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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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**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)