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An Iranian woman walks past a mural showing a gun painted with an interpretation of the American flag on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran on September 25, 2013. Leaders from Iran and the United States have not met since the 1979 Islamic Revolution brought often open hostility to their contacts, particularly over Iran's contested nuclear program.

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An Iranian woman walks past a mural showing a gun painted with an interpretation of the American flag on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran on Wednesday. Leaders from Iran and the United States have not met since the 1979 Islamic Revolution brought often open hostility to their contacts, particularly over Iran’s contested nuclear program.

Cher...Cher arrives by police motorcycle for her performance on NBC's "Today" show on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013 in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

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Cher, the US singer and actor, arrives by police motorcycle for a performance on NBC’s Today show on Monday. Read more

US Army Private First Class Bradley Mann...US Army Private First Class Bradley Manning arrives alongside military officials at a US military court facility to hear his sentence in his trial at Fort Meade, Maryland on August 21, 2013. A sentencing decision will be announced later Wednesday. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEBSAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images

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Army Private First Class Bradley Manning arrives at a US military court facility to hear his sentence in his trial at Fort Meade, Maryland, on Wednesday. Manning was sentenced for 35 years for his part in the WikiLeaks affair Read more

Cyclists ride past the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington...Cyclists ride past the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington August 20, 2013. The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his "I have a Dream" speech on August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This coming week, Washington will play host to an array of events marking the historic anniversary.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

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Cyclists ride past the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered his “I have a Dream” speech on August 28, 1963 on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. This coming week, Washington will play host to an array of events marking the historic anniversary

Lightning strikes above the Mandalay Bay and Luxor casinos on the Las Vegas Strip as a thunderstorm moves through Las Vegas...Lightning strikes above the Mandalay Bay (L) and Luxor (C) casinos on the Las Vegas Strip as a thunderstorm moves through Las Vegas, Nevada July 20, 2013. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENVIRONMENT CITYSCAPE TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Lightning strikes above the Mandalay Bay and Luxor casinos on the Las Vegas Strip as a thunderstorm moves through Las Vegas, Nevada in the US. Read more

Re-enactors march away from the Old State House following a public reading of the United States Declaration of Independence, part of July Fourth Independence Day celebrations, in Boston...Re-enactors march away from the Old State House following a public reading of the United States Declaration of Independence, part of July Fourth Independence Day celebrations, in Boston, Massachusetts July 4, 2013. People across the United States gathered on Thursday for parades, picnics and fireworks at Independence Day celebrations, held under unprecedented security following the Boston Marathon bombings. Spectators waving U.S. flags and wearing red, white and blue headed for public gatherings in Boston, New York, Washington, Atlanta and other cities under the close watch of police armed with hand-held chemical detectors, radiation scanners and camera surveillance, precautions sparked by the deadly April 15 bombings.      REUTERS/Brian Snyder  (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANNIVERSARY SOCIETY)

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Re-enactors march away from the Old State House after a public reading of the US Declaration of Independence, part of July 4 Independence Day celebrations, in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday. Read more

Mya McNeal looks for her mother, U.S. Army Sgt. Kionna Huewitt, during a homecoming ceremony for 184 troops in the 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team after a 9-month deployment to Afghanistan, Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at Fort Stewart, Ga. (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

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Mya McNeal looks for her mother, US Army Sgt. Kionna Huewitt, during a homecoming ceremony for 184 troops in the 1st Armor Brigade Combat Team after a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan on Wednesday at Fort Stewart, Georgia Read more

Confetti falls on the new police officers during a graduation ceremony for the July 2013 New York City Police Academy class, Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at Barclays Center in New York.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

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Confetti falls on police officers on Tuesday during the graduation ceremony for the July 2013 New York City Police Academy class at Barclays Centre in New York. Read more

A wildfire burns homes in the Glenn Ilah area near Yarnell, Ariz. on Sunday, June 30, 2013. An Arizona fire chief says the wildfire that killed 19 members of his crew near the town was moving fast and fueled by hot, dry conditions. The fire started with a lightning strike on Friday and spread to 2,000 acres on Sunday amid triple-digit temperatures. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, David Kadlubowski)

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A wildfire burns homes in the Glenn Ilah area near Yarnell, Arizona in the US. An Arizona fire chief says the wildfire, which killed 19 members of his crew near the town, was moving fast, fueled by hot, dry conditions. Read more

U.S. President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to give a speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate at Pariser Platz in Berlin.

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Barack Obama, US president, waves as he arrives to give a speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate at Pariser Platz in Berlin on Wednesday Read more