In an unprecedented move in Iranian politics, a reformist presidential candidate accused President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of tainting the country’s image by questioning the Holocaust and by wielding a reckless leadership style.
Dancing in public in not allowed in Iran, but thousands could hardly contain themselves at a recent presidential campaign rally in the capital city, Tehran. On this day, the deafening cheers were not for presidential hopeful Mir Hossein Mousavi, but rather for his wife — a woman some are calling Iran’s Michelle Obama. The comparisons to the first lady of the United States stem from the role Zahra Rahnavard is playing in her husband’s quest for the presidency.
Iran’s moderate former president will not challenge President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the upcoming presidential election, the state-run Fars news agency said Monday. Mohammad Khatami said last month that he would run in June, ending weeks of speculation, the state-run IRNA news agency reported February 8. But he now says he will instead support moderate candidate Mir Hossein Moussavi, Fars reported Monday
A U.S. soldier and an Iraqi interpreter were killed by an Iraqi policeman Tuesday in the northern city of Mosul, the U.S.
Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso met with President Barack Obama on Tuesday making him the first head of state to be hosted by the new administration. It was a long trip — 6,800 miles (11,000 km) — for a short meeting — one hour — and happened as Obama was preparing his first address to a joint session of Congress. Sitting next to Aso in the White House, Obama said: “The friendship between the United States and Japan is extraordinarily important.