Iranian Leader Denies Holocaust, Drops Plan to Visit World Cup

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has dropped plans to attend the World Cup in Germany. This comes after he again denied the Holocaust in an interview with a German magazine on Monday.

Football-mad President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will not be travelling to Germany to watch Iran's World Cup clashes, his spokesman told AFP Monday.

The news about the possibility of Ahmadinejad supporting the Iranian national team in person at the June 9-July 9 World Cup finals raised some eyebrows, especially after the Iranian president's provocative interview for a prominent German weekly Der Spiegel. In this interview, which was published on Monday, Ahmadinejad said he doubted the Holocaust really happened, and repeated earlier calls for Jews to leave Israel and return to Europe.

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