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By Felicity Clarke, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - In a surprise move, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has offered refuge in Brazil to an Iranian woman sentenced to death by stoning in her own country. The appeal to the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and offer of asylum to Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, whose case has caused an international outcry, was made in Curitiba on Saturday where Lula was on the campaign trail with the PT presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff.

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