Iranians look at a carpet at Iran’s international hand-woven carpet exhibition in Tehran on September 29, 2013. Iran exports carpets to at least 70 countries around the world. Experts attribute the increasingly lucrative market for Persian carpets worldwide to its quality, color and design. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRI
A man shouts slogans as he distributes electoral leaflets of the United Conservatives’ Front candidates for the upcoming parliamentary elections outside the Tehran University compound on Feb. 24, 2012.
Campaigning has begun for Iran’s March 2 parliamentary election, the first nationwide vote since the disputed 2009 re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that sparked eight months of unrest and a crushing state response. 3,444 candidates are standing for election to the 290-seat parliament.
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