December 25, 2011 |
PYONGYANG, North Korea - North Korea hailed Kim Jong Il's son as "supreme leader" of the 1.2-million-strong military, ramping up its campaign to install the young man as its next leader even as the mourning continued for his father, who died a week ago. Kim Jong Un made a third visit Saturday to the palace where his father's body lay in state - this time as "supreme leader of the revolutionary armed forces" and accompanied by North Korea's top...
February 11, 2013 |
TEHRAN, Iran - There was nothing essentially new in the message to Washington from Iran's president Sunday: repeating last week's statement by the Iranian supreme leader that direct talks cannot happen as long as sanctions remain. What drew attention was how Mahmoud Ahmadinejad injected himself into it. He told crowds marking the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution that he personally was ready to take part in one-on-one dialogue with the United States if Western economic pressures were eased.
April 24, 2011 |
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's supreme leader warned Saturday that he would intervene in the government's affairs whenever necessary, in a rebuke to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for challenging the clerical leader's all-encompassing authority. Their latest confrontation involved Ahmadinejad's recent dismissal of the country's powerful intelligence minister, whom Ayatollah Ali Khamenei then quickly reinstated in a slap to the president. Ahmadinejad, who has said Khamenei was like a father to him, has enjoyed strong support from the supreme leader, especially in the tumultuous period after his disputed reelection in 2009.
December 29, 2011 |
PYONGYANG, North Korea - Kim Jong Il's son and successor was declared "supreme leader" of North Korea's ruling party, military, and the people during a memorial Thursday for his father in the first public endorsement of his leadership by the government. Kim Jong Un, head bowed and somber in a dark overcoat, stood watching from a balcony at the Grand People's Study House overlooking Kim Il Sung Square, flanked by the top party and military officials and Kim Jong Il's younger sister.
October 17, 2011 |
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's supreme leader warned the United States on Sunday that any measures taken against Tehran over an alleged plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington would elicit a "resolute" response. Two men, including a member of the Iranian special foreign actions unit known as the Quds Force, have been charged in New York federal court with conspiring to kill the Saudi diplomat, Adel al-Jubeir. U.S. officials have said no one was ever in immediate danger from the plot.
October 18, 2011 |
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's foreign minister on Monday offered to look into charges that agents of his government were involved in a plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington, if the U.S. provides enough information. The statement by Ali Akbar Salehi was the first indication that Iran might cooperate with the investigation, though other officials maintained a steady stream of ridicule and rejection of the charges. In Switzerland Monday, Iran's parliament speaker said American officials were playing a child's game and have insulted his nation with the accusations.
September 1, 2011 |
TEHRAN, Iran - Iran's top leader warned the Arab world Wednesday not to allow Western powers and Israel to "confiscate" the region's pro-reform uprisings, in comments that appear to reflect the Islamic republic's unease about its standing in a profoundly altered Middle East. Iran has tried to walk two paths since the pro-democracy rebellions began in February - lauding the popular revolts as modern-day heirs to Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, while maintaining relentless pressure on opposition groups at home.
December 24, 2003
Welcome to FumoWorld, where the sidewalks are clean and the charter schools exemplary, where gifts flow out as rafts of money flow in through a hundred sparkling tributaries. Those tributaries join, finally, at the mouth of the mighty, mighty river Fumo. That's Philadelphia's Democratic State Sen. Vincent Fumo, of course, the supreme leader of FumoWorld, whose ingenuity knows few bounds when it comes to gathering and using power. Yes, he's well-loved by many constituents in his Senate district, which stretches from South Philadelphia to Fairmount.
October 29, 1987
Americans are used to the sequence of events: the supreme leader takes an indefensible stand; his aides blanch, then go to work behind the scenes. Shortly, the leader's views are "clarified. " It is a pattern of behavior many have come to expect from the Reagan administration. Now it turns out that Mikhail S. Gorbachev is fallible, too. How else to explain the refreshing evidence these past few days of disarray on the Soviet side? In Moscow on Friday, Mr. Gorbachev told Secretary of State George P. Schultz that, contrary to an earlier agreement, he wasn't ready to set a date for a summit with President Reagan.
May 2, 2011
Probe to begin in Ivory Coast ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast - The president of Ivory Coast said Sunday that an investigation would soon begin on the status of former leader Laurent Gbagbo. Alassane Ouattara said that police would start their preliminary probe Wednesday into the actions of Gbagbo, who refused to cede power after losing a November poll to Ouattara, plunging the West African nation into four months of chaos and bloodshed. Gbagbo was arrested April 11. Ouattara has said he wants Gbagbo tried by national and international courts.