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Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani  

(1934– )Iranian statesman who became president of Iran (1989–97) on the death of Ayatollah Khomeini.Rafsanjani was born near Kerman, the son of a pistachio-nut-farming family of moderate wealth. From ...
Iran

Iran  

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Conservative forces have retained their grip but the regime has been threatened by widespread protests.Much of Iran consists of a high central plateau ringed by mountains, the highest of which are in ...
Iran hostage crisis

Iran hostage crisis  

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(4 Nov. 1979–20 Jan. 1980)Following the establishment of the Islamic Republic of Iran under Ayatollah Khomeini in 1979, public hostility against the USA, which had heavily sponsored the regime of ...
Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi

Muhammad Reza Shah Pahlavi  

(b. 26 Oct. 1919, d. 27 July 1980).Shah of Iran 1941–79 Born in Tehran, he succeeded his deposed father on 17 September 1941, and was subsequently anxious to avoid his predecessor's mistake of having ...

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