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TEHRAN: Tehran of­fi­cials shut schools yes­ter­day as the first of the win­ter sea­son’s heavy pol­lu­tion hit the Ira­nian cap­i­tal. A blan­ket of chok­ing brown-white smog de­scended on the city on Sun­day, block­ing out the view of the moun­tains that line its north­ern edge and lead­ing many of its 14 mil­lion res­i­dents to re­treat in­doors or don face masks. The level of the dead­li­est PM2.5 par­ti­cles hit 156 yes­ter­day – more than three times the level con­sid­ered safe by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion. – AFP

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