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Iran is in a currency crisis largely credited to Western sanctions. Its central bank announced Thursday an 8.5 percent devaluation of the currency, and Wednesday the president agreed to a dramatic interest rate increase.

Iran is in a currency crisis largely credited to Western sanctions. Its central bank announced Thursday an 8.5 percent devaluation of the currency, and Wednesday the president agreed to a dramatic interest rate increase.

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