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August 5, 2011 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
A deal between beleaguered Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his opponents has given control of Iran's crucial Oil Ministry to a commander of the Revolutionary Guard who is under international sanctions, according to analysts and a former industry official in Tehran. Ahmadinejad, his rivals in parliament and leaders of the Revolutionary Guard put aside months of differences this week and appointed four new Cabinet members, including the controversial Brig. Gen. Rostam Ghassemi as overseer of the country's vast oil and natural gas riches.
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November 4, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN - A commander of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard Corps has been killed in Syria while defending a Shiite shrine, a semiofficial news service reported Monday. Mohammad Jamali Paghalleh, identified as a member of the Islamic corps, was “martyred” while defending the Sayyida Zainab shrine southeast of Damascus, according to Iran's Mehr news service. No other details were provided. The golden-domed Sayyida Zainab, said to house the tomb of the granddaughter of the prophet Muhammad, has drawn numerous militiamen from outside Syria to defend it from attack.
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WORLD
October 25, 2007 | Robin Wright, Washington Post
The Bush administration plans to announce an unprecedented package of unilateral sanctions against Iran today, including the designation of its Revolutionary Guard Corps as a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction and of the elite Quds Force as a supporter of terrorism, according to senior administration officials. The sanctions, to be announced by Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulson Jr., mark the first time that the U.S.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 21, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
In a major plot twist, the “Game On” episode of Showtime's “Homeland” reveals that case officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) is working undercover to expose the key terrorist behind the CIA headquarters bombing. For the elaborate ruse to succeed, CIA Acting Director Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) scapegoats Carrie before a hostile Senate committee, confines her to a psychiatric ward, freezes her bank account, invalidates her passport, adds her to the No-Fly List and puts her home under surveillance.
WORLD
August 26, 2007 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
Iran's Revolutionary Guard has quietly become one of the most significant political and economic powers in the Islamic Republic, with ties to more than 100 companies, which by some estimates control more than $12 billion in business and construction, economists and Iranian political analysts say. The Guard was created in 1979 as a military and intelligence force to protect the ideals of Iran's Islamic Revolution.
OPINION
October 20, 2007
President Bush isn't the only one shaking his fist at Iran these days. Getting tough with Tehran is an increasingly popular bipartisan sport in Washington. Both the House and Senate have called on the administration to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization. Although those congressional resolutions lack the force of law, critics, including Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), worry that they could be construed by the White House as legal justification for U.S.
WORLD
October 12, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
An explosion at a munitions depot at a Revolutionary Guard base in southwestern Iran on Tuesday killed at least 12 people, an Iranian news report said. The news website mashreghnews.ir, which is close to the Iranian government, reported that at least 20 people were injured in the explosion. The report cited no sources, and Iranian officials did not disclose the ranks of those killed or the exact casualty figures, which they said would be released Wednesday. Iranian officials told official and semiofficial news organizations that the explosion was an accident caused by a fire at the Imam Ali training base outside the town of Khorramabad that reached a weapons storage facility.
WORLD
August 23, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi and Ramin Mostaghim, Los Angeles Times
Tightened international sanctions meant to punish Iran for its nuclear program may be strengthening the country's hard-line elite, as blacklisted firms linked to the powerful Revolutionary Guard manage to circumvent and even profit from the embargo. Businesspeople, officials and analysts inside and outside the Islamic Republic describe the sanctions as taking a toll on the economy and ordinary citizens, increasing the cost of everything from the production of medicine to the manufacture of baguettes.
WORLD
February 16, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi
Bluntly warning that Iran is sliding into military dictatorship, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told an audience in Qatar on Monday that economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic should be increasingly aimed at its elite Revolutionary Guard. Clinton, who was in Doha, the capital, for a conference on relations between the U.S. and the Islamic world, appeared to suggest that such a strategy could help rein in the ideologically motivated branch of the Iranian military by widening rifts within Iran's domestic political establishment.
WORLD
September 30, 2010 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
The Obama administration Wednesday sanctioned eight senior Iranian officials for alleged human rights violations as it sought to increase pressure on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's regime while reaching out to his opponents in Iran. The eight ? who include the head of the Revolutionary Guard, top security officials and prosecutors ? are responsible for a number of abuses since the disputed presidential election of 2009, U.S. officials said. "On these officials' watch, or under their command, Iranian citizens have been arbitrarily arrested, beaten, tortured, raped, blackmailed and killed," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in announcing the sanctions.
NATIONAL
September 25, 2013 | By David Horsey
Folks at the White House may have been just a bit too giddy about the prospect of a sudden thaw in relations with Iran. They angled for a face-to-face meeting between President Obama and the new Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, since both leaders were in New York City for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly this week. But it was not to be. Apparently the American side made the offer of a personal “encounter” between Obama and Rouhani. They were eager to follow up on the positive statements the Iranian president had made in recent days suggesting the confrontation over Iran's nuclear weapons program could be ended amicably.
WORLD
June 13, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Alexandra Sandels and Patrick J. McDonnell
TEHRAN - Six presidential hopefuls wrapped up their campaigns Thursday as millions of Iranians prepared to choose a successor to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Polls indicate no candidate may garner a majority in Friday's voting, forcing a runoff election among the two top finishers on June 21, official media reported. Friday's election is the first since the disputed 2009 balloting that gave Ahmadinejad a second term amid allegations of vote-rigging, triggering massive street protests and a police crackdown.
WORLD
June 10, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim, Alexandra Sandels and Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - When Iranians go to the polls Friday, they will bid an unceremonious farewell to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the populist with the zip-up windbreaker who ran afoul of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, even as he became Iran's provocative face to the world. But the voters will be casting ballots with scarcely a hint of the reformist spirit that swept the country four years ago and ended in a bloody crackdown. Considering the front-runners in Iran's presidential race, it seems likely that, no matter who wins, the nation will drift further into the grip of Islamist hard-liners and remain defiant in stoking regional hostilities and pursuing a nuclear program that has drawn stiff economic sanctions from the U.S. and Europe.
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 16, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Treasury Department announced new sanctions against the Syrian government Thursday, blacklisting four senior officials, a private television station that it said had colluded with Syrian authorities and an airline it accused of delivering weapons from Iran. The state-owned Syrian Arab Airlines carried mortar rounds, small arms, rockets and light antiaircraft guns aboard cargo flights to Syria on behalf of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds Force, U.S. officials said.
SPORTS
March 3, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The beloved mentor and his favorite student spent their final hours together holding hands on a hospital bed. Jerry Buss was entering the final stage of his life after a long battle with cancer, and he wanted to spend some of it with Magic Johnson. Buss summoned Johnson to his room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center last fall and, together, for five hours, they clutched each other and told stories and cried. At one point, Buss summoned two nurses to the room. Johnson was worried something was wrong until Buss ordered the three to pose for a picture.
NATIONAL
July 6, 2012 | By David Zucchino
Los Angeles Times ARLINGTON, Va. - His disguise consists of a blue surgeon's mask, sunglasses and a baseball cap that reads "Free Iran. " A small modulator distorts his voice. He uses a pseudonym, Reza Kahlili. He lives in fear, he says, because his years as a paid spy for the CIA inside Iran have made him an assassination target of Iran's government. He worries about his wife and children, who live with him in California. At the same time, implausibly, he has become one of the most influential and outspoken voices in the U.S. advocating the overthrow of the Iranian government.
NEWS
January 27, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Four men armed with grenades and handguns tried to hijack an Iranian airliner during a domestic flight, but security guards killed them in a midair shoot-out, Iranian news reports said Friday. Tehran Radio, in a dispatch monitored in Nicosia, said the gunmen tried to seize Flight 133 on Thursday night after it took off from the city of Shiraz in southwest Iran en route to the port city of Bandar Abbas on the Strait of Hormuz.
WORLD
February 9, 2013 | By Ramin Mostaghim and Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
TEHRAN - Iran will stage its annual show of solidarity and defiance Sunday, a festive day of scripted rallies and fiery oratory marking the 34 t h anniversary of the Islamic Revolution and denouncing "satanic" Washington and its allies. But with a pivotal presidential election approaching in June, the veneer of unity among Iran's diverse political blocs has been wearing thin as average Iranians struggle to cope with a withering, sanctions-driven economic crisis. Even before official candidates have emerged, a nasty spate of preelection infighting has erupted, unveiling an unedifying display of name-calling and mudslinging.
NATIONAL
July 6, 2012 | By David Zucchino
Los Angeles Times ARLINGTON, Va. - His disguise consists of a blue surgeon's mask, sunglasses and a baseball cap that reads "Free Iran. " A small modulator distorts his voice. He uses a pseudonym, Reza Kahlili. He lives in fear, he says, because his years as a paid spy for the CIA inside Iran have made him an assassination target of Iran's government. He worries about his wife and children, who live with him in California. At the same time, implausibly, he has become one of the most influential and outspoken voices in the U.S. advocating the overthrow of the Iranian government.
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