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February 1, 2019

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, which saw 2,500 years of monarchial rule in Persia exchanged for a government in which absolute power rests with its Shiite cleric supreme leader.

The revolution caused America to lose its closest security partner in the region, Iran’s Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, tilting Washington toward Saudi Arabia. The ensuing U.S. Embassy takeover and hostage crisis has affected American relations with Iran through the decades that followed and into President Donald Trump’s administration.

Here are some of the stories The Associated Press is planning. All times EDT:

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THURSDAY, JAN. 31:

IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY-KHOMEINI’S LAUNCHPAD _ In a sleepy village outside of Paris, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini once piped out messages transmitted by phone and cassette to Iran, turning his humble abode into an international megaphone for the Islamic Revolution. MOVED.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 1:

IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY-KHOMEINI _ Unlike the political dynasties that dominate U.S., Indian and other countries’ politics, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini own family finds itself shunted to the side due to the cleric’s own orders and a system now suspicious of his offspring. UPCOMING: 925 words, photos, video.

AP WAS THERE-IRAN REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY _ The AP’s story of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini’s return to Iran. UPCOMING: 950 words, photos by 3 a.m.

IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY-TIMELINE _ Key events in Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 3 a.m.

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MONDAY, FEB. 4:

IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY-VOICES _ Forty years after overthrowing the shah, Iran’s revolutionaries have mixed feelings about its effects. UPCOMING: 725 words, photo, video by 3 a.m.

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6:

IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY-TORTURE _ The 40th anniversary of Iran’s Islamic Revolution is exposing the decades-old scars of torture used against those supporting the uprising. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, video by 3 a.m.

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THURSDAY, FEB. 7:

IRAN-REVOLUTION BABIES _ How do those 40 and younger see the Islamic Revolution that swept up their parents and grandparents decades earlier? UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, video, graphics by 3 a.m.

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FRIDAY, FEB. 8:

IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY-ECONOMY _ Iran’s economy, facing sanctions for decades since its 1979 Islamic Revolution, faces a new challenge with President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, video by 3 a.m.

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SUNDAY, FEB. 10:

IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY-INSPIRED MILITANTS _ Iran’s Islamic Revolution initially inspired but later divided Islamic militants and Islamists across the Middle East. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos, video by 3 a.m.

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MONDAY, FEB. 11:

IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY _ Iran marks the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution. UPCOMING: Text, photos and video.

AP WAS THERE-IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY _ The AP’s story of the Islamic Revolution taking hold. UPCOMING: 1,400 words, photos by 3 a.m.

IRAN-REVOLUTION ANNIVERSARY-TIMELINE _ Key events in Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. UPCOMING: 1,100 words, photos by 3 a.m.

PHOTOS:

Photo coverage from Tehran, Iran.

VIDEO:

Broadcast edits available from Tehran, Iran.

A new segment in the AP series “Revolution in Iran: History Begins Again.”

INTERACTIVES:

A timeline of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution: https://interactives.ap.org/timeline/iran-revolution-anniversary

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AP coverage will continue throughout the year, including around the Nov. 4 anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover and the start of the hostage crisis.

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