2025 GMT: Smog Watch. An official with the Environmental Protection Agency says 150 industrial units in Tehran Province have been shut because of the high levels of air pollution.
1855 GMT: Political Prisoner Watch. Detained senior reformist Mostafa Tajzadeh, who was taken to hospital earlier today because of a heart condition (see 1535 GMT), has now returned to prison.
1605 GMT: Smog Watch. An image of air pollution in Tehran --- the smog has forced the closure of schools and Government buildings today and tomorrow:
Jason Rezaian, the Tehran correspondent of The Washington Post, writes:
@greenshivz Whatever the cause, no one deserves to have to breathe this.— Jason Rezaian (@jrezaian) January 5, 2013