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Khamenei conglomerate thrived as curbs hit Iran

Seven years ago, the UN and Western powers began subjecting Tehran to steadily harsher economic sanctions. Around the same time, an organisation controlled by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei started to study how some developing economies m

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Iran supreme leader's empire 'worth $95bn'

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei controls a business empire worth around $95 billion - a sum exceeding the value of his oil-rich nation's current annual petroleum exports - a six-month Reuters investigation shows.

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Khamenei backs Rouhani on talks

Iran's supreme leader gave strong backing on Sunday to his president's push for nuclear negotiations, warning hardliners not to accuse Hassan Rouhani of compromising with the old enemy America. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's

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West intrigued by Khamenei's 'flexibility' talk

Talk by Iran's Supreme Leader of "flexibility" days before his government's debut at the UN General Assembly in New York suggests a new willingness at the highest level to explore a compromise s

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‘Terrorists’ will hit Europe with chemical weapons: Syria

Syria's deputy foreign minister said on Wednesday that the US, Britain and France helped "terrorists" use chemical weapons in Syria, and that the same groups would soon use them against Europe. Speaking to reporters

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Iran not seeking nuke weapon, says Khamenei

Iran does not want nuclear weapons but if it did, no world power could prevent it from obtaining one, Iran's Supreme Leader said on Saturday, according to Iranian media. The US and some of its Western allies suspect Iran may b

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Big election setback for Ahmadinejad

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, now out of favour with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, suffered more setbacks in a run-off parliamentary election seen as a pointer for next year's presidential race, results showed on Saturday.

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Khamenei factions to dominate in Iran vote

Iranians voted on Friday in a run-off parliamentary election in which allies of hardline Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei hoped to complete victory over President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a conservative increasingly criticised by the clerical eli

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Iran will attack to defend itself: Khamenei

In the face of aggression from the US or Israel, Iran will attack to defend itself, Iran's most powerful figure, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday. "We do not have nuclear weapons and we will not build them but in the face of aggressi

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Ahmadinejad trounced in Iran election

Loyalists of Iran's paramount clerical leader have won over 75 per cent of seats in parliamentary polls, a near-complete count showed, largely reducing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a lame duck in a contest between conservative hardline fac

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