacts with Iran.
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September 5, 2011 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
Iran offered on Monday to open its nuclear program to five years of "full supervision" by the U.N. atomic energy agency if the world body lifts its sanctions, but made clear that it would forge ahead with its programs for uranium enrichment regardless. The offer from Fereydoun Abbasi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, came amid a new increase in warnings internationally over the Islamic Republic's nuclear program. That was led by a report Friday in which the U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency said it was "increasingly concerned" that Tehran may be developing its uranium-enrichment program to produce nuclear payloads for missiles.
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