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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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Iranians in Qom walk past electoral posters on Wednesday. Parliamentary elections are being held in Iran on Friday. Few people in Qom believe more engagement with the West is a good idea. Atta Kenare/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Iran's Religious Heartland, An Enduring Distrust Of The U.S.

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Models walk the runway during the Roberto Cavalli Ready-to-Wear fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2016 in Milan. Victor Virgile /Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images hide caption

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Tourists at Persepolis marvel at the grandeur of a bygone age amid worries about the future. Steve Inskeep/NPR hide caption

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At Persepolis, Iran's Grand Past Overshadows Its Frustrating Present

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Iranian-American businessman Siamak Namazi, shown here in a snapshot at California's Golden Gate Bridge, was arrested by Iranian authorities in October. Courtesy Bijan Khajehpour hide caption

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After Prisoner Swap, Anxiety Over Jailed Iranian-American Businessman

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Sara Noghani (left) and Pooya Shahsiah are co-owners of a Tehran shop. Noghani is weighing an opportunity to reside in Australia but wants to give things in Iran a fair chance. Steve Inskeep/NPR hide caption

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In Tehran, Waiting For Signs Of Change In 'A New World'

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"I've had more than 50 years [of] fantastic life," says Saeed Laylaz. "One year in prison is nothing against it." Steve Inskeep/NPR hide caption

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After Prison, A Tough-Minded Optimist Looks To Iran's Future

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Zarafshan comes from a family of carpet weavers, dating back to her great-grandmother. Steve Inskeep/NPR hide caption

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The Carpet Weaver Of Shiraz

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Medhi Salimian uses the words of Hafez — and the help of his bird, Sarah — to tell fortunes. Steve Inskeep/NPR hide caption

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In Iran, A Poet's 700-Year-Old Verses Still Set Hearts Aflame

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Sunni imam Aziz Babaei, in his prayer room in Tehran, has been telling other Iranian Sunnis to be careful. One radical act, he warns, could bring pain on the whole community. Steve Inskeep/NPR hide caption

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The Precarious Existence Of Iran's Sunni Muslims

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An Iran Air Boeing 747 passenger plane on the tarmac of Mehrabad Airport in Tehran in 2013. Iran bought most of its planes from Boeing before the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The country now has one of the oldest airline fleets in the world. With sanctions lifted, Boeing can once again sell planes to Iran, but the country recently announced a major deal with Airbus. BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Boeing Can Sell Planes To Iran, But Does Iran Want Them?

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Construction trailers are suspended in the middle of the 240-foot concrete wall that's been dug below ground level. This area will eventually become the underground parking garage at the hotel. Steve Inskeep/NPR hide caption

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Digging Deep To Build The Tallest Hotel In Iran

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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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