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Photos: Tehran Celebrates Iran's World Cup Qualification

Photos by ISNA photographers

Tehran's streets were filled with young revelers for the second time in four days on Tuesday after the Iranian national soccer team qualified for the 2014 World Cup finals in Brazil with a win over South Korea.

Thousands had spilled onto the streets on Saturday night to celebrate the unexpected presidential election victory of Hassan Rowhani, a cleric backed by Iranian reformers for his promises to promote less abrasive foreign relations and greater freedom at home. Many hoped he would bring a relaxation of international sanctions and an upturn in an economy where inflation and unemployment are rampant and productivity is slumping.

Impromptu street parties broke out in Tehran and across the country as the soccer news spread, with people dancing, waving flags and honking car horns, the state news agency reported. State television showed pictures of people in the streets clapping and shouting “Iran! Iran!”, and video clips of the celebrations appeared online. (read related report by Reuters)


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