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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, IranRead more

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. Read more

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 Read more

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