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  • ** FILE ** Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad flashes the victory sign as he attends the 12th summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Cairo on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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  • FILE - In this Sept. 1, 2012, file photo, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad flashes a victory sign in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

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  • **FILE** A currency exchange bureau worker counts U.S. dollars, as Iranian bank notes are seen at right with portrait of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, in downtown Tehran on Dec. 21, 2011. (Associated Press)

    Global clearinghouse ready to evict Iranian banks

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