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Iran commemorates its 1979 revolution

TEHRAN, Iran - Thousands of people took to the streets of Iran's capital on Monday to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, which ousted a secular, pro-American monarchy and replaced it with an anti-Western theocracy.

Despite rainy weather, people of all ages swarmed Tehran's Azadi Square - and as in previous years, this year's demonstration took on a festival-like atmosphere.

Children were entertained with music, and some people carried effigies of Israeli Prime

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