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In power: Hopes were high when Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev took power, but human rights have since become a concern. He is seeking another term in a Wednesday election. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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In power: Hopes were high when Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev took power, but human rights have since become a concern. He is seeking another term in a Wednesday election. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

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A life-size bronze statue of the late Azerbaijan president Geidar Aliev sits on Mexico City’s main boulevard. Critics say a tribute to a man who ruled a far-away land with a heavy hand shouldn’t be near statues of Mexican and foreign heroes. (Associated Press)

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A life-size bronze statue of the late Azerbaijan president Geidar Aliev sits on Mexico City’s main boulevard. Critics say a tribute to a man who ruled a far-away land with a heavy hand shouldn’t be near statues of Mexican and foreign heroes. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (www.president.az)

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**FILE** Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev (www.president.az)

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"Americans want to see a region that is free of terrorism and radicalism, they want to see nations which are able to cooperate in terms of religion and cultures, and that's what we want as well," says Elin Suleymanov, Azerbaijan's ambassador to the U.S. (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)

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"Americans want to see a region that is free of terrorism and radicalism, they want to see nations which are able to cooperate in terms of religion and cultures, and that's what we want as well," says Elin Suleymanov, Azerbaijan's ambassador to the U.S. (J.M. Eddins Jr./The Washington Times)

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The Baku Crystal Palace in Baku, Azerbaijan, is lit by lights on May 22, 2012, during the rehearsals for the 2012 Eurovision Song contest. (Associated Press)

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Pedestrians walk in downtown Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 22, 2012. The capital of this former Soviet republic has shed its dour, industrial image and evolved into a vibrant metropolis combining the old world charms of Istanbul with the architectural ostentations of Dubai. (Associated Press)

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Pedestrians walk in downtown Baku, Azerbaijan, on May 22, 2012. The capital of this former Soviet republic has shed its dour, industrial image and evolved into a vibrant metropolis combining the old world charms of Istanbul with the architectural ostentations of Dubai. (Associated Press)

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The Baku Crystal Palace in Baku, Azerbaijan, is lit by lights on May 22, 2012, during the rehearsals for the 2012 Eurovision Song contest. (Associated Press)

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Ireland's Jedward performs during the first semifinal of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest at the Baku Crystal Hall in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Tuesday. The finals of the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest will be held at the stadium on Saturday. (Associated Press)

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From left, President Barack Obama, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari talk during a family picture of NATO leaders at the NATO Summit in Chicago, Monday, May 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, Pool)

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From left, President Barack Obama, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari talk during a family picture of NATO leaders at the NATO Summit in Chicago, Monday, May 21, 2012. (AP Photo/Philippe Wojazer, Pool)