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Hundreds attend funeral of Iranian dissident politician

Hundreds of Iranians attended the funeral Thursday of Ebrahim Yazdi, one of the country's most influential dissident politicians and a former foreign minister.

Yazdi was a close ally of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the late leader of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, but he opposed the takeover of the U.S. Embassy and his party later broke with the clerics as they consolidated power.

Yazdi was the English-language spokesman for Khomeini during the revolution and was appointed foreign minister in early 1979 after the toppling of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, a pro-Western monarch.

But he resigned as foreign minister later that year in protest at the takeover of the U.S....