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Iranian women recite verses of the Quran, Islam's holy book, during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at the shrine of Saint Mohammad Helal Ibn Ali in the city of Aran and Bidgol, some 140 miles (225 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Friday, July 11, 2014. Ramadan is a Muslim holy month of fasting during which Muslims abstain from food, drink and other pleasures from sunrise to sunset. For believers, Ramadan is meant to be a time of reflection and worship, remembering the hardships of others and being charitable. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

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Iranian women recite verses of the Koran, Islam’s holy book, during the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan at the shrine of Saint Mohammad Helal Ibn Ali in the city of Aran va Bidgol

An Iranian soldier walks past a portrait of the Ayatollah Khomeini outside Khomeini's shrine on the 25th anniversary of his death on June 4, 2014 on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran. Thousands of people gathered to hear speeches to mark the event. Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic, is still revered by many Iranians, and his portrait hangs throughout the country.

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An Iranian soldier walks past a portrait of the Ayatollah Khomeini outside Khomeini’s shrine on the 25th anniversary of his death on Wednesday on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran

Israeli military policewomen wait for the display of rockets after being seized from the Panama-flagged KLOS C civilian cargo ship that Israel intercepted last Wednesday off the coast of Sudan, at a military port in the Red Sea city of Eilat, southern Israel, Monday, March 10, 2014. Israel has alleged the shipment was orchestrated by Iran and was intended for Islamic militants in Gaza, a claim denied by Iran and the rockets' purported recipients. Questions remain, including how the rockets would have been smuggled into Gaza, largely cut off from the world by a border blockade enforced by Israel and Egypt.

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Israeli military policewomen wait for the display of rockets after being seized from the Panama-flagged KLOS C civilian cargo ship that Israel intercepted last Wednesday off the coast of Sudan, at a military port in the Red Sea city of Eilat, southern Israel on Monday. Israel has alleged the shipment was orchestrated by Iran and was intended for Islamic militants in Gaza, a claim denied by Iran and the rockets’ purported recipients.

A handout picture released by the offici...A handout picture released by the official website of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on February 17, 2014 shows Iranian women and a girl holding up portraits of him during a meeting in Tehran. Iran's top decision-maker Khamenei said today that while he is not against a resumption of nuclear negotiations with the world's major powers, the talks will "lead nowhere". AFP PHOTO / HO / IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER'S WEBSITE === RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / IRANIAN SUPREME LEADER'S WEBSITE" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

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A handout picture released by the official website of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader shows Iranian women and a girl holding up portraits of him during a meeting in Tehran. Iran’s top decision-maker said on Monday that while he is not against a resumption of nuclear negotiations with the world’s major powers, the talks will “lead nowhere”.

ranian President Hassan Rouhani (L) del...Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (L) delivers a speech during a rally in Tehran's Azadi Square (Freedom Square) to mark the 35th anniversary of the Islamic revolution on February 11, 2014. The 35th anniversary of the revolution that ousted the US-backed shah, comes as Tehran rides the wave of a landmark nuclear deal with major powers.

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Iranian president Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech on Tuesday during a rally in Tehran’s Azadi (Freedom) Square, to mark the 35th anniversary of the Islamic revolution

Mona, an Iranian girl, sells fortune papers in a subway in Tehran, Iran, 07 January 2014. International sanctions against Iran in connection with the country's controversial nuclear programmes have led the country into an economic crisis, forcing even children helping out their families as street vendors.

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Mona sells fortune papers in a subway in Tehran, Iran. The country’s economic crisis has forced many children into work to help their families

An Iranian Muslim Shia man, acting as the prophet Jesus (C) and his apostles before the battle of Karbala, take part in the annual religious performance of "Taazieh" in the Iranian town of Noosh Abad near the central city of Kashan on November 12, 2013, marking the mourning period of Ashura which commemorates the killing of Prophet Mohammed's grandson Imam Hussein.

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A Muslim Shia man, acting as the prophet Jesus, centre, and his apostles before the battle of Karbala, take part in the annual religious performance of “Taazieh” in the town of Noosh Abad near the central Iranian city of Kashan. The event marks the mourning period of Ashura which commemorates the killing of Imam Hussein, grandson of the prophet Mohammed.

U.S. Secretary of State Kerry walks to his plane after a private meeting with Israeli PM Netanyahu in Tel Aviv

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US Secretary of State John Kerry walks to his plane after a private meeting with Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on Friday

An Iranian woman holds an anti-US poster as she stands in front of a mural of the Statue of Liberty bearing the face of a skull on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran on Monday, during a demonstration to mark the 34th anniversary of the 1979 US embassy takeover.

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An Iranian woman holds an anti-US poster as she stands in front of a mural of the Statue of Liberty bearing the face of a skull on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran on Monday, during a demonstration to mark the 34th anniversary of the 1979 US embassy takeover.

Iranian Jewish men carry the Torah scroll out from a cupboard to be read during morning prayers at Youssef Abad synagogue in Tehran on September 30, 2013. Present for more than 2,500 years in Persia, Iranian Jews have lost more than 70 percent of their 80,000 to 100,00 population who lived in Iran prior to the 1979 Islamic revolution, today Iran is home to some 8,750 Jews, according to a 2011 census. They are scattered across the country, but are mostly in the capital Tehran, Isfahan in the center, and Shiraz in the south.

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Iranian Jewish men carry the Torah scroll out from a cupboard to be read during morning prayers at Yusef Abad synagogue in Tehran on Monday. Present for more than 2,500 years in Persia, Iranian Jews have lost more than 70 per cent of their 80,000 to 100,00 population who lived in Iran before the 1979 Islamic revolution. Today Iran is home to about 8,750 Jews, according to a 2011 census. They are scattered across the country, but are mostly in the capital Tehran, Isfahan in the centre and Shiraz in the south.

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.

Female Iranian mourners carry a flag-draped coffin of a soldier who was killed during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war, whose remains were recently recovered, during a funeral ceremony, in Tehran, Iran

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A flag-draped coffin of a soldier killed during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war is held aloft by female mourners during a funeral ceremony in Tehran. The soldier’s remains were only recently recovered

Iranian women pray during the Eid al-Fitr prayer in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Aug. 9, 2013. The Eid al-Fitr celebration marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims all over the world fast from sunrise to sunset.

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Women at Eid al-Fitr prayers in Tehran, Iran, on Friday, to mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan

Incineration of some 100 tons of illicit drugs in Tehran...epa03760397 Iranian police are seen in front of a cloud of smoke rising from a pile of drugs set to fire during an incineration ceremony of some 100 tons of illicit drugs in an annual ritual in Tehran, Iran, 26 June 2013, aimed at preventing drug trafficking and drug use. The drugs, mainly opium and morphine, were set ablaze in front of Tehran police and judiciary officials as well as a number of foreign dignitaries and United Nations officials.  EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

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Iranian police on Wednesday stand in front of a cloud of smoke during an incineration ceremony of about 100 tons of illicit drugs, an annual ritual in Tehran aimed at preventing drug trafficking and drug use. The drugs, mainly opium and morphine, were set ablaze in front of police and judiciary officials as well as a number of foreign dignitaries and UN officials

Iranian women show their inked fingers at a polling station during the Iranian presidential elections in the city of Shahre-Ray, Iran, 14 June 2013. More than 50 million Iranians are eligible to vote. Out of the six candidates, four have realistic chances to win the race. The four are the conservatives Ali-Akbar Velayati and Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf, reformist Hassan Rowhani and hardliner Saeed Jalili.

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Iranian women show their inked fingers at a polling station during the Iranian presidential elections in the city of Shahre-Ray, Iran

An Iranian female supporter of first vice president and reformist presidential candidate, Mohammadreza Aref

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An Iranian female supporter of Mohammad-Reza Aref, the former first vice-president who has withdrawn from the presidential election, sits surrounded by his electoral posters after the campaign rally in Tehran, Iran.

Iran presidential elections...epa03728813 A female supporter of Iranian presidential candidate Saeed Jalili holds a picture depicting Jalili during an election campaign event at the Tehran University in Tehran, Iran, 03 June 2013. Jalili said that in case of an election victory he would make no compromise in the dispute over Iranís controversial nuclear programmes. Iran will hold presidential elections on 14 June 2013.  EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

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A female supporter of Iranian presidential candidate Saeed Jalili during an election campaign event at the Tehran University on Monday. Mr Jalili said that in case of an election victory he would make no compromise in the dispute over Iran’s controversial nuclear programme. Iran will hold presidential elections on June 14. 

ranian presidential candidate Saeed Jalili campaign rally ...epa03723995 Women supporters with their children listen to the speech of Iranian presidential candidate Saeed Jalili during an election campaign rally in the city of Arak, central Iran, 30 May 2013. Iran will hold presidential elections on 14 June 2013.

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Female supporters with their children listen to a speech by Saeed Jalili, the Iranian presidential candidate, during an election campaign rally in the city of Arak on Thursday. Iran is to hold its presidential elections on June 14 

An Iranian boy stands among worshippers during the weekly Muslim Friday prayers at Tehran University in the Iranian capital on May 10, 2013.

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An Iranian boy stands among worshippers during the weekly Muslim Friday prayers at Tehran University in the Iranian capital

Iranian Air Force members march during the Army Day parade in Tehran on April 18, 2013. The Iranian army "alone" is able to destroy Israel, Tehran's regional arch foe, Islamic republic army commander general Ataollah Salehi said, on the sideline of the country's annual Army Day.

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Iranian Air Force members march during the Army Day parade in Tehran on Thursday. Islamic republic army commander general Ataollah Salehi said the Iranian army “alone” is able to destroy Israel, Tehran’s regional arch foe, on the sideline of Iran‘s annual Army Day.