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Iran's Ahmadinejad challenges Rouhani to debate 'baseless' charges

DUBAI (Reuters) - Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Tuesday invited his successor Hassan Rouhani to debate "baseless and unfair" accusations that he is largely responsible for Iran's economic ills. During a televised speech to mark his first 100 days in office last week, Rouhani said Ahmadinejad's profligacy and mismanagement were as much to blame for inflation and currency devaluation as international sanctions.

TCA: Charlie Rose's tips on iterviewing - and npping

By Tim Molloy NEW YORK (TheWrap.com) - Charlie Rose is one of journalism's great interviewers, and on Wednesday he offered some rare insights into his technique - including two daily naps. The host of "Charlie Rose," co-anchor of "CBS This Morning" and co-host of "Person to Person" spoke at the Television Critics Association summer press tour about his new PBS Friday show, "Charlie Rose: The Week." Asked about his toughest interviews, he named former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Iran's Ahmadinejad warns Israel will be 'uprooted'

Iran's outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad warned arch-foe Israel Friday in one of his last public speeches that a regional storm was brewing that would "uproot" the Jewish state. "I will inform you with God as my witness, a devastating storm is on the way that will uproot the basis of Zionism," Ahmadinejad said in Quds (Jerusalem) Day remarks broadcast on state television. In a parting shot against Israel, which he has consistently targeted in public comments during eight years in power, Ahmadinejad said it "has no place in this region".

Iran's Ahmadinejad steps aside, divisive to the end

By Marcus George DUBAI (Reuters) - Vilified abroad for his blistering attacks against the West, blamed at home for Iran's economic woes and isolated from the supreme leader who groomed him for power, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad leaves the presidency with few friends and an uncertain future. Iranians elected his opposite - a mild-mannered, moderate member of the clerical establishment - to replace him, doubtless hoping for better times than they endured for eight years under the caustic hardline outsider.

Iran's Ahmadinejad defends rights record

Iran's outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday defended his government's rights record, saying he was not responsible for other branches of the Islamic regime. "The highest level of respecting freedoms was (recorded) during my government," Ahmadinejad said on state television in a late night address. "No one was reprimanded or prosecuted for criticising the government," he said, stressing that his office was not responsible for the conduct of the other branches of the regime.

Iran court summons Ahmadinejad, ups pressure on outgoing leader

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was summoned on Monday to appear before a criminal court on unspecified charges leveled by a conservative rival, days after moderate cleric Hassan Rohani was elected his successor. While Rohani's election on Friday showed a desire for change, it also highlighted divisions among Iran's establishment conservatives who, though united in their dislike of Ahmadinejad, were unable to rally behind a single candidate.

Iran court summonses Ahmadinejad over Larijani complaint

Outgoing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was on Monday summonsed to appear before the criminal court following a complaint lodged by parliamentary speaker Ali Larijani, the government website announced. The summons orders Ahmadinejad to appear before the court on November 26, website Dolat.ir said. It said the case arises from "a complaint lodged by Mr Ali Larijani" as well as by a parliamentary commission. "The charge is not specified in the notice," the statement said, without elaborating.

Iran: the Ahmadinejad years

Key dates in rule of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: --2005-- - June 25: Populist Ahmadinejad wins presidential election with 61.69 percent of the vote. - August 8: Iran resumes its uranium conversion activities, insisting it only seeks to generate energy and not as international powers suspect to build nuclear bombs. It had suspended activities a year earlier under a deal with EU members Britain, France and Germany. - October 26: Ahmadinejad says Israel is "doomed to be wiped off the map", provoking an international uproar. --2006--

Brash Ahmadinejad presidency isolated Iran

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's eight years in power have isolated Iran internationally because of deep suspicions over its secretive nuclear programme and unwavering support for Syria's Bashar al-Assad, its closest regional ally, analysts say. After two consecutive four-year terms since first taking office in 2005, Ahmadinejad is now constitutionally barred from standing in Friday's presidential election.

Iran: the Ahmadinejad years

Key dates in rule of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: --2005-- - June 25: Populist Ahmadinejad wins presidential election with 61.69 percent of the vote. - August 8: Iran resumes its uranium conversion activities, insisting it only seeks to generate energy and not as international powers suspect to build nuclear bombs. It had suspended activities a year earlier under a deal with EU members Britain, France and Germany. - October 26: Ahmadinejad says Israel is "doomed to be wiped off the map", provoking an international uproar. --2006--
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