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Former Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks with the media after registering his name as a candidate for the June 18 presidential elections at elections headquarters of the Interior Ministry in Tehran, Iran. The country's former firebrand president will run again for office in upcoming elections in June. The Holocaust-denying Ahmadinejad has previously been banned from running for the presidency by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in 2017, although then, he registered anyway.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad meet in the Kremlin in Moscow.

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Outgoing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, shakes hands with President elect Hasan Rowhani, during a meeting at Rowhani's office, in Tehran, Iran. Rowhani has vowed for better ties with the world, and aims to reduce the West's sanctions against Iran over the country's disputed nuclear program.

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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid during a meeting in Tehran.

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Shalamcheh missiles are displayed by the Iranian army, as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, second left, reviews a military parade marking National Army Day, in front of the mausoleum of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran. Ahmadinejad slammed "foreign presence" in the Persian Gulf, claiming it's the source of insecurity in the region.

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Defying a threat of sanctions, Pakistan and Iran inaugurate work for a 780-km section of a gas pipeline. This much-delayed section, in Pak, to cost $1.5 bn of which Iran will dole out $500 mn. US livid.

Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad comforts Elena Frias next to the flag-draped coffin of her son, Venezuela's late President Hugo Chavez, during the funeral ceremony at the military academy in Caracas, Venezuela. Chavez died on March 5 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer. He was 58.

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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, attends a press conference with Egyptian Sunni clerics at Al-Azhar headquarters in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's most prominent Muslim cleric, the sheik of al-Azhar, has warned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad against interfering in Arab Gulf countries or trying to spread Shiite influence. Ahmadinejad, on a landmark visit to Egypt, received an uneasy reception from Ahmed el-Tayeb at al-Azhar, the Sunni Muslim world's foremost Islamic institution.

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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures as he attends the high level meeting on rule of law in the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters.

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Manmohan Singh, seen with Ahmadinejad, is welcomed in Tehran on August 29

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks as he welcomes Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, for their meeting, in Tehran, Iran.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speak during their meeting in Beijing. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was in Beijing for a regional security conference that included allies China and Russia, both part of the nuclear talks.

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In this Sunday, March 2, 2008, file photo, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reacts during a press conference in Baghdad, Iraq. Iran has played many political roles in Baghdad since the fall of Saddam Hussein: spoiler to American-crafted administrations, haven for Iraqi political outcasts and big brother to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's Shiite-led government.

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President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, second right, shakes hands with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the presidency office in Tehran, Iran, at the beginning of his two-day official visit. Ahmadinejad praised al-Maliki, saying the Iraqi prime minister is working for reconstruction and progress in his war-battered country.

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Identification document of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is placed on a polling station table, during the parliamentary elections in downtown Tehran, Iran. The balloting for the 290-member parliament is the first major voting since the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June 2009 and the mass protests and crackdowns that followed.

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President Mohd Ahmadinejad, second from left, examines Iran’s first domestically produced nuclear fuel rod, Tehran, Feb 15

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Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari, center, holds the hands of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, left, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after their joint news conference at the President House in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Afghan president says "impediments" in ties between Kabul and Islamabad must soon be removed so that progress can be made in peace talks to end the war in Afghanistan.

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A man walks past pictures of, from left, Pakistan's Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari, displayed outside the Parliament in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Presidents of Afghanistan and Iran convened in Pakistan for a three-way summit that is expected to focus on specific steps Islamabad can take to facilitate peace talks with the Afghan Taliban. The translation of Arabic inscription is "There is no God only Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah."

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, second left being escorted by technicians during a tour of Tehran's research reactor centre in northern Tehran, Iran. In defiant swipes at its foes, Iran said it is dramatically closer to mastering the production of nuclear fuel even as the U.S. weighs tougher pressures and Tehran's suspected shadow war with Israel brings probes far beyond the Middle East.

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A character representing Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad splits the UN headquarter's building with an atomic bomb, on a float during final preparations for the Rose Monday carnival parade in Cologne.

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Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, left, and Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad greet people from a balcony at the government palace in Quito, Ecuador. Ahmadinejad is on the last leg of his four nation tour to Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador.

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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves upon his arrival at the international airport in Maiquetia, Venezuela. Ahmadinejad will visit Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and Ecuador as part of a tour aimed at showing off relationships with some of Tehran's close allies while tensions grow over the country's threats to block oil shipments in retaliation for tighter U.S. sanctions.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right, flashes a victory sign with an unidentified Palestinian woman, as she is honored by him, during the "Fifth International Conference In Support of Palestine Intifada" in Tehran, Iran.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with his delegation during the bilateral meeting with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad president of Iran at UN headquarters in New York.

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External Affairs Minister S M Krishna (2L) talks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, during a meeting at UN headquarters in New York.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (R) shakes hands with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, during a meeting at UN headquarters in New York. Singh accepted in principle the invitation of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad to visit Iran when the two leaders met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, foreground third left, listens to Iranian national anthem, with other participants of the "Islamic Awakening" conference in Tehran, Iran. Iran has praised the Arab uprisings, saying the change of governments shows a new Middle East is emerging that will doom Israel and break free of what it calls American interference. Leader of Iraq's largest Shiite party, the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, Ammar al-Hakim, third right, and deputy leader of Lebanese Hezbollah, Sheik Naim Kassem, second right, stand.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, right, talks to Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, left, in their meeting at the Iranian presidency office, in Tehran, Iran. An unidentified interpreter sits at center.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, center, and his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari, right, arrive for a meeting, at the Iranian presidency office in Tehran, Iran.

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Seated around a table from left to right, Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmay Rasoul, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik, and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, attend a round of talks at the Iranian presidency office in Tehran, Iran.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers his speech, during army parade, marking national Army Day in front of the mausoleum of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini near Tehran, Iran.

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A carnival float depicting Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as a swastika running away from fire is part of the traditional carnival Rosemonday Parade in Dusseldorf, Germany. The foolish street spectacles in the carnival centers of Dusseldorf, Mainz and Cologne, watched by hundreds of thousands of people, are the highlights in Germany's carnival season on Rosemonday.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, greets well wishers from his car, as he attends a rally marking the 32nd anniversary of 1979 Islamic Revolution, in Azadi (Freedom) Street in Tehran, Iran.

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A poster of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is seen on the wall of a house at the village of Chah Ghanbar, in the Kerman province, southeastern Iran, which was destroyed after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck the region, killing less than a dozen people and injuring more than 30, Iranian state TV reported.

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Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, right, and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shake hands during their meeting at the sidelines of the Caspian summit in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, shakes hands with his Bolivian counterpart Evo Morales, during an official welcoming ceremony for him, in Tehran, Iran.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad waves to the crowds from the sunroof of his SUV upon his arrival in Beirut, Lebanon. Thousands of cheering Lebanese welcomed the Iranian President, throwing rose petals and sweets at his motorcade at the start of a visit that underscores deep divisions within this tiny Arab nation.

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Balloons with the picture of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fly over the road of Beirut International airport ,a day ahead of his visit, in Beirut , Lebanon. Hundreds of posters of Ahmadinejad and Iranian flags have gone up in Beirut and Hezbollah's heartland in southern Lebanon in support of the Iranian leader, who is due to arrive on Oct 13 for his first state visit to the country.

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A poster of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is seen set behind a billboard depicting a woman in a ahampoo ad on the Jiyeh highway, south of Beirut, Lebanon, ahead of the President's visit to Lebanon that begins on October 13. Ahmadinejad's visit to Lebanon this week will give a welcome boost to powerful Shiite ally Hezbollah, one of Tehran's most crucial sources of foreign influence, and will include a provocative jaunt to the border with archenemy Israel.

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A Lebanese worker, works next to a machine printing a huge poster of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, at a print shop in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, ahead of the Iranian leader's three-day visit to Lebanon that begins on Oct. 13. The U.S. has raised concerns about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to the country.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad speaks at United Nations headquarters.

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Iranian President Ahmadinejad, waves to his well wishers as he arrives in the city of Kerman, about 1040 kilometers southeast of the capital Tehran.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, flashes a victory sign, as his top advisor Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi, (rear right) and President's office head Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei (rear left) look on, before signing an agreement to ship most of Iran's enriched uranium to Turkey in a nuclear fuel swap deal, in Tehran, Iran.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shakes hands with his Brazilian counterpart Luis Inacio Lula da Silva during an official welcoming ceremony for him at the presidency in Tehran, Iran.

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Afghan President Hamid Karzai, shakes hands with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during a joint press conference at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. Taking aim at the U.S., Ahmadinejad said that it's the United States that is playing a "double game" in Afghanistan, fighting terrorists it once supported.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, speaks with media during his press conference at the presidency in Tehran, Iran. Ahmadinejad said Iran is installing more efficient centrifuges machines in its uranium enrichment facilities.

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Iranian protester holds a poster depicting Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Hitler, during a rally in Islamabad, Pakistan. Protesters condemned the crackdown in Tehran University by the government.

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Qatari Emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, second left, accompanied by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, reviews an honour guard during his welcoming ceremony, at the presidency in Tehran, Iran.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gestures to the media as he arrives to welcome Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, unseen, at the presidency office in Tehran.

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Iranian film director, Hana Makhmalbaf, protests as she arrives at a movie theater holding a banner against Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and a portrait of Neda Agha Soltan, a woman who was killed in Tehran protest, at the 57th Film Festival in San Sebastian, northern Spain.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivers his inauguration speech to parliament during his swearing-in ceremony for a second term as president, in Tehran, Iran

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad receiving the presidential decree from supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, for his second term as president in Tehran, Iran. The country's opposition leaders and moderates boycotted the gathering in protest over the election they claim was fraudulent.

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An Iranian resident in Japan holds a placard denouncing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and shouts slogans during a rally against the results of the presidential election in Iran in front of the United Nations University in Tokyo, Japan.

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, attends a ceremony during his visit to Assalouyeh in the Persian gulf, south of Tehran, Iran.

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Iran may be convulsing with violence and seething protests -- as many as Seven Iranian demonstrators were killed on June 15 as per official state media -- but President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is proceeding as if it's business as usual. He arrived in Russia for a summit with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, Chinese President Hu Jintao. Among those present, Manmohan Singh and Asif Ali Zardari

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A sign sits on the ground next to a painted hand of a demonstrator during a rally by Iranian students over the results of their home country's disputed election, outside the United Nations office in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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Hardline incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won a crushing victory in Iran's hotly-disputed presidential vote, that triggered mass opposition protests. Riot police were out in Tehran as thousands of supporters of his defeated rival Mir Hossein Mousavi took to the streets shouting "Down with the Dictator" after final results showed Ahmadinejad winning almost 63 per cent of the vote

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won Iran's most hotly contested presidential election with 62.63 per cent of the vote defeating his opponent, moderate ex-premier Mir Hossein Mousavi, who got 33.75 per cent of the votes. As many as 39.1 million votes were cast in Iran, representing a turnout of 85 per cent across the country. Ahmadinejad is said to have garnered a massive 24.5 million votes against 13.2 million for Mousavi in a verdict that has been charged as having been rigged by the incumbent President. The former head of the Revolutionary Guards Mohsen Rezai came third with 678,240 votes or 1.73 per cent, while reformist ex-parliament speaker Mehdi Karroubi was last with 333,635 votes.

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Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, greets his supporters after casting his ballot for the presidential elections in Tehran, Iran.

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A supporter of hard line president and candidate for presidential elections Mahmoud Ahmadinejad holds the president's poster during the final rally on Azadi street in front of the Sharif university mosque in west Tehran.

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Country heads participating in a regional summit are, from left: Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, as they join hands as they arrive to attend a summit meeting, in Tehran, Iran.

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, right, speaks with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, left, in New Delhi. A gas pipeline that would link Iran and India was at the top of the agenda as the Islamic republic's president made his first visit to New Delhi on Tuesday, despite strong U.S. objections to the project.Also See: The Persian Paradox

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