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FILE - Iranian influential former President, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani delivers a sermon during the Friday prayer at the Tehran University campus, in Tehran, Iran, in this Friday, Aug. 12, 2005 file photo. Rafsanjani is delivering the main sermon in the capital sermon this week for the first time si

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