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July 17, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
A self-described "party girl," 28-year-old Ameneh Saeedi has spent the last few days brushing up on her prayers, which she hasn't performed since she was forced to in high school.
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June 18, 2013 | By Hussein Banai
By electing Hassan Rowhani, the moderate candidate, to be its next president, the Iranian people have in effect reached a provisional compromise with the nation's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and the ultraconservative establishment. At first glance, Rowhani's landslide victory might seem baffling. Why should an otherwise subordinate and overly cautious candidate, who was once Iran's lead nuclear negotiator, generate so much enthusiasm and support among a beleaguered public?
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May 11, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - The run-up to Iran's June presidential election took a dramatic turn Saturday with last-minute candidacy announcements by two controversial political figures: former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, top aide to outgoing incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In the final moments before the five-day registration period expired, Rafsanjani and Mashaei arrived via separate entrances at the Interior Ministry, where all would-be candidates were required to sign up by 6 p.m. Saturday.
WORLD
May 22, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
He's one of two surviving founders of the Islamic Republic, head of the Expediency Council that supervises all branches of government and has already served two terms as Iranian head of state. But the Islamic conservatives who vet presidential candidates have deemed former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani unqualified to run in the June 14 presidential election.  The ostensible reason, according to the octogenarian Islamists: At 78, Rafsanjani might be too old to run the country.
WORLD
May 20, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
An influential Iranian cleric has criticized President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in unusually blunt terms, saying his government was pursuing policies that were leading to "public impoverishment," newspapers said. Former President Hashemi Rafsanjani, a political rival of Ahmadinejad, called on the government to rein in populist spending policies largely blamed for fueling inflation of more than 20%. Rafsanjani, president from 1989 to 1997, lost the 2005 presidential election to Ahmadinejad.
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January 28, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Iranian Parliament Speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani today showed reporters the Bible he said was sent to Iran by President Reagan and said the U.S. leader is courageous but old, weak, in bad health and undercut by political rivals.
NEWS
May 11, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Iranian Parliament Speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani on Wednesday withdrew his call for Palestinians to kill Americans and other Westerners, saying his comments had been distorted. In an interview on Tehran Radio, Rafsanjani said he was "only analyzing" the Middle East situation and did not "mean to condone the killing of innocent civilians." In his prayer sermon at Tehran University last Friday, Rafsanjani called on Palestinians to kill Westerners, hijack planes and bomb Western interests.
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June 22, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Iranian Parliament Speaker Hashemi Rafsanjani said today that a death sentence pronounced by the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini on British author Salman Rushdie for his novel "The Satanic Verses" cannot be reversed. Rafsanjani, expected to become the dominant figure in Iranian politics next month, said at a Moscow news conference that the "prescription" in the Rushdie case could not be annulled. Rafsanjani, who has had two days of talks with Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, was asked if Iran might change its stand on the author.
WORLD
May 22, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has denounced as unjust the disqualification of his top aide from next month's presidential election and says he plans to appeal to Iran's supreme ruler. Ahmadinejad spoke a day after the Guardian Council, which vets candidates, barred the out-going president's confidant , Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, from the June 14 poll along with former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of the nation's most illustrious political figures. Tuesday's decisions enraged the pair's many supporters and threatened to deflate turnout.
WORLD
May 22, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
He's one of two surviving founders of the Islamic Republic, head of the Expediency Council that supervises all branches of government and has already served two terms as Iranian head of state. But the Islamic conservatives who vet presidential candidates have deemed former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani unqualified to run in the June 14 presidential election.  The ostensible reason, according to the octogenarian Islamists: At 78, Rafsanjani might be too old to run the country.
WORLD
May 22, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN - President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has denounced as unjust the disqualification of his top aide from next month's presidential election and says he plans to appeal to Iran's supreme ruler. Ahmadinejad spoke a day after the Guardian Council, which vets candidates, barred the out-going president's confidant , Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, from the June 14 poll along with former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, one of the nation's most illustrious political figures. Tuesday's decisions enraged the pair's many supporters and threatened to deflate turnout.
WORLD
May 21, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - In a highly anticipated decision likely to spark controversy, Iran's supervisory electoral body on Tuesday disqualified two high-profile candidates from next month's presidential race after both were assailed as disloyal to the nation's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The powerful Guardian Council, composed of senior clerics and jurists, gave no reason for barring the would-be candidates, former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, a confidant of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
WORLD
May 16, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - Iranians must wait until next week to find out who will be on the ballot in next month's presidential election, a key electoral panel said Thursday, as it continued to mull the fate of two prospective candidates who have shaken up the race. The Guardian Council, which vets office seekers, said it needed an extension until Tuesday to judge the suitability of the nearly 700 presidential aspirants. A council official told reporters that 10 or more candidates may be approved, a relatively high number that could make it difficult for one to win a majority without a runoff election.
WORLD
May 11, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - The run-up to Iran's June presidential election took a dramatic turn Saturday with last-minute candidacy announcements by two controversial political figures: former President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, top aide to outgoing incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. In the final moments before the five-day registration period expired, Rafsanjani and Mashaei arrived via separate entrances at the Interior Ministry, where all would-be candidates were required to sign up by 6 p.m. Saturday.
WORLD
March 9, 2011 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Meris Lutz, Los Angeles Times
The Iranian opposition's most powerful sympathizer lost his post Tuesday as chief of an important clerical council that oversees the country's supreme leader. Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, a former president, was defeated in his bid to continue as head of the Assembly of Experts in what is widely considered a victory for his conservative rivals, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi Kani, described as a more traditional conservative cleric, became leader of the clerical body, getting 63 of 86 votes.
WORLD
July 18, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
A sermon by powerful cleric and opposition supporter Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani reignited Iran's simmering protest movement Friday, heartening thousands of supporters who braved tear gas and club-wielding militiamen to march and chant slogans across Tehran. In a highly anticipated speech, Rafsanjani slammed the hard-line camp supporting President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, criticized the June 12 election results and promoted several key opposition demands.
WORLD
May 16, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - Iranians must wait until next week to find out who will be on the ballot in next month's presidential election, a key electoral panel said Thursday, as it continued to mull the fate of two prospective candidates who have shaken up the race. The Guardian Council, which vets office seekers, said it needed an extension until Tuesday to judge the suitability of the nearly 700 presidential aspirants. A council official told reporters that 10 or more candidates may be approved, a relatively high number that could make it difficult for one to win a majority without a runoff election.
NEWS
May 5, 1987 | Associated Press
The Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal has ordered the United States to return $451.4 million in frozen assets to Iran. The tribunal said its order was not linked to the fate of American hostages held in Lebanon. Monday's ruling, a copy of which was obtained by the Associated Press today, referred to Account No. I, which was set up in 1981 with $3.66 billion in frozen Iranian money to pay off Iran's loans to banks. The Account No.
WORLD
July 17, 2009 | Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim
A self-described "party girl," 28-year-old Ameneh Saeedi has spent the last few days brushing up on her prayers, which she hasn't performed since she was forced to in high school.
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