People ride a horse and carriage at sunset in Isfahan's UNESCO-listed central square on June 2, 2014 in Isfahan, Iran. Isfahan, with its immense mosques, picturesque bridges and ancient bazaar, is a virtual living museum of Iranian traditional culture, and is Iran's top tourist destination. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Amid Uncertainty, Iranians Hope For Economic Reforms

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An Iranian man and woman check the names of candidates before voting at a polling station in the holy city of Qom, about 80 miles south of the capital Tehran, on Friday. Long lines formed and voting was extended as Iranians cast ballots in an election test for President Hassan Rouhani, who hopes to curb conservative dominance after a nuclear deal with world powers. Behrouz Mehri/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ahead of a press conference with Premier Matteo Renzi and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, wooden panels were erected around some Roman statues in Rome's Capitoline Museums. Giuseppe Lami/AP hide caption

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What Might Rouhani Have Missed When Rome Boxed Up The Nudes?

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani opens a book he gave to Pope Francis as a gift at the Vatican on Tuesday. Rouhani is the first Iranian leader to meet with the pope since 1999. With sanctions against Iran falling away, Rouhani also announced business agreements with Italy as part of his visit to Europe. Andrew Medichini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (left) meets Italian President Sergio Mattarella at the presidential palace in Rome on Monday. With many international sanctions against Iran lifted, Rouhani has become the first Iranian president to tour Europe since 1999. Gregorio Borgia/AP hide caption

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani prepares to speak with NPR's Steve Inskeep on Saturday in New York City. Rouhani spoke about the recent nuclear deal between the United States and Iran. Bryan Thomas for NPR hide caption

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Obama: Iran Nuclear Pact Provides 'Constant International Supervision'

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry goes for a stroll along the shore of Lake Geneva on Sunday prior to renewed nuclear negotiations in Geneva with his Iranian counterpart. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Low-income Iranians line up to receive food supplies in south Tehran. Iran remains an economy of subsidies, although some direct cash payments have been replaced by food baskets for the poor. Davoud Ghahrdar/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Iran's Hope Is Sanctions Relief, But Reality Is Struggling Economy

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Iranian girls show their hands, marked with the words "Down with USA," at Monday's demonstration in Tehran. Abedin Tahrkenareh /EPA/LANDOV hide caption

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On 'Morning Edition': 'New York Times' Tehran Bureau Chief Thomas Erdbrink speaks with NPR's Steve Inskeep

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Two Iranian textile merchants wait for customers in Tehran's main bazaar. President Hassan Rouhani has raised hopes by reaching out to the West and promising to work for an end to sanctions. But his team has cautioned that the country's economic problems have deep roots. Vahid Salemi/AP hide caption

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Iran's Leaders Send Sobering Message: No Quick Economic Fix

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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani waves as his motorcade leaves Tehran's Mehrabad Airport upon his arrival from New York Saturday, one day after he spoke to President Obama by phone. Atta Kenare /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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