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Aug 7, 2010

Iran’s Ahmadinejad doubts Sept 11 attack toll

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday the September 11, 2001 attacks were exaggerated in a fresh broadside at the United States just days after President Barack Obama voiced willingness to talk to Iran.

Well-known for his anti-American and anti-Israeli rhetoric, the hardline populist Ahmadinejad also repeated his denial of the Holocaust, on which the consensus of historians is that six million Jews were exterminated by Nazi Germany.

Aug 7, 2010

Iran’s Ahmadinejad doubts Sept 11 attack toll

TEHRAN, Aug 7 (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud
Ahmadinejad said on Saturday the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks were
exaggerated in a fresh broadside at the United States just days
after President Barack Obama voiced willingness to talk to Iran.

Well-known for his anti-American and anti-Israeli rhetoric,
the hardline populist Ahmadinejad also repeated his denial of
the Holocaust, on which the consensus of historians is that six
million Jews were exterminated by Nazi Germany.

Aug 5, 2010

Iran sees regional alliance to counter NATO

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran’s president told the leaders of Afghanistan and Tajikistan on Thursday that the three neighbors could provide a counterweight to NATO in Asia once foreign troops quit the region.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a bete noire of the West over Iran’s nuclear activities, said the three countries had all thrown off foreign domination in recent decades and should strengthen economic and security ties and be independent of big powers.

Aug 4, 2010

Ahmadinejad unhurt after blast near motorcade

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was unharmed by an attack with a homemade explosive device on his motorcade during a visit to the western city of Hamadan on Wednesday, a source in his office said.

The source said Ahmadinejad’s convoy was targeted as he was travelling from Hamadan’s airport to give a speech in a local sports arena. The president was unhurt but others had been injured in the blast. One person was arrested.

Aug 4, 2010

Iran’s Ahmadinejad survives blast near motorcade

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad survived an attack with a homemade explosive device on his motorcade during a visit to the western city of Hamadan on Wednesday, a source in his office said.

The source said Ahmadinejad’s convoy was targeted as he was traveling from Hamadan’s airport to give a speech in a local sports arena and the president was unhurt but others had been injured in the blast.

Aug 2, 2010

Booming Iran stock market unscathed by sanctions

TEHRAN, Aug 2 (Reuters) – Sanctions against Iran have done
nothing to dent a boom in its stock market, as investors bet on
a continued rise in company stocks which have been undervalued
for years, the head of the Tehran bourse said.

The market hit its latest record on Monday, with the TEPIX
index closing up 1.29 percent on the day, the highest in its
20-year history, an official said.

Aug 2, 2010

Factbox: Key political risks to watch in Iran

TEHRAN (Reuters) – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has derided a new wave of sanctions against Iran as ineffective, but, as the measures bite, he has said the Islamic Republic is willing to return to talks about its nuclear program.

Iran has always said its nuclear activities are peaceful, but that has not assuaged fears that its real motivation is seeking an atomic bomb, something the United States, and its ally Israel, say they could not tolerate.

Aug 2, 2010

Key political risks to watch in Iran

TEHRAN, Aug 2 (Reuters) – President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has
derided a new wave of sanctions against Iran as ineffective,
but, as the measures bite, he has said the Islamic Republic is
willing to return to talks about its nuclear programme.

Iran has always said its nuclear activities are peaceful,
but that has not assuaged fears that its real motivation is
seeking an atomic bomb, something the United States, and its
ally Israel, say they could not tolerate.

Aug 2, 2010

Iran’s Ahmadinejad calls for TV debate with Obama

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday to face him in a televised one-on-one debate to see who has the best solutions for the world’s problems.

The provocative proposal comes as Iran deals with a new wave of international sanctions — driven by Washington — aimed at putting pressure on the Islamic Republic over its nuclear program.

Jul 27, 2010

Conditions still apply for nuclear talks: Ahmadinejad

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran will resume nuclear negotiations only on certain conditions, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said in a TV interview aired on Tuesday after the European Union imposed tough new sanctions.

Ahmadinejad reiterated conditions he first set out in June for returning to talks with major powers about the future of Iran’s nuclear program, which Tehran says is purely peaceful but which the West fears is aimed at developing atom bombs.